Skeletal Survey


What is it?

A skeletal survey is a series of X-rays which image the whole of the skeleton. This includes images of the spine, skull, ribs, pelvis in addition to arms and legs. The X-rays are taken in the standard way, the only difference with a skeletal survey is that several X-rays are taken and they cover the whole of the skeleton when put together.


Why is it performed?

It is most commonly performed in myeloma to look at the bones of the body and determine if the bones are affected by myeloma or not.


How is it performed?

It involves a series of X-rays being taken separately rather then scanning the whole body.


When will I get the results?

The X-rays are looked at by a specialist X-ray doctor who writes a report, the report is then sent to your doctor. In total this takes a week.



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Written by: Dr T Rider

Editor: Dr J Newman

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