Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to detect bone infections, lesions, degenerative disorders or fractures.

Preparation: A Bone Scan does not require any advance preparation. You should not have had any barium studies 2-3 days prior to your Bone Scan. A Nuclear Medicine Technician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.

What to Expect:
Part 1: You will receive an injection of a radioactive isotope into a vein in your arm. If ordered by your doctor, images will be taken immediately following the injection.

Part 2: You will be asked to return in approximately 3-4 hours for more imaging. During this time, you will be instructed to drink 2-4 glasses of liquid. When you return, you will lie on your back on the nuclear medicine table while images are acquired.

Post Exam Information: Your images will be reviewed by a Radiologist and the results of your exam will be forwarded to your physician. Your physician will be able to discuss the results of your exam with you.

Time Frame: 15 minutes for first portion of exam
45-60 minutes for second portion of exam

Contact for additional information: Rusk County Memorial Hospital Imaging Services Department at 715-532-5561 extension 244.