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Bone Scan


Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Before Your Scan Appointment

Let the technologist know if you:

 Take any medication

 Are pregnant or breastfeeding

 Have had a nuclear medicine scan before

 Have had a recent barium study or an x-ray using contrast

 Have any fractures or artificial joints

 Have any allergies

bone scan is an imaging test that uses a special camera to form images of your bones. It is used to diagnose bone problems, such as fractures, cancer, or infections, and joint problems such as arthritis. It is also used to check joint replacements.


During Your Scan Appointment

Your bone scan may take up to a half day. Bring something you can do while waiting to have your scan.

A large camera takes images of your bones.

When You Arrive

 You are injected with a tracer (a small amount of radioactive material).

 Your scan may be done right away or a few hours later. If your scan is done right away, you will have a second scan in a few hours.

During the Scan

 You will lie on a narrow imaging table.

 A large camera is placed close to your body.

 Remain as still as you can while the camera takes the pictures. This will ensure the best images.

 The table or camera may be adjusted to take more pictures.

After Your Exam

 Drink plenty of water to help clear the tracer from your body.

 Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up visit or over the phone.

Your next appointment is:________________

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics
140 24th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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