When would you need a Bone Scan?

When would you need a Bone Scan?

Do you experience bone pain? Do you experience swelling in the affected area of a bone? Do you experience fever and chills? You might be suffering from bone problems. Bone problems can be diagnosed in many ways. One way is bone scan. Bone scan can give many details about bones. What are they? Read on…
Bone is a very important organ in the body. Any fault in the bone can be diagnosed with the help of a bone scan.


Bones support and protect various organs in the body. Bones enable movement. They are responsible for producing white blood cells. White blood cells protect the body from infectious diseases and foreign invaders. Bones also are responsible for producing red blood cells. The red blood cells transport the oxygen from lungs to all of the body tissues.

Bone is also responsible for storing minerals, storing fats, etc. They are important to maintain the acid-base balance in the body. Bones are capable of removing toxic materials from blood which are later on expelled in the form of body excretions. The bone cells release a hormone that is responsible in increasing the insulin production and reducing the fat storage.

Hence the healthy body requires healthy bones.

Factors like extreme pressure on the bone, error in cell’s DNA etc can lead to bone fractures, infections, bone cancer etc. The above problems with the bones can be diagnosed with the help of bone scan.

What is a bone scan?

Bone scan is a procedure wherein a radioactive tracer is injected into a vein in the arm. This tracer will travel through the blood into the bones. Then a special camera will take pictures of the tracer in the bones.

What information is found out from a bone scan?

A bone scan can provide the doctor with the following details:

  • Tumor in bones
  • Arthritis
  • Bone cancer
  • Spread of cancer from bone to other parts of the body
  • Location and cause of unexplained bone pain
  • Fractured bones that are clearly not visible in X-rays
  • Damage  to the bones caused by infection

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