A UKS Medical bone scan is a nuclear imaging test that is performed to rule out any problems that may be affecting your bones. This test involves the injection of a radioactive tracer/marker that is passed to the vein via an intravenous line (IV). Three or four hours later, you will then be taken for a scan. During the scan, a radiologist will be able to determine the problem with your bones based on the areas where the radioactive marker has been absorbed at the highest rate.
The three or four hours before the scan are meant to allow the radioactive tracer to travel to your blood stream before being absorbed into the bones. Cold spots are the areas where the bones only absorb very little of the radioactive marker. They are also known as dark spots. On the other hand, the areas where the bones show high absorption rate for the radioactive marker are known as hot spots and are usually the areas of concern.
Because it is a sensitive test, a bone scan is able to pick up the type of problem that is affecting your bones. This may include fractures, cancers, and inflammations among others. Depending on how they are appear, the experts will be able to tell the exact problem that is affecting your bones.
Bone scans are applied in various ways in terms of diagnoses. One of the ways in which they are applied is in determination of whether the inflammation is caused by arthritis, or certain cancers. You will be able to learn whether you have bone cancer or if your cancer is spreading and has an alternative source. Through this test, you will also be able to learn whether your source of pain is coming from. Back pain especially on the lower side is one o f the problems that can be investigated using this method. A bone scan can also help doctors learn of bone abnormalities as well as fractures old or new that need to be dealt with. Infections can also be spotted this way. Read the rest of this entry »