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What's the difference between an X-ray and a bone scan?

What's the difference between an X-ray and a bone scan?

Both radiation: Nuclear medicine radiation is given internally via IV injection, ingestion, or inhalation for determination of function of organs of body. Isotopes have different half lives and decay at different rates.Ct/xray is external radiation for visualization of anatiomy and pathology. Both contribute to radiation dose. Both are ionizing radiation. Ultrasound and MRI do not involve irradiation. ...Read more

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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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Does bone scan process involve any exposure to radiation as in x ray?

Does bone scan process involve any exposure to radiation as in x ray?

Yes: Both x-ray an isotope for bone scan produce ionizing irradiation. Exposure from isotope of bone scan in adult is about 6 msv. This is similar to some ct scans.The only imaging methods not involving irradiation are ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging mri. Information from each test is not the same. ...Read more

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What can a nuclear bone scan show (about my hip bones) that cannot be seen by x-ray?

What can a nuclear bone scan show (about my hip bones) that cannot be seen by x-ray?

Bone scan: A nuclear bone scan may show hairline fractures, bone loss, infection or small tumors not visible on xray. It may also confirm the presence of arthritis that may be suspected on xray. ...Read more

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Are there bone tumors that do not show up on X-ray or CT but do show up on bone scan? Can't have MRI (icd)

Are there bone tumors that do not show up on X-ray or CT but do show up on bone scan? Can't have MRI (icd)

Most seen on X-ray: Most primary bone tumors are evident on plain radiographs and ct exam. Mr is usually used to be exact about extent of involvement in soft tissues or marrow. Mr helps surgeon in planning extent of tumor for surgery. Bone scan and pet?Ct are used usually not to make diagnosis of primary bone tumor but extent of spread to other areas of body. Pet/ct is most sensitive and accurate detecting metastases. ...Read more

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I had an X-ray of my chest under my left breast and radiologist said There was a dense area and would like a nuclear bone scan. What does this mean?

I had an X-ray of my chest under my left breast  and radiologist said There was a dense area and would like a nuclear bone scan.  What does this mean?

Ask: It is important that you understand why you are having a test done. Nuclear scans are most often done to look at bones for infection or other illnesses. But do ask your doctor what he/she is looking for. All the best. ...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?

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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My Mom has pain under left breast by her ribs. She had an X-ray, dr said there was a dense area, wants to do a nuclear bone scan. Costochondritis ?

My Mom has pain under left breast by her ribs.  She had an X-ray, dr said there was a dense area, wants to do a nuclear bone scan. Costochondritis ?

No: Costochondritis does not show up on x-ray. The density is concerning for cancer, and that is what the follow up studies are looking for. Good luck I hope it turns out to be something benign. ...Read more

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Ca br, infiltr ductal 2b, er-pr+, her2-ve, since 4yr, tamo1yr&exemes3yr, on bone scan hot spots rt femur, left parietal, sacral, L5 but all xray normal-advice?

Ca br, infiltr ductal 2b, er-pr+, her2-ve, since 4yr, tamo1yr&exemes3yr, on bone scan hot spots rt femur, left parietal, sacral, L5 but all xray normal-advice?

Further work up: You need to discuss the results of your bone scan with your doctor and find out what is causing the hot spots. The normal x-rays don't help at all. You may need further imaging or even a biopsy. ...Read more

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Fall 2m ago. Xray, spect CT and bone scan normal. Mid foot swells and painful with wt bear. Physio stumped. Unsure what else it could be?

May need foot MRI: If you're having soft tissue swelling, that's not visualized on x-ray very well. An MRI is more definitive, and there may be more soft tissue injury present than meets the eye. Often, trauma can cause this rather easily ; best to go back to your foot specialist, or orthopedist. Glad your bones are in good shape! now, let's focus on your foot. Painful weight baring is not a good sign of recovery. ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Filly
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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more


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