What is a bone scan?

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A bone scan is a technique to create images of bones on a computer screen or on film. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into a blood vessel and travels through the bloodstream; it collects in the bones and is detected by a scanner.

This answer is based on source material from the National Cancer Institute.  

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