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There are numerous indications for doing a bone scan. These include pain, metastatic disease, osteomyelitis, trauma, arthritis Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, primary bone tumors, in addition to many other medical or surgical conditions.

Preparation/instructions

When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.


Instructions

No special preparations necessary for this procedure.

Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call  our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist . It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

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The procedure

 The procedure is very simple and non-traumatic. It requires that you get an injection in a vein, usually in your arm. The injection contains a small amount of radioactive material. The amount of radiation is about equal to a chest x-ray series.

After the injection, you may or may not get a short scan immediately, depending upon the type of bone scan you need. You will then be free to go for 3 to 4 hours. The technologists will tell you exact time to return to the examination room.

During this 3 to 4 hours time break, you will be required to drink a lot of fluids and urinate (empty your bladder) as frequently as possible because the excess radioactive material is excreted in the urine when you use the bathroom. You may also eat during this time if you wish.

When you return you will be asked to lie down or sit and various pictures are taken for your particular scan. Once the scan is completed, the technician will develop the films and review them with the doctor. More views may be necessary. If not, you will be told that you are free to go.

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After Care

Children under the age of 18 years need to be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian). We strongly advise that patients not bring children along without another responsible supervising adult. We cannot provide supervision for the children.

After the exam you can resume your normal activities.

Results of your exams will be discussed with you by your doctor.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

 

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