A 39-year-old member asked:
Could a deformed spine (scoliosis) mess up a bone scan which is looking for possible cancer?
4 doctor answers • 14 doctors weighed in
Urology 20 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.
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
No: If concerned get a spect scan 3d picture better bone scan.
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Family Medicine 29 years experience
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Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Shouldn't : Bone scans pick up increased metabolic activity, and are not affected by structural abnormalities such as scoliosis.
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