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A 43-year-old member asked:

what does strong uptake on a bone scan mean?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Increased activity: Strong uptake on bone scan means increased metabolic bone activity. This could indicate inflammation, fracture, infection, and/or bone tumor. These results usually are considered in the face of plain x-rays and exam to determine the diagnosis. Sometimes mri/ct scan are also needed.
Dr. Virginia Klaas
Nuclear Medicine 32 years experience
Lots of metabolism: Intense uptake generally means lots of bone metabolism. One needs to see the pattern to make an assessment. This can be generalized, or patchy..Or in young individuals can even be normal.

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