Whole Body Bone Study

This special test uses a radioactive dye, or tracer, to find and/or monitor different types of bone conditions or diseases.




This special test uses a radioactive dye, or tracer, to find and/or monitor different types of bone conditions or diseases.



A whole body bone scan is a special test that uses a radioactive tracer to find and/or monitor different types of bone conditions or diseases.

  • A radioactive tracer is injected into a small tube placed in a vein. Images are then taken as the tracer is absorbed by the bones.
  • A bone scan can show problems in the bones.These are sometimes called, “hot spots.”
  • Further studies are often needed to determine the cause of the problem.

Your healthcare provider may order a bone scan to:

  • Evaluate symptoms that could be related to your bones
  • Assess an injury that may have affected your bones
  • Determine if a cancer has spread to the bones from another place in the body
  • Follow up on abnormalities found during a regular x-ray or ultrasound

This test can help diagnose several diseases and conditions. These include:

  • Broken bones
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Infection
  • Low blood supply to one or more bones

Not everybody with bone disease needs to have a whole body bone scan. A whole body bone scan can be particularly useful to see:

  • If cancer has spread
  • When earlier tests do not clearly show the source of a problem or symptom.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a whole body bone scan?

  • Why are you ordering this test? Are there any alternatives to this test?
  • What are the possible risks/complications?
  • How will I feel after the test?
  • What symptoms might indicate a problem after the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

X-ray
Whole Body Scan
Whole Body Bone Study
Scan
Bone Scan
Bone Problems


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