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Bone Scan
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Bone Scan?

In case of emergency, call 911.

The test is done to detect an abnormal process involving your bone, including the following:

  • Stress injuries (eg, stress fracture , shin splints )
  • Infection ( osteomyelitis )
  • Arthritis
  • Bone tumors
  • Cancer
  • Trauma
  • Metabolic disorders (eg, Paget’s Disease )
  • Nutritional disorders that can affect bones, like low vitamin D levels (eg, rickets )
  • Death of an area of bone tissues due to blocked circulation ( avascular necrosis )

Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures
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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a bone scan, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Allergic reaction to the injected material
  • Infection

Some people worry about the use of slightly radioactive material. The amount of radioactivity is very small. It is eliminated from the body within 2-3 days.

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.

Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have questions about the test, your condition, or your test results.