What to Expect

When you arrive at the imaging center check in at the front desk. One of our technologists will call you back to the imaging area to collect your medical history.

Before your scan, you will receive an intravenous injection containing a small amount of radiopharmaceutical 18F NaF. Then you will be asked to relax for 60 minutes in one of our patient waiting areas. This time is needed for the radiopharmaceutical to distribute naturally throughout your body. During this time you may read a book or magazine and have water to drink.

After the waiting period and before your scan, you will be asked to empty your bladder. This is done so that the images of pelvic and hip bones will show up clearly. The technologist will then position you on the bed of the scanner. You will lie on the bed for your scan, which will take approximately 30 minutes. You will feel the bed move slowly through the PET/CT scanner opening, first taking a CT scan, followed by a PET scan. Our technologist will instruct you and keep you informed during the entire examination. Since movement of the body while the images are being taken may require the scan to be repeated, you should remain as still as possible and breathe normally, unless told otherwise.

A PET/CT bone scan is fast, straightforward and painless.