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How does a bone scan work?

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Dr. Robert Donato
24 years experience in Urology
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.
Answered on Jul 16, 2018

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