Your understanding of the treatments and tests you receive is very important to everyone at Howard Regional Health System. Therefore, this information is meant to acquaint you with standard procedures followed in a routine bone scan. This guide provides you with the basic facts and information about this test. Read the material, share it with your family and ask any clarifying questions of the nurse or technologist.
A bone scan is a picture taken of your skeleton after IV injection of a radioactive isotope. The injected radiation is a very small amount, approximately what is obtained when receiving a chest x-ray. This film serves as a permanent record and is studied by a radiologist, who is trained to interpret scans.
- You do not need to restrict food or fluids before the test.
- You need to drink extra liquids after the IV injection.
- You will be injected with a radioisotope at your appointment time.
- Four hours after your injection, you will be asked to return to the nuclear medicine department where pictures of your skeleton will be taken with a special camera. This will take about 40 minutes.
- When the scan is over, you will be free to leave the facility.
- A radiologist will study your bone scan and report the findings to your doctor. Your doctor will then discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.
Your comfort during this procedure is very important to the staff at Howard Regional Health System. Please let the technologist know if there is something that can be done to make you more comfortable during this procedure. If you have other questions not answered on this sheet, please don’t hesitate to call the Imaging Services Department at (765) 453-8413. Thank you for allowing us to service your healthcare needs.