bone scan

Pronunciation: (bone skan)

A procedure to check for abnormal areas or damage in the bones. A very small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein and travels through the blood. The radioactive material collects in the bones and is detected by a scanner (a special camera that takes pictures of the inside of the body). A bone scan may be used to diagnose bone tumors or cancer that has spread to the bone. It may also be used to help diagnose fractures, bone infections, or other bone problems. Also called bone scintigraphy.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Bone scan. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into the patient's bloodstream and collects in abnormal cells in the bones. As the patient lies on a table that slides under the scanner, the radioactive material is detected and images are made on a computer screen or film.Exploración ósea. Se inyecta una cantidad pequeña de material radiactivo en el torrente sanguíneo del paciente. El material radiactivo se acumula en las células anormales de los huesos. Mientras el paciente está acostado sobre una camilla que se desliza debajo del escáner, se detecta el material radiactivo y se crean imágenes en la pantalla de una computadora o en una película. Date last modified: 2015-06-01