Bone Imaging


Bone Scans

Available only at our Colorado facility, we offer patients a quiet, spa-like imaging center, with ample parking, to serve your bone imaging needs.

Why a Bone Scan Might Be Right For You

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The nuclear medicine bone scan is carried out by nuclear medicine technologists. The images taken by the technologist are reviewed by a nuclear medicine specialist doctor who provides a written report to the doctor who referred you for the bone scan.

There are minimal risks involved in the nuclear medicine bone scan procedure and normally, there are no after-effects of a nuclear medicine bone scan.

The radiopharmaceutical used in a bone scan is not known to have any adverse interaction with food or medication you might be taking. You should feel no effect from the injection of radiopharmaceutical. You can carry out normal activities between the injection and the delayed images, and after the scan.

A nuclear medicine bone scan shows the effects of injury or disease (such as cancer) or infection on the bones. A nuclear medicine bone scan also shows whether there has been any improvement or deterioration in a bone abnormality after treatment.

A radioactive material (radiopharmaceutical) is injected into a vein, attaches to the bones and is detected by a special camera (gamma camera) that takes images or pictures that show how the bones are working.

Your treating provider may order a bone scan if you are experiencing unexplained skeletal pain, a bone infection or a bone injury that can’t be seen using standard X-ray imaging. A bone scan is a nuclear medicine test that is used to help track and diagnose several types of bone disease and examine the bones for damage caused by cancer or another disease. The scan can also help find cancer which began in the bones as well as cancer that has metastasized (spread) to the bone from other parts of the body. Often, a bone scan can detect problems days to months earlier than a standard X-ray scan. Bone scans are also used to monitor how cancer in the bone is responding to treatment.

A bone scan helps your doctor evaluate how your bones are working and provides information to help diagnose and treat your condition. It can show injury to the bones, the effects of disease such as cancer or infection, as well as any improvement or deterioration in a bone abnormality after any treatment you might be having.

During the scan, a small amount of a radioactive tracer is injected into a vein in your arm. The tracer travels through your bloodstream and then absorbed by the bones. Our camera then takes pictures of the tracer in your bones. The pictures show areas abnormal areas that absorbed very little to no amount of the tracer, which could be indicative of lack of blood flow to the bone or certain types of cancer.

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