A bone scan is a test that can find bone damage and cancer that has spread to the bones. If it is found here, then the cancer has metastasized.
During a bone scan, a radioactive substance called a tracer is injected into a vein in your arm. The tracer travels through your bloodstream and into your bones. Then a special camera takes pictures of the tracer in your bones.
In my procedure I initially had a set of X-rays taken, then the radioactive tracer was injected into my arm. I had a 2 hour wait time before I had the bone scan. During this time, I had to drink lots of water.
For the bone scan, you don't have to remove your clothing. It wasn't as bad as the MRI, but you're strapped down with your arms at your sides. It took about an hour. A bit daunting at first, but I held it together. Beforehand, I watched this bone scan video of a prostate cancer patient to understand and familiarize myself with the procedure.
I didn't get the results until Monday.
The bone scan was clear.