Bone Scintigraphy

Bone scintigraphy is a highly sensitive method for demonstrating bone pathology, particularly covert fractures and bone metastases.

A gamma camera images the patient a few hours following injection of technetium-99m labelled substituted diphosphonates. Following intravenous injection, over 50% of the injected dose is taken up by the skeleton by three hours.

It can be performed as a whole body scan or a limited spot view.