Total Time Required:
Scan: 3 1/4 hours
Scan/Flow: 3 3/4 hrs.
What is a bone scan with/without flow?
A nuclear medicine examination to check the bones for infection, fractures, tumors or any other bone abnormalities.
Why do I need a bone scan with/without flow?
A bone scan with/without flow will show any kind of infection or fracture of the bones that may not show on x-rays. It also is used to determine if a tumor has spread to the bones and can show other kinds of abnormal bone growth.
How do I prepare for my bone scan with/without flow?
There is no preparation required.
What can I expect during the test?
For the bone flow and scan, the camera will be positioned over a certain area of interest. You will be given an injection and pictures will be taken at that time, then you will return in two hours for the bone scan. You will be asked to drink five to eight cups of water prior to returning for the scan.
For the bone scan only, you will be given an injection and asked to return in two hours for pictures. During the two-hour wait, you will be asked to drink five to eight cups of fluids.
What do I do after my bone scan with/without flow?
The nuclear medicine physician will read the scans and send the results to your doctor, who will discuss the results with you.