A bone scan involves an injection of a radiopharmaceutical into a vein in the arm.

This radiopharmaceutical then moves from the blood into your bones at which point scans are then performed.

Depending on what information your doctor requires, some initial images called Blood Pools may be performed with the patient lying on a bed and a Gamma camera placed near the body. The patient is then asked to return approximately 2 – 4 hours later. This delay is to allow the RP to move from the blood into the bones. When the delayed imaging is performed, it may take from 20 minutes to an hour, on the same bed as the initial imaging.

 

Before your Scan

There is no specific preparation involved.

Duration

Up to 5 hours, including 2 – 4 hours when the patient can leave the department.