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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 )
- Bone tumors
- 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 )
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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
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.
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Call your doctor if you have questions about the test, your condition, or your test results.