Bone Scan this Thursday, what should I expect?

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   Posted 6/6/2005 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm scheduled for a bone scan this Thursday at 10:30 and DH is taking the day off to be with me.  What should I expect?  I know nothing of this test, nothing.
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   Posted 6/6/2005 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Piece of cake! They will give you a ver tiny injection of a radioactive tracer, then they will tell you to drink a ton of water and come back in a couple hours. The scan is easy, you lie still while they move a machine over you. It takes pictures and of course the films will get read by the radiologist. You may not get results for a couple days....we'll wait with you...

Hang in there!

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   Posted 6/6/2005 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Mia:  As Lori said, this test is a "piece of cake"! You shouldn't feel sick afterwards. I never have. In fact, I always go by myself for most of these tests. (excluding a bone marrow biopsy). Since your dh is taking the day off to be with you, plan something fun afterwards - shopping, dinner, movie, more shopping! yeah

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   Posted 6/6/2005 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Mia, one of the easier tests you will have. "piece of cake" is right. The only problem I had was my hands got cold! LOL And just to put your mind at ease, you lay on a table out in the open, not enclosed and the machine passes over you, no confinement, just have to lay still. Good luck and do something fun afterwards with your DH.

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   Posted 6/6/2005 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mia,
I had a whole body bone scan a couple of months ago to check out a pain in my back that had been around for a year or so...just to make sure....everything was fine. I took myself and the girls are right, there wasn't much to it. The dye was injected just like taking blood, only the other way around. They offered for me to use a nice recliner in a quite room for the two hour wait, but I had set up the car with pillows, water, and the crossword puzzle, so I was nice and comfy. The test took about 1/2 hour total, and you just lie very still on a skinny bed, with supports to help you hold the position. The machine goes over you one way and then back, very slowly. Then, that's it! The only "pain" is the injection, which is very tolerable. Let us know your results and not to worry!
Take care, Jean inWA

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   Posted 6/6/2005 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
In fact....the first time I had one, I returned to work for a couple hours in between the procedures. There should be no side effects or anything, and even the needle stick is very tiny. I think what happens, is that the tracer adheres to bone cells, allowing them to be seen on the film, and they look for areas of excessive activity.

I had one last year, my second. I had some pain in my sternum, and the bone scan was able to detect additional "uptake" of the tracer in that area, but it was suggested that it was an "arthritic" process and not a cancer process. I guess they look different. A CT scan confirmed it was an arthritis....

Hoping Arthur shows up in your back!

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   Posted 6/6/2005 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   

The girls have done a great job describing the bone scan for you. I am sending you some {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}} to ease your nerves, ok?

When it is overwith you will say to yourself, "why in the heck did I worry about this".

Hope you and DH do something fun in between and after the scan. How sweet of him to take the day off to be with you.

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   Posted 6/7/2005 3:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Only thing you have to fear is falling asleep and falling off the table LOL. Actually I think they use a strap so you do not move. I need it more for a safety belt. Where I go they have nice music and a gentle breeze blowing. If they ever figure out how to make that table swing like a hammock I am sure to I will fall asleep and make pig noises. Snort Snort. Wishing you good results. L&H Joyce
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   Posted 6/7/2005 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
So how did it go Mia? I have not had a bone scan, only the one for osteoporosis which is different. Hope you get good news from the report. Hugs MK

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   Posted 6/7/2005 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   

You'll do great! I'll be thinking about you! Enjoy the extra day off with DH. That's great that he's going to be with you. Love is grand!!! Take care, sweetie!

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   Posted 6/7/2005 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Ditto to above. Except for the dang needle, nothing to it. I was able to see my skeleton while the test was going on, which I found awesome, even if a little frightening. I saw my right ankle really glow, and was able to say I broke it when I was 27, so I had something to compare to. I happened to know this tech and maybe that's why he'd let me look, but maybe everyone above saw theirs too. You will have to wait several hours after the shot so that you'll be sure to glow. I did kind of hate thinking there was radioactive material of some sort being injected into this old body, but so is the nature of the bc beast.

Good luck,
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