Answer to Question #10030 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Nuclear Medicine Patient Issues — Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:

My husband had a bone scan with an injection. If he needs to have a repeat scan, how long must he wait before he has it?
There is usually no "set" waiting period between scans. Depending on what the physicians are looking for, they would usually wait for a patient to have new symptoms or other medical issues to order a repeat exam. The radioactive injection for a bone scan has a short half-life and is eliminated from the body fairly rapidly after the injection.

Marcia Hartman, MS
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