Test Details & Preparation
What is whole body bone scan?
Whole Body Bone Scan is a type of nuclear imaging test that helps diagnose and track several types of bone disease using small amounts of radioactive materials called tracers (radionuclides). These tracers accumulate in certain organs and tissues, such as bones.
Once introduced into the body, tracers extract a type of radiation called gamma waves, which are detected by a special camera. This camera produces images that are interpreted by the radiologists.
Your doctor may recommend a Whole Body Bone Scan to evaluate:
- Cancer originating in the bone
- Infection of the joints
- Joint replacements or bones
- Impaired blood supply to the bones
- Unexplained bone pain
For certain conditions your doctor might also order additional imaging called single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT). This can help analyze conditions that are especially deep in your bone or in places that are difficult to see with static or two-dimensional (planar) images.