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Bone scan and cancerBBone scan and cancerBone scan and cancerEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodySkeletal systemTestsPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z5.2000000000000082.1000000000000467.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A bone scan is a set of pictures of your skeleton (bones). The scan is usually done to show changes in the bone. A bone scan can find areas in your bone where cells are more active than usual, such as in a tumour. These areas might not show up on a regular X-ray. </p>
La scintigraphie osseuse et le cancerLLa scintigraphie osseuse et le cancerBone scan and cancerFrenchOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodySkeletal systemTestsPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Scintigraphie osseuse</span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PMD_bone_scan_FR.jpg?RenditionID=10" alt="scintigraphie montrant des cellules actives dans le tibia" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Cet examen montre une zone de cellules actives, ce qui pourrait être un signe de tumeur.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Une scintigraphie osseuse est un ensemble de clichés de ton squelette (os). L'examen est habituellement effectué pour montrer des changements dans l'os. Une scintigraphie osseuse peut trouver des zones de tes os où les cellules sont plus actives que d'ordinaire, comme lorsqu'il y a une tumeur. Ces zones peuvent ne pas être apparentes avec une radiographie habituelle.</p>

 

 

 

 

Bone scan and cancer3448.00000000000Bone scan and cancerBone scan and cancerBEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodySkeletal systemTestsPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z5.2000000000000082.1000000000000467.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A bone scan is a set of pictures of your skeleton (bones). The scan is usually done to show changes in the bone. A bone scan can find areas in your bone where cells are more active than usual, such as in a tumour. These areas might not show up on a regular X-ray. </p><figure><span class="asset-image-title">Bone scan</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PMD_bone_scan_EN.jpg?RenditionID=10" alt="bone scan showing active cancer cells in the shinbone" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">This bone scan shows an area in the leg with active cells, which could be a sign of a tumour.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Why do I need a bone scan?</h2><p>In a bone scan, a radiologist will be able to see areas in your bone where there are lots of active cells, which could be a sign of a tumour. They will also be able to see whether cancer from another part of your body has spread (metastasized) to your bones.</p><h2>How is a bone scan done?</h2><p>An intravenous (IV) will first be put in your vein. Through the IV, you will receive a radioactive medicine that will travel to your bones. This medicine is safe. It will take two to three hours for your bones to absorb the medicine. Drinking lots of water will help your bones absorb the medicine more quickly.</p><p>After the medicine is absorbed, you will be asked to lie on a special X-ray table. This is where the bone scan will happen. You will need to lie very still. If you are worried about lying still during the scan, talk to your doctor or nurse. They can give you suggestions to help you through it or they may be able to give you some medicine that will help you relax. Bone scans may be done on part of your body or your whole body. They take between 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the area of the body being scanned.</p><p>A gamma camera will be placed very close to your body. This camera will record the gamma rays the radioactive medicine gives off. Gamma rays are like flashes of light, but our eyes cannot see them. The gamma camera makes an image or movie of your bones in action. Very simply, it will create a living picture of your skeleton. Areas in your bones where the cells are active will look dark in the pictures. Areas where the cells are not active will look lighter. </p><h2>Bone scan results</h2><p>Your doctor will let you know how long you will need to wait for the results of the bone scan.</p><p>The radiologist will look at the pictures from the bone scan and will talk to your doctor. Your doctor will then tell you and your family what the pictures showed. </p>