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Bone Scan For Arthritis
My WBC is 3. I have bilater bone pain in almost all my joints. Does that warrant a bone scan. Could arthritis affect all the joints at once?
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Several reasons: Not everything that causes symptoms similar to arthritis is actually arthritis. Most helpful bone scan is two phases, early soft tissue and delayed bone. Soft tissue of joints can show which joints are hyperemic or active. Delayed images may be normal. Multifocal osteomyelitis(crmo), metastatic disease, osteorotic bone with fractures, etc. Are causes. Bone scan can rule out mimicers of arthritis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Increased uptake on bone scan on left humerus, I suffer from psoriatic arthritis as well as ankylosing spondilitis. what does this mean?
4 steroid injections;arthritis in facet joints by pain dr no relief until today , 2 weeks later. Went to my ortho ysterdy he wants bone scan terrified?
Cause of pain: Bone scan involves intravenous injection of radio tracer usually technetium 99m mdp which accumulates in skeleton. Bone scan very sensitive but not specific. Bone scan can show increased bone metabolism and source of pain. Increased uptake is seen in fractures, tumors, infection, etc. If scan localizes pain area, then correlative imaging with MRI or ct scan will help your doctor in treating pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: T scores are for patients over 18 yr and z scores for children under 18 yr. The controls for children are bases on ages, color, and sex. The t scores are compared to other adults. Dexa centers who perform studies on children have software to generate both values. T scores cannot be used accurately for children and z scores not in adults. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more