Fairfax Radiological Consultants

To Schedule an Appointment Call:
703.698.4488

Bone Scans

What is a Bone Scan?

A Bone Scan is a type of Nuclear Medicine test that helps diagnose different bone diseases or conditions. Your physician may order a bone scan for bone pain, bone infection, injury or to evaluate for cancer.

 

Common Questions

  • Why would my doctor recommend a bone scan?

    A bone scan may be ordered if you have unexplained skeletal pain, a bone injury that can't be seen on a standard X-ray, or if your physician suspects you may have a bone infection.  Bone scans are used to evaluate arthritic changes in the joints. This nuclear imaging test can also help identify if cancer has spread (metastasized) to the bone from the tumor's original location. 

  • What can I expect during a bone scan?

    If you are scheduled to receive a whole body scan, a limited body scan, a three-phase bone scan, a bone scan with SPECT or SPECT-CT, the preparation is the same for these outpatient appointments at Fairfax Radiology.  You will come to the office at your scheduled time and be injected with a radioactive imaging material.  You may leave, then return for imaging in approximately three hours after the injection.  You will be asked to hydrate well after the injection.  Patients who have a three-phase bone scan will be imaged briefly immediately after the injection, then leave and return for more imaging. 

    During imaging, you will be asked to lie still while the images are taken.

  • How do I schedule a bone scan with Fairfax Radiology?

    Please have your written physician order and insurance information in hand when scheduling your appointment. 

    Online: Click Here to request an appointment.
    Scheduling Department Phone: 703.698.4488
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • When are appointments offered for a bone scan?

    For your convenience, appointments are available at multiple locations.  Learn more about each location below.

Available at the following locations

Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

8926 Woodyard Road
Suites 301, 401 & 502
Clinton, MD 20735
United States

Tel
301.856.3670
Fax
301.868.0129
Fairfax Radiology Center at Patuxent / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Patuxent / Radiology Imaging Associates

230 W. Dares Beach Road
Suites 100 & 106
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
United States

Tel
301.855.9754
Fax
301.855.1367
Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

 

Tel
301.870.8434
Fax
301.870.5327
Fairfax Radiology Center at Prosperity

Fairfax Radiology Center at Prosperity

8503 Arlington Boulevard 
Suite LL-100 (US, X-Ray, Nuc Med) 
Suite LL-110 (CT) 
Fairfax, Virginia, 22031

Tel
703.698.9600
Fax
703.698.5609
Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

4 Pidgeon Hill Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
United States

Tel
703.450.5800
Fax
703.450.0495