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   Posted 5/8/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Well I went back to rheumy guy yesterday and he gave me some other arthritis drug and he ordered a bone scan.  Does anyone know if this is useful for diagnosing lupus or arthritis or what?  I think it takes a while to do so I guess that's where I will be spending my day tomorrow. Oh Joy! Any info you have would be appreciated.
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   Posted 5/8/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bitzi,
I have had a bone scan done recently too. Mine was because with certain meds, like prednisolone, they can thin the bones and cause osteoporosis. Maybe he's checking (and they should check regularly) that any meds your taking aren't affecting your bones. The scan itself actually takes very little time, so unless your waiting! you shouldn't be there too long. Hope this helps. x x
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   Posted 5/8/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
If its a galium scan, then the biggest time it takes is waiting. They have to take quite a bit of blood and then send it down to a special pharmacy so they can mark your wbc with radioactive dye. This will be reinjected into you right before your scan. I had an indium scan done which is very similar. Nothing to it really. Just a lot of waiting and a lot of drinking water. Bring some good books or magazines.
Some scans don't require to take blood but just to inject the tracer straight into your body instead.  I think it all depends on the test.

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   Posted 5/8/2007 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a nuclear bone scan a few weeks ago. Mine was simply for diagnostic purproses. I had to be at the radiology center 2 hours before to get my injection then I was allowed to leave and return. The scan itself only takes about an hour or so. It isnt painful at all!

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   Posted 5/8/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Bone density scans will determine if you have osteoporosis.  Anyone on prednisone for long periods of time should have one.  I had one last Oct and was OK.  Hope to be off of prednisone by years end and not have that worry.
I believe that women are more at risk but even men can have a problem...particularly at my age.
If that is what you are getting it does not take long and is entirely painless.
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   Posted 5/8/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one of these done a few months ago. They inject a nuclear medicine injection. You have to drink large amounts of water to allow they med to fully go through your body. It takes about 3 hours. I go get the injection and go back to the hospital 3 hours later. The scan goes over your body at like an 2 inches every minute, literally. It took a little less than an hour and you have to lie very still. No pain, no side effects from the dye, but takes a while to do. They did mine to look for joint immflammation because my ANA and RA factor is negative, but my immflammation tests are so high.
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   Posted 5/8/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
In canada, the bone scan is done with no injections, that is a completely different type of test.  A regular bone scan is like what Bill and Lion and I had.  Other than the waiting time, the scan takes about 5 minutes
Good Luck Bitzi,
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   Posted 5/8/2007 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same bone scan as bill, lion and diane with no injections. I agree that it only takes a few minutes. Good luck with this and let us know how it goes. Take care.
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