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Dr. Thomas Heston
28 years experience Family Medicine
Cancer or pain: Usually in adults it is used to detect metastatic cancer. It also is frequently used to evaluate for possible stress fractures and other bone problems ... Read More

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Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
16 years experience Pediatric Rheumatology
Bone density : A DEXA bone scan is one type of bone scan often used to check bone density. Inflammation in joints can cause some decreased bone density--so it can in ... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Please clarify ques: I'm not understanding exactly what your question is, however, a bone scan is a test of choice when looking for deep-seated infections in the bone call ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
42 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes and no: Yes it requires radiation. The bone mineral density test (which is not a "bone scan" which is something entirely different) requires x-radiation. But ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Heston
28 years experience Family Medicine
Cancer or pain: Usually in adults it is used to detect metastatic cancer. It also is frequently used to evaluate for possible stress fractures.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Donato
24 years experience Urology
Radioactive "dye": A bone scan is usually used to assess the whole skeleton for cancer spread, to look at specific bone sites for fracture or for bone infections. The p ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Hot spot, cold spots: The radiologist looks for evidence of abnormal bone metabolism on the scans. These show up as darker "hot spots" and lighter "cold spots" where the tr ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
Depends: Varies by hospital, are you insured? If not then hospital will try to charge you their rack rate. This rate is often heavily discounted after negotiat ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
The bones,: In a fashion similar to that of a skeleton. No areas of "hot spots" or "cold spots".

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