Whole-Body 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 (I.V.) line 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. After the injection, the technologist will instruct you on when to return to the department for imaging (approximately 3 to 4 hours). During this time, you can eat or drink as normal. When you arrive back to the department, images consisting of a whole-body scan will be taken. This will last approximately 30 minutes with potential subsequent imaging.

Before Your Whole-Body 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