Bone Scan

Radioisotope Bone scan, Whole Body 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.
  • you are breastfeeding, claustrophobic and/or if you are the primary/sole carer for small children when you book your appointment.
  • you have had any reactions to injections used for imaging.

Please bring any previous nuclear medicine scans or any other scans relating to the current problem.

Preparation

No preparation

How long does it take?

2- 4.5 hours

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 given a time to return to the practice 2- 4.5 hrs later for more images. Please go about your normal activities including drinking/eating and driving, during this time.

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.

After your examination

Eat and drink as normal before and after your scan.

Resume normal activities (including driving) following your injection.

It is recommended that you minimise close contact with others (especially babies and small children) for up to 4 hours.

Your images and report

All images for your study will be available on the myPRP patient portal soon after your examination is complete. A report that includes a link to your study will be sent directly to your referring doctor. PRP Imaging will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

Normal and abnormal studies are both important for your management and PRP Imaging encourages you to return to your doctor for review of the results.