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Bone scan - does this test involve any exposure to radiation as in x ray?

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

To have a bone scan, a radioactive tracer is injected into the blood system. So yes, there is exposure to radiation.

In brief: Yes

To have a bone scan, a radioactive tracer is injected into the blood system. So yes, there is exposure to radiation.
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Both radiation

Bone scan involves internal irradiation via IV injection for detection of bone metabolism and areas of abnormal skeletal uptake.
Xray (ct or radiograph) is external irradiation for visualization of anatiomy and pathology. Both contribute to radiation dose. Both are ionizing radiation. Ultrasound and MRI do not involve irradiation.

In brief: Both radiation

Bone scan involves internal irradiation via IV injection for detection of bone metabolism and areas of abnormal skeletal uptake.
Xray (ct or radiograph) is external irradiation for visualization of anatiomy and pathology. Both contribute to radiation dose. Both are ionizing radiation. Ultrasound and MRI do not involve irradiation.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Agree with above. To clarify these are small amounts of radiation overall and there should b no concern from patient point of view if needed
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