WHAT IS AN OSTEOSCAN™?
OsteoScan™ is a specialized type of PET/CT Scan specifically designed to detect and assess bone trauma. Many times bone trauma may be clinically suspected, but difficult to detect utilizing conventional anatomic imaging such as x-ray, CT or MRI. Frequently OsteoScan™ can detect bone injury when other imaging is negative.
BEFORE YOUR OSTEOSCAN™ EXAM
You will receive a phone call 1-2 days before your exam to review preparation instructions and address any questions you may have.
After your arrival, you will be escorted to one of our private patient rooms, and a technologist will review your exam with you. We will ask you questions about your medical history and any past exams. You will receive an injection of a small amount of a radiopharmaceutical. This radiopharmaceutical will lose its radioactivity very quickly. In all cases, little or no radioactivity will remain in your body more than a few hours after your exam.
DURING YOUR OSTEOSCAN™ EXAM
You will lie on a comfortable padded table. The table will move slowly through the tube-shaped PET/CT scanner as it acquires the information needed to generate diagnostic images. You will be asked to lie very still during the scan because movement can interfere with the results. During the scan, you might hear a humming noise, but you will not feel anything unusual. You may feel the table move while images are being taken at certain on your body. The technologist will have
AFTER YOUR OSTEOSCAN™ EXAM
After consulting with the PET/CT technologist, you may leave. Unless you have received special instructions, you will be able to eat and drink immediately. There are no restrictions from driving under normal circumstances.
The radiologist will carefully review the images from your OsteoScan™ exam and send a full report of the findings to your doctor, who will then discuss the findings with you.
you in full view during the exam and will be able to answer any questions you might have.
The OsteoScan™ exam should last between 45 and 60 minutes.
Plan to spend approximately 2 1/4 hours with us.
OSTEOSCAN™ EXAM PREPARATION
No advance preparation is required.
If you feel feverish, please call this to our attention.
Please let us know if you might be pregnant or are currently breast feeding.
Please bring copies of your most recent films and reports with you to the exam. They will be returned after the radiologist has reviewed them.