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Bone Scan: Patient Instruction sheet

The doctor has suggested a bone scan for you. The purpose of this scan is to determine the presence of bone abnormalities that are not easily detected when taking an x-ray.

The Procedure You are requested to arrive in Nuclear Medicine department on ______ (date) at ________ (time). There is no requirement of fasting for this test. You are allowed to eat and drink throughout the day.

The Bone Scan In the Nuclear Medicine Department, you will have a small amount of radio-isotope injected through the cannula and the scan will start 2- 3 hours later. The scan takes a period of 30 minutes during which you need to lie reasonably still. An additional SPECT CT scan may also be acquired in some patients, whenever felt necessary by Nuclear Medicine physician.

In case of three-phase bone scan, an additional scan is acquired at the time of injection of radio-isotope.

After the procedure

When the scan is complete, the cannula is removed and you can go home. No special precautions are required.

Possibility of side-effects

There are no side-effects of the radioisotope but as it can take up to 24 hours to discard from the body. The radioisotope is passed through your urine, hence, we would like you to drink more water than usual after the scan.

Shall I bring previous lab and radiology reports on the day of the scan?

Yes, you should bring previous Bone scan films and reports (if available) for comparison purposes. Also, bring the recent radiology (x-ray, CT scan etc) and laboratory (blood & urine test) reports on the day of the scan.

Results of the scan

You will receive the results at 5 PM on the same day. The report will be accompanied with scan films.

*If you have any further questions, Please feel free to contact the Nuclear Medicine Department, Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka on 011-41274257, 011-41274251 between 9 AM – 5 PM (Monday-Saturday).




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