A bone scan involves injecting a small amount of a radioactive substance that attaches to the bones. This scan helps detect, or further examine, bone and joint problems sooner than other imaging studies. Your doctor may order it to look for a variety of bone problems, such as:
Additional X-rays may be performed to help the radiologist with their interpretation of your bone scan. If this is required, they will be done after the bone scan is finished and may take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
We do our best to have the specialized nuclear medicine physician interpret the data and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day. If there is any additional urgency, please inform our team.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinics.
Please ensure that you bring your requisition with you to your appointment.
Part 1: 15 minutes
Part 2: 30 minutes
*Two-part appt., imaging booked 2-5 hours apart