It is estimated that about 20% of Caucasian women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. As a disease that causes the bones to become weak and brittle, osteoporosis is something that can easily be treated by taking calcium supplements. To help your doctor determine whether or not you have this disease, they will conduct a bone scan. As a two-part examination, a bone scan involves an injection and the actual scan itself. This article will discuss what you can expect from your bone scan to help you feel more prepared. Read on to learn more.
When you first arrive at UTMB Radiology to get your bone scan, we will perform an injection. This injection contains tiny amounts of radioactive materials called tracers. Once injected into your veins, the tracers will take a few hours to circulate throughout your blood and bones. While you wait to have your scan, you will be encouraged to stay hydrated by drinking at least a few cups of water.
After the tracers have properly circulated through your body, you will be ready for your bone scan. As a painless procedure, the scan is nothing to worry about. While sitting still on a table, an arm-like device will scan your entire body to check for bone density. Lasting about 30 minutes, the scan itself is fast and easy.
After a few days, one of our radiologists at UTMB Radiology will look at your bone scan results to identify any abnormalities in your bone metabolism. If it is determined that you do have some abnormalities, your doctor may order further testing or may just diagnose you with osteoporosis.
Getting a bone density scan for osteoporosis is more time consuming than anything. However, as one of the most accurate tests available, it will help your doctor provide you with the correct diagnosis. To learn more about bone density scans or to schedule an appointment, contact UTMB Radiology today!