A member asked:

Without infection symptoms what else can cause a bone scan to light up? with nothing on ct or xray(no mri icd) just excruciating pain in the hip.

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Gerald Mandell answered

Specializes in Nuclear Medicine

The bone scan is very sensitive to bone metabolism. The bone can react to repair various stimuli. Infectious synovitis or bone infection is one cause. Arthritis, avascular necrosis ( decreased blood supply), traumatic change, chondrolysis (decreased cartilage), and certain tumors are other causes of positive bone scan and hip pain. Insufficiency fractures due to demineralization can also occur.

Answered Nov 2, 2015



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Dr. Peter Nefcy answered

Specializes in Radiology

Many other disease processes can cause increased activity in the bone with a nuclear study. Fracture or bone stress, significant degenerative changes, avascular necrosis, soft tissue inflammation, and more. Talk about this finding with your Nuclear Physician and Primary Care Doctor.

Answered Sep 8, 2014



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