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can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis may not be demonstrated if they are insufficient to cause a bone response (healing or what is medically called an osteoblastic response).
Answered on Jan 29, 2017
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