What is a Bone Scan?

A bone scan detects areas of abnormal bone growth due to fractures, tumors, infection, or other diseases of the bone. Bone scans can also be done after a bone tumor is detected to follow the response to treatment.

When is the Bone Scan Performed?

Bone scans are ordered when there is suspicion that a breast cancer has metastasized (spread), such as in the case of a lymph node that is known to be positive for cancer.

What can I Expect?

  • No preparation is necessary.
  • A radioactive tracer is injected into your vein and circulates for at least two hours to permit absorption by the bone.
  • You will be asked to drink fluids during these two hours.
  • After the two hours you will be asked to empty your bladder and remove all external metal objects such as jewelry, piercings, etc.
  • You will lay flat on the imaging table.
  • You can breathe normally but you must lie still while the camera takes pictures. The scan will last approximately 30 minutes unless additional images are needed.

You can expect to spend about three to four hours in the Nuclear Medicine department from start to finish for this procedure.

Contact Us

Dubin Breast Center
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Klingenstein Pavilion
1176 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

For Appointments and Information
Tel: 855-TO-DUBIN (863-8246) or

Breast Imaging
Tel: 212-241-3300 option 1

Breast Surgery
Tel: 212-241-3300 option 2

Breast Reconstruction (plastic surgery)
Tel: 212-241-4410

Medical Oncology
Tel: 212-241-3300 option 3

Radiation Oncology
Tel: 212-241-7501

Breast Pathology
Tel: 212-241-7397

Breast Health Resource Program (psychosocial support)
Tel: 212-987-3063