Bone Scan

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What does it involve?

This is a whole body scan of the bones. You will be injected with a radioactive tracer after which you will remain in the waiting area for 2 hours until it is taken up by the bones. During this time you need to drink plenty of fluids of your choice (about 1 litre). You will then be told to lie on a bed while a Gamma camera stays close to your body to record images of your bones. The scan lasts between 25 to 30 minutes and you will be asked to stay still for this period.

 

What is it used for?

This is a test looking at the cells of your bones for signs of infection, fractures, damage or even cancer.

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