Nuclear Medicine Bone Image / Spect Scan

If there is a possibility of pregnancy or breastfeeding, please inform the technologist prior to the date of your examination.

What to expect

Nuclear Medicine images are achieved by visualizing the skeletal structures of the body through the use of radioactive materials. On the day of your appointment, you will need to make two trips to the clinic for this study. The initial visit will involve receiving an intravenous injection of the radioactive material. The second will occur three hours later at which time the images will be taken.

On the day of your exam

There are no dietary restrictions or special preparation for this procedure.

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for parking and registration. If you bring friends or family to the appointment they will be asked to have a seat in a waiting room during your test. Children cannot be left unattended during the test, so please arrange for a caregiver.

The procedure

Initial visit: A small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein in your arm. This initial procedure will take approximately 15 minutes. You are then free to leave the clinic until you return for your images three hours later. Please drink plenty of fluids before returning for your second visit.

Second visit: You will be assisted onto a table and instructed to lie still as the images are taken. After viewing the images, the Radiologist may request additional images or X-Rays of specific areas of your body. You should plan on spending about one hour in the Medical Imaging Department at this time.


Our radiologist will study your examination and a report will be forwarded to your practitioner, from whom you may obtain the results. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact our department at at 608-342-4745.

Your Appointment

The radiology department will call you the day before the test to notify you with the time of your appointment. If you cannot be reached before 10 pm the test will be cancelled.

Date of appointment _______________________________________ 

Your procedure will be performed at Southwest Health at 1400 Eastside Road – Platteville, WI 53818. Please use the Main Hospital Entrance and check in at the Registration Desk prior to your scheduled procedure.

If you cannot keep your appointment please contact the radiology department at 608-342-4745 so that me may accommodate another patient.

NOTE: It may take 2-3 days to obtain verification from your insurance company for exams that require prior authorization, such as CT, MRI, Nuclear Stress, Injections, etc.