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 produce images of bones that may have been affected by trauma or disease.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

Your physician may call for a three-phase bone scan to help diagnose the source of bone pain. This test is especially valuable in assessing and determining the extent of:

  • Fractures that are not visible on X-rays
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)

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