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  • Bone Scan

  • Bone scans make it possible for physicians to look at your bones in very different way than regualr x-rays. The bone scan enables the doctor to see how your bones are functioning by looking at the blood flow to your bones.

    What to Expect

    There is no special preparation for this test.

    • Upon arrival, you will be injected with a small amount of radioactive material. There are no side effects to this injection. The injection needs time to circulate in your system before we can take images of your bones.
    • There is approximately a three-hour wait between the time of the injection and the time we start taking pictures. For certain conditions and at the request of your physician, you may receive your injection while you are positioned under our camera, so that we can see the initial blood flow to a specific bone or area. This process takes around 15 minutes.
    • You will be asked to drink around three to four glasses of fluids between the time of injection and the time images are taken. Fluids help flush out the material that does not go to your bones. By flushing out the excess material, we are better able to see your bones. You can go to the bathroom as often as you need. We will ask you to use the bathroom again just before you are taken into the imaging room.
    • You will be asked to lie down on a stretcher. The camera will be above and/or below you. We generally take pictures of your entire body. Special views may be required if you have a specific area of concern. The imaging takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

    To schedule an exam please call 401-793-4480. For more information about general nuclear medicine at The Miriam Hospital, call 401-793-4118 or e-mail cmonteiro1@lifespan.org.