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Dr. just ordered a bone scan to find out the density I guess never had one before can you please tell me how this test is done or all about it and why?

Dr. just ordered a bone scan to find out the density I guess never had one before can you please tell me how this test is done or all about it and why?

Bone Density: I'm assuming you mean a DEXA scan for bone density? It is a quick, simple, painless test. It is essentially equivalent to getting an X-ray. You lay on the scan table, the tech takes the scan, and you are done. No preparation necessary. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me the difference between a bone density test and a bone scan?

Can you tell me the difference between a bone density test and a bone scan?

Yes: Bone density tests measure the amount of calcium in the bone to determine a person's risk for fractures. Bone scans use a radioactive tracer to identify areas of abnormally high cellular activity in the bone. Some conditions that may show up on a bone scan include recent fractures, infections of the bone, or some forms of cancer in the bone. ...Read more

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Why is it very painful to kneel after tkr, 20 months ago. Have had every test available, no answers. Bone scan positive, 3 os have no answers. ?

Why is it very painful to kneel after tkr, 20 months ago. Have had every test available, no answers. Bone scan positive, 3 os have no answers. ?

3 phase bone scan: I'm assuming that you had a nuclear medicine 3 phase bone scan. Usually this test is done after tkr to evaluate for infection or loosening. If 3 phase bone scan is abnormal, indium scan and possibly sulfur colloid scan may need to be done to increase the specificity of the test. ...Read more

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I have RA. Diagnosis from bone scan. Blood test normal so far. My RF was 9 five months ago & now is 12. Will this number continue to rise with time?

I have RA. Diagnosis from bone scan. Blood test normal so far. My RF was 9 five months ago & now is 12. Will this number continue to rise with time?

Possibly, Do check:: with your Rheumatologist as he can help you monitor it and may even start you on meds to control it, depending on your clinical findings and symptoms. We would like to treat YOU rather than a lab result. ...Read more

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Tkr, feb.2012. Pain, bone scan , sept 2013, possible infection, loosening, trauma. Nuclear med. Test oct 2013, no infection. No loosening. What now?

Tkr, feb.2012. Pain, bone scan , sept 2013, possible infection, loosening, trauma. Nuclear med. Test oct 2013, no infection. No loosening. What now?

TKR: Infection of an indwelling prosthesis will often require removal of the prosthetic knee, placement of a spacer, long term antibiotic therapy, followed by replacement of the prosthesis after assessment of efficacy of treatment, and then continued long term antibiotics. See an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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Loved one's bone scan points to possible metastatic cancer, but all blood tests and mammogram are negative for cancer. Any ideas on what it could mean?

Loved one's bone scan points to possible metastatic cancer, but all blood tests and mammogram are negative for cancer. Any ideas on what it could mean?

Positive bone scan: A bone scan is performed following the injection of isotope, usually technetium 99m mdp. This radiotracer is accumulated in the skeleton. There can be areas of increased, decreased and normal uptake of the radiopharmaceutical. Bone scan is very sensitive for detecting lesions but not specific. Fractures, infection, arthritis, and tumors can be detected. Correlation with other imaging is necessary. ...Read more

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Father has prostate cancer. Spreded on outer prostate.did test to see if in bladder and it wasn't. Bone scan next if not found in bladder can it ther?

Here are some ...: How to treat prostate cancer is advised and decided on the basis of multiple factors - age, pace of PSA rising, tissue Gleason score, general health, concomitant illnesses, metastatic workup, etc. But in reality, the decision is still based on INDIRECT evidence to define if cancer is still clinically localized or spread.. Of note, microscopic spread is not detectable with any scans - bone scan, CT ...Read more

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I have been having ribs pain for last 6 months.I had all tests like chest mri, bone scan, xray, blood work and every thing came out normal.Is dis costo?

Anterior rib pain: Pain or tenderness to palpation usually anteriorly, affect multiple ribs usually 5th to 7th, worsened with coughing, deep breathing, or physical activity .Costochondritis may be treated with physical therapy or with nonsteroidal medication .The symptoms are usually self limited. Severe form with pain and swelling named tietze syndrome. Many other causes of chest pain can occur. ...Read more

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