Bone Scan

Also known as: Radioisotope Bone scan, Wholebody Bone scan, WBBS, Limited Bone scan.

A Bone scan is a very sensitive test which can be used to identify and diagnose many bone conditions including (but not limited to) infection, malignancy, sports injuries, fractures and arthritis.

Please advise us beforehand

Please make staff aware if you are, or think you could be pregnant, breastfeeding, claustrophobic and/or if you are the primary/sole carer for small children when you book your appointment.

Bring any previous Nuclear Medicine scans or any other scans relating to the area of interest.


No preparation 

What happens during the procedure

Part 1: You will be given a small injection of a radioactive tracer that the body absorbs into the bones. This injection is unlikely to make you feel any different. Depending on the reason for your scan, the technologist may take some images immediately following the injection to assess the blood flow to the area of interest. This part takes about 15 minutes to complete. You will then be sent away for a period of time (2-4 hours) during which time you can go about your normal activities (including eating, drinking, driving your car etc) and given a time to return to the practice.

Part 2: When you return, the technologist will perform scans of your bones. This part usually takes between 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on which part of the body is being scanned.

How long does it take?

In total, this test can take from 3 to 5.5 hours.

After your examination

Eat and drink as normal before and after your scan.

Resume normal activities (including driving) following your injection.

Your images and report

After your examination, the most pertinent images from your study will be available on the myPRP patient portal. A report, along with the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. PRP will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.
Please bring any previous X-rays with you.
It is important that you return to your doctor with your examination results. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.