You’ve discussed a bone scan with your doctor and want to know more. Feel confident understanding what to expect and how it works.
What is a bone scan? It’s an important way to see if a disease has developed in your bones. It functions much like a standard X-ray, but differs in that a radioactive material is injected into your body. This material settles into your bones for a short time and allows your doctor to detect bone disease much earlier than when using typical X-ray.
It’s a comfortable procedure that takes about three to four hours, which includes time for the injected material to settle and for the actual scan (X-ray).
Why is a bone scan important to your health? A bone scan is an important tool to quickly detect the source of various symptoms you may have experienced like bone pain or swelling. Early detection is essential to prevent fractures or the spread of disease or infection through your bones. You and your doctor can discuss the most effective treatments based on your bone scan results.
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