Bone Scan

Your doctor has recommended that you receive a bone scan. The role of this procedure is to evaluate your bones to detect arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures, sports injuries, or other bone abnormalities. Bone scans may also be used to evaluate unexplained bone pain. Our team of specialized doctors, nurses and technologists is led by Louise Thomson, MD and Alessandro D'Agnolo, MD, co-chiefs of Nuclear Medicine.

Before Arriving for Your Exam

  • You can print and fill out the Bone Scan Questionnaire on our Pre-Registration Questionnaire page before arriving to speed the registration process.
  • If your doctor gave you an order, please bring it with you.
  • We want to make your waiting time as pleasant as possible. Consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass the time.
  • Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.

After Arriving

  • Upon arrival, the technologist will explain your procedure and answer any questions you may have.

During Your Exam

  • You will receive an intravenous injection (in your vein) of a tracer dose of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity is extremely low and has no side effects.
  • You will be instructed to drink plenty of fluids (24 to 32 oz.) during the three-hour delay between your injection and your scan.
  • If you are an outpatient, you may leave the medical center during the three-hour delay.
  • Once you are ready, the scan will take approximately one hour.
  • During that time you will be required to lie flat on your back, without moving.
  • Using a special nuclear medicine camera, pictures of your bones will be obtained. The camera does not produce any radiation; it simply detects and records the distribution of the radioactive material in your body.

After Your Exam

  • There are no post-exam instructions.
  • Your study will be reviewed by an imaging physician specialist and the results sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 310-423-8000.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.