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A 40-year-old member asked:

What's a bone scan for?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Cancer or pain: Usually in adults it is used to detect metastatic cancer. It also is frequently used to evaluate for possible stress fractures.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Bone metabolism: Bone scan involves intravenous injection of radio tracer usually technetium 99m mdp which accumulates in skeleton. Scan may involve early phase(5-10 min) and late phase(2-3 hr) imaging. Increased uptake is seen in fractures, tumors, infection, etc. Decreased activity is seen in metal artifacts, aggressive tumor/infection, & loss of blood supply to bones. Bone scan very sensitive but not specific.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
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.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Bone metabolism: Bone scan involves intravenous injection of radio tracer usually technetium 99m mdp which accumulates in skeleton. Scan may involve early phase(5-10 min) and late phase(2-3 hr) imaging. Increased uptake is seen in fractures, tumors, infection, etc. Decreased activity is seen in metal artifacts, aggressive tumor/infection, & loss of blood supply to bones. Bone scan very sensitive but not specific.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does abone scanwork?

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Dr. Robert Donato
Urology 25 years experience
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 patient receives an injection of a radiolabeled substance that is mostly incorporated in to areas of high bone turnover. A camera to detect the radioactive decay then acts to count the amount of activity. Areas of high decay are more fully evaluated.
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A 71-year-old member asked:

Does a bone scan use radiation?

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Dr. Robert Carroll
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Not much.: A fraction of a ct scan dose.
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What is a bone scan used for?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
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.

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