A bone marrow scan creates a map of your bone marrow to assess any changes. This scan is usually completed after the structure of the bone has been altered by trauma or surgery.
A bone marrow scan uses a small amount of radioactive material, which is so small it has no side effects.
To begin, a small amount of radioactive tracer will be injected into a vein in your arm. After waiting about one hour, you will be positioned next to a gamma camera, where painless images will be taken. These images will take 20 minutes to one hour.
A nuclear medicine doctor may order additional images or more images after a period of waiting. If additional images are requested, please do not be alarmed. This is a routine part of the scan.
No tests that use barium for at least 48 hours prior to your bone marrow scan
You may eat and drink as usual
You may take your prescriptions as normal
Bring a list of your medications
Bring your doctor's written order for the exam to your appointment
Patients of childbearing age should review the pregnancy and breastfeeding guidelines.