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 two to three 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 three to four hours for more imaging. During this time, you will be instructed to drink two to four 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 provider. Your provider 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 ext. 1244.