St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Strontium-89 Therapy

Strontium-89 Therapy is a palliative treatment for painful bone metastases.

What will happen when you have your Strontium-89 Therapy

When you arrive in the Nuclear Medicine department a small cannula will be placed into a vein in your arm and you will be given an infusion of a radioactive tracer through the cannula. The infusion takes approximately 15 minutes and you will be in the Nuclear Medicine department for approximately 30 minutes. You can eat and drink as normal before and after the infusion.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a “tunnel”

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will need an appointment for this test
  • You can eat and drink as normal before the test
  • You can take your medications as normal
  • You will be in the department for 45 - 60 minutes
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
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