What is Bone Scan?
The Bone Scan test is an imaging test that uses a radiotracer dye and sensitive cameras to create an image of the entire skeleton or bones of an area of interest to detect problems or conditions that do not appear on a standard X-ray. Abnormalities appear where the tracer dye accumulates in higher or lower concentrations than the rest of the skeleton and are called ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ spots respectively. The appearance and location of these spots are used to make a diagnosis of a condition or order further tests.
Why is Bone Scan done?
- • To identify different bone disorders that may not be visible under normal X-ray, includes minute fractures causing bone pain • To diagnose bone cancer or cancer cells of the other organs that have metastasized to the bones • To identify infections of the joints or bones • To diagnose any abnormality in the blood supply to the bones • To diagnose suspected arthritis (inflammation of joints)
Preparation for Bone Scan
- Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
- Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the X-ray.
Mahajan Imaging Centre (RN)
Rajinder Nagar, NEW DELHI
Mahajan Imaging has a history of bringing new technologies into the private sector in the country for example standing weight bearing MRI, Cone Beam Dental CT, functional MRI, MR tractography, MR mammography, CT coronary angiography, 4D ultrasound with tomography, PET-CT, CT-guided robotic biopsy, digital mammography and DEXA bone densitometry. Continuing the said trend, they have recently installed Asia’s 1st Silent MRI technology and India’s first Dual Energy Spectral CT Scanner with the most advances cardiac imaging capabilities in the world. There are currently seven centres in New Delhi, with the standalone centres in Hauz Khas and Defence Colony. The other centres located in prestigious hospitals including Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, PSRI Hospital, Fortis Hospital, BLK Super Speciality Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital.