3Phase Bone Scan at Swedish

Information and Preparation Instructions

Please arrive in the Radiology department for the admissions process. A nuclear medicine technologist will greet you for the appointment. A small intravenous line (I.V.) will be started by the technologist for the exam. Please wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing. The technologist will inject a radioactive tracer through the I.V. and images begin immediately. The radiotracer will not cause any allergic reaction or discomfort. The immediate images will take 10 minutes.  You may then leave and eat or drink whatever you would like. The technologist will inform you on a time to return to the radiology department for further imaging (approximately 3 to 4 hours later). When you return, a series of images will be taken. Usually this will not take longer than 1 hour.

Before Your 3Phase Bone Scan

  • Drink plenty of fluid before imaging
  • Please empty your bladder prior to imaging
  • Please notify the technologist of any pain, injuries, or recent trauma