Bone Scan

October 26, 2016

A bone scan is a nuclear imaging test that helps diagnose and track several types of bone disease. Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain suggesting bone loss, bone infection, or a bone injury undetectable on a standard x-ray. In the nuclear whole body bone scan technique, the patient is injected (usually into a vein in the arm or hand) with a small amount of radioactive material and then scanned with a gamma camera sensitive to the radiation emitted by the injected material. This test is usually completed within 4 to 6 hours.