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Question-results of a total body bone scan- the remainder of the axial and appendicular skeleton is without increase in activity. what is the meaning?

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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It's normal: Increace activity= hot spots, like inflammation.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
Bone Scan...: It means that the rest of the skeleton is normal. Axial skeleton usually refers to the skull, vertebrae (spine), and ribs. Appendicular basically refers to arms, legs, and pelvis.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Rest of bones normal: Wording of "remainder" in report strange unless it initially mentioned in report some abnormality. The entire skeleton consists of appendicular and axial skeleton.

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