Posted 5/8/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -7)
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!
Posted 5/8/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -7)
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 1:07 PM (GMT -7)
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 1:25 PM (GMT -7)
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
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Posted 5/8/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)
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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