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Bone Scan

A bone scan can help your physician diagnose damage and other abnormalities in your bones. During the test, a radioactive solution is injected into the bloodstream, which travels to your bones. A special camera then photographs the area of interest or does a whole body scan. Areas where bone is breaking down or repairing itself tend to absorb the most solution. These will be bright spots in the pictures, while those with reduced blood flow will appear dark or black. Your doctor may order a bone scan to check for infections, cancer that has spread to the bones from other parts of the body, or causes of unexplained bone pain, as well as to diagnose and monitor various other bone diseases and conditions. Bone scans detect changes in your bones before they would show up on an X-ray.

Planning for a Bone Scan

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