Bone scan (1237)

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 Your child’s bone scan is scheduled for (date) _______________  at 
(time) ____________ in the Imaging (Radiology) Department on the first floor of Children’s Wisconsin - Milwaukee Hospital. 

Please stop at a Welcome desk for a badge and directions to Imaging.

What is a bone scan?

A bone scan is a test used to look closely at bones and joints.   It can show infections, broken bones and tumors.  The scan will be done in nuclear medicine.Bone scan

Special instructions:    

How the scan is done 

Before the scan a soft, flexible tube called an IV is put into a vein. A small amount of tracer (contrast agent) is put in the IV and goes into the bloodstream.  The tracer moves to the bones that are being scanned.  There are no side effects to this tracer.  
A large camera takes pictures of your child’s bones. There may be two sets of pictures taken.  The first set may be taken when the IV is put in.  After a 1½ to 3 hour break, the next set of pictures will be taken. You may stay with your child the whole time, however no other children are allowed in the room.  Your child needs to lie very still for these pictures.  If needed, your child will be given medicine to help them relax or sleep through the scan.  There is a TV with a DVD in the room for your child to watch during the scan. If your child is going to be sedated, you may be asked to leave the room.

Important information


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.