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What are the processes involved during a bone scan?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 54 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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Radionucline bone scan process and use?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Bone scan: Used to determine the presence of lesions in bone which may be due to a variety of causes. This helps to locate such lesions and to assess the extent of disease.
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