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Preparation

Since the levels of radiation used in a bone scan could cause problems for an unborn child, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if there is a possibility that you might be pregnant.

Before your bone scan, you will need to drink several glasses of water to help flush the isotope through your body. You also will need to empty your bladder before scanning starts. This helps produce clearer pictures.

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