Three-Phase Bone Scan

What is a three-phase bone scan?

A three-phase bone scan is a nuclear medicine test. It uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to help diagnose osteomyelitis (bone infection) and fractures that are not visible on X-rays. Learn more about three-phase bone scan.

Where is the nuclear medicine department located?

We are located in the inpatient radiology department of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

Where should I park?

Park in the main lot in front of the hospital. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the main entrance. Admissions is to the left as you enter the lobby. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • There are no special dietary or medication restrictions for a three-phase bone scan.
  • You should keep yourself well hydrated between the time of your injection (see below) and your final visit to the department.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • This test requires 2 visits, approximately 3 hours apart. There may also be a third visit; if so, it will be on the day following the initial visit.
  • At the first visit, a technologist will inject you with a radioactive isotope and take a series of images.
  • When the first set of images is complete, you may leave the department.
  • At the second visit, we will take another series of images. This part of the process ranges from 30-60 minutes.
  • At the end of your second visit, a radiologist will evaluate your images to determine the necessity of a third visit.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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