Patient Preparation

There is no special preparation required prior to having a bone scan. You may eat normally and should drink plenty of fluids before and after the scan. If you are on any prescribed medications, you may continue to take them as usual unless instructed otherwise. You may be asked to remove jewelry or other metal objects, so dress accordingly.

If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please call our office at least 24 hours in advance so that we may fill that time slot with another patient.

If you have had previous diagnostic studies (bone scan, x-ray, etc.), please bring those films and reports with you to your appointment, or request your physician send them to the imaging center.

As with most tests, tell your doctor if you are breast feeding, pregnant or think you might be pregnant. Bone scans aren't usually performed on pregnant women because of concerns about radiation exposure to the fetus.

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