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Risks

The isotopes used in a bone scan are safe and leave the body quickly. The level of radiation involved is lower than in some conventional X-rays. Although it is possible to get an overdose of the isotope, this is very rare.

Some pediatric experts believe that the radiation used in a bone scan is too high for children, so they recommend a bone scan only when one is absolutely necessary.

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