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A 39-year-old member asked:

Could a deformed spine (scoliosis) mess up a bone scan which is looking for possible cancer?

4 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 21 years experience
Maybe: Bone scans simply detect increased bone metabolism; they are not specific for cancer. If scoliosis is progressing and there is more activity in the vertebrae, it could be a false positive. If the activity is away from the spine, cancer is more likely.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
No: If concerned get a spect scan 3d picture better bone scan.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Maybe: Scoliosis is common and usually will not affect the interpretation of the bone scan. A pet/ct bone scan can help eliminate benign bony abnormalities from bone cancer due to hybrid imaging of anatomy and metabolism.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Shouldn't : Bone scans pick up increased metabolic activity, and are not affected by structural abnormalities such as scoliosis.
Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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