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What do bone scan results tell you?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Hot spot, cold spots: The radiologist looks for evidence of abnormal bone metabolism on the scans. These show up as darker "hot spots" and lighter "cold spots" where the tracers have or haven't accumulated. Although a bone scan is very sensitive to abnormalities in bone metabolism, it's less helpful in determining the exact cause of the abnormality.
Answered on Aug 21, 2019
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Dr. Brian Sabb
Dr. Brian Sabb commented
24 years experience in Sports Medicine
Great answer! Some of the abnormalities that we look for include fractures, bone infection/osteomyelitis, and metastatic bone cancer.
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