Whole Body Bone Scan

What is a whole body bone scan?

A whole body bone scan is a nuclear medicine test. It uses a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to help evaluate bone changes—such as bone loss or growths—or injury.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

Your physician may call for a whole body bone scan to help determine the cause of bone pain. Because this exam also can help discover issues sooner than a regular X-ray would, your physician may also use it to assess the presence and extent of various conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Impaired blood supply to the bones
  • Infection
  • Tumors

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