What is a Skeletal/Bone Survey Complete X-Ray?

Skeletal or Bone survey, also called Osseous survey, is a series of X-rays of all the bones in the body, or at least the axial skeleton and the large cortical bones. A very common use is the diagnosis of multiple myeloma, where tumor deposits appear as “punched-out” lesions. The standard set of X-rays for a skeletal survey includes X-rays of the skull, entire spine, pelvis, ribs, both humeri and femora (proximal long bones).

Who should get this test?

Your doctor may order a skeletal X-ray if you show any signs or symptoms of conditions that affect the bones, such as pain or swelling. These include:

  • arthritis
  • bone cancer
  • cancer that has spread to the bone
  • fractures
  • infections
  • osteoporosis
  • dental conditions

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. X-ray is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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