Good thing I took all that great advice not to do iternet research to heart, until the day of the procedure....phew!
here is the down low for my bone scan today at 10 am - from the University of North Carolina Medical Centre -
What is a bone scan?
A bone scan is a specialized radiology procedure used to examine the various bones of the skeleton to identify areas of physical and chemical changes in bone. A bone scan may also be used to follow the progress of treatment of certain conditions.
A bone scan is a type of nuclear radiology procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the bones. The radioactive substance, called a radionuclide, or tracer, will collect within the bone tissue at spots of abnormal physical and chemical change.
The radionuclide emits a type of radiation, called gamma radiation. The gamma radiation is detected by a scanner, which processes the information into a picture of the bones.
The areas where the radionuclide collects are called "hot spots," and may indicate the presence of conditions such as malignant (cancerous) bone tumors, metastatic bone cancer (cancer which has spread from another site, such as the lungs), bone infections, bone trauma not seen on ordinary x-rays, and other conditions of the bone.
SO......this is a test i want a NEGATIVO on. But on the upside, I am going to emit GAMMA rays, like right out of a Simpson episode. coooool.