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do old fractures show up on bone scans

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not to worry: 'Old' fractures depending on their 'age' frequently will not 'light up' or show any increased uptake on bone scans especially in younger patients. No ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Old fractures: may not show up as an abnormality on a bone scan. So if your bone scan is negative, no worries.

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Curt Stankovic
20 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Yes: Yes.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
If acute fracture,: If u have sustained an acute fracture( which bone ?) it show show up on a 3- phase bone scan almost immediately. If , by small u mean size of the frac ... Read More
Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
24 -48 hrs: Usually most fractures are evident at 24 to 48 hours following acute fracture. Fractures in small bones of hands and feet as well as ribs can be detec ... Read More
A 13-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Yes, he can absolutely walk again. The question is at this point whether or not he has developed avascular necrosis, and based upon that what should ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
25 years experience Sports Medicine
It depends: Bone scan is very sensitive for acute and subacute fractures. However, after a fracture is completely healed, often time years after the injury, bone ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Ghani
24 years experience Radiology
Bone scan: A recent fracture is identified on all bone scans. The activity on the bone scan may last up to 6 months - 1 year.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
The bone scan: is absolutely THE MOST SENSITIVE test for Fracture diagnosis and HEALING and stays "bright" for a long time beyond standard xrays and even CT scanning ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
Fracture healed ?: By now a fracture has healed. You need evaluation, and consideration of an injection in the tender area. This woudl be a simple injection dependi ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Osiason
31 years experience Radiology
Only one: Only one inflection is needed. That is the injection of tc-mdp, the tracer taken up by he bones and detected by the nuclear medicine camera. This trac ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fidias De Leon
21 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Radiotracer: A nuclear medicine bone scan is used to evaluate for conditions affecting bones including cancer, fractures, degenerative diseases etc. The radiotrace ... Read More
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