Bone Scan

A bone scan is a test that checks your bones for changes or damage.

BEFORE THE TEST

  • Drink extra fluids for 24 hours before the test.

  • Do not have tests using barium or X-ray dye (contrast dye) for 48 hours before the test.

  • Continue a normal diet and medicine schedule, or as told by your doctor.

  • Do not wear jewelry or clothes with metal to the exam.

  • You may need to sign a form that says you agree to have the test (consent form).

  • Arrange for somone to drive you home after the test.

TEST

  • Medicine is put through an IV tube in your arm or hand. The medicine is slowly taken into your bones and lets your bones show up on the scan. The medicine allows your doctor to see areas of:

  • Weakness.

  • Wear.

  • Damage.

  • You will need to drink about 3 big glasses of liquid after the medicine is given to you.

  • Your scan will start once your bones soak up the medicine.

  • Go pee (urinate) before the scan starts or as told by your doctor. Make sure no drops of pee (urine) get on your skin or clothes. These drops may make the scan hard to read.

  • The scan takes about 1 hour. You will lie down while the camera takes scans of your bones from head to toe.

AFTER THE TEST

  • All of the medicine will leave your body through your pee.

  • The bone scans will be checked. Sometimes more pictures may be needed.

  • Return to normal activities.

Finding out the results of your test

Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your test results.