Bone Scan

A Bone Scan is a simple test used in diagnosing and assessing a wide range of bone and joint conditions. The most common reasons would include fractures, arthritis, infection and cancer.

The Procedure

When you arrive, we will discuss the test with you.

A small injection of a radioactive isotope is given into a vein. We may then take the first set of pictures immediately after the injection using a special camera. This takes about 15 minutes. After this, you may leave the Practice. You will be given a time to return for a second set of pictures about 2-3 hours later. This delay allows the radioactive material to accumulate into your bones.

Before coming back to the Practice for the second set of pictures, you may eat and drink normally. Drinking plenty of fluids before and after the injection helps us take better pictures of your bones. You may empty your bladder as often as you like and we will also ask you to empty your bladder before your second set of pictures.

Bone scan

When the pictures are taken, you will need to lie very still and breathe normally.

Occasionally, we may also take a special low dose CT scan together with the bone scan to improve the accuracy of our interpretation of your condition.

CT scan

Side effects

There are usually no side effects.

Please advise the Nuclear Medicine Technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or unsure of your pregnancy status before commencing the procedure.

Patient Preparation


What to bring

Please bring your Medicare Card, previous scans and X-rays (including CT scans, MRI Scans, and Ultrasound scans).


You should wear comfortable clothing. We may ask you to remove metallic objects.


There is NO restriction on food and drink intake prior to or after the scan. If you are on any medications, you may continue to take them.