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I was told by an orthopedic oncologist that my tumor was benign without a biopsy, is that possible? I had a bone scan, x-rays, and a CT scan.

I was told by an orthopedic oncologist that my tumor was benign without a biopsy, is that possible? I had a bone scan, x-rays, and a CT scan.

Very much so: Bone tumors are much more characterized by their appearance in imaging studies, and they have correlated with outcomes after exhaustive studies. So when the musculoskeletal oncologist calls it benign, it's petty benign. He should even give you an estimated risk of the tumor changing in any way. ...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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Tkr in feb 2012, pain since, had bone scan, x-ray, test for infection, CT scan. Diagnoses...Fibromyalgia. Is this possible? Very frustrated, depressed

Tkr in feb 2012, pain since, had bone scan, x-ray, test for infection, CT scan. Diagnoses...Fibromyalgia. Is this possible? Very frustrated, depressed

Metal Allergy?: Have you been tested for a metal allergy. This can cause continual pain after replacement. If this is the case see your ortho doc to see what options may be available. ...Read more

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Have a really bad back and I have add bone scans, x-rays and blood tests and all have come back inconclusive so no real diagnosis yet, ice or heat to treat it?

Have a really bad back and I have add bone scans, x-rays and blood tests and all have come back inconclusive so no real diagnosis yet, ice or heat to treat it?

Pain management: Since not everything shows up on x-rays and scans, i would see a pain management doctor who can carefully localize and treat the problem using minimally invasive methods. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a DEXA bone density scan and x-ray?

What is the difference between a DEXA bone density scan and x-ray?

Dose and accuracy: The dexa uses a very small dose of x-ray compared to a regular x-ray and it is designed to measure density not produce a high quality picture. A regular x-ray is designed to produce a high quality picture and is a poor measure of density. ...Read more

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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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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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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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I am experiencing severe pain in knee and thigh. I have had X-rays a MRI and a bone scan. All points to an Enchrondoma size of lesion is 5.9cm by 3.2cm. Bone scan results say mild uptake in metabolically active lesion?

I am experiencing  severe pain in knee and thigh. I have had X-rays a MRI and a bone scan. All points to an Enchrondoma  size of lesion is 5.9cm by 3.2cm. Bone scan results say mild uptake in metabolically active lesion?

See specialist: Your best option is to see an ORS who is a tumor/ reconstructive surgeon. There are several centers in Canada and many in the U.S.You want a surgeon who has done this surgery before( if needed). They can also determine if this benign bone tumor is the cause of your pain and your options. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have had four x-rays for my chest, one CT of my abdomenand one bone scan. I am worried whether I have an increased chance of developing cancer from this radiation.

I have had four x-rays for my chest, one CT of my abdomenand one bone scan. I am worried whether I have an increased chance of developing cancer from this radiation.

Don't worry : The amt from the x-rays is almost nothing. Similar to air travel which i assume you don't worry about getting cancer. One ct scan of the abdomen and a bone scan are equivalent to about 7 years of normal life in the us. So same amt of radiation from sun and cosmic rays in that time. Radiation from imaging at those levels has never been shown to cause cancer. ...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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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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Every how many months shall I have my chest xray , breast ultrasound , liver ultrasound and bone scan?

Depends: If you are healthy, never. If you are sick, depends upon the disease and whether or not the scans change management. ...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?

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

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Still having back/chest pain/cough. Chest xray blood work EKG bone scan blood pressure all normal what should I do next and really worriedit bserious?

Still having back/chest pain/cough. Chest xray blood work EKG bone scan blood pressure all normal what should I do next and really worriedit  bserious?

? walking pneumonia: Normal chest x-ray usually eliminates serious possibilities such as tumor, large consolidation, and cardiac enlargement. If chronic cough are several possibilities. Physical exam would hear wheezing related to asthma. A common problem is walking pneumonia or mycoplasma pneumonia which many radiologists do not recognize subtle interstitial findings on radiograph. See dr. For appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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Without infection symptoms what else can cause a bone scan to light up? With nothing on CT or xray(no MRI icd) just excruciating pain in the hip.

Without infection symptoms what else can cause a bone scan to light up? With nothing on CT or xray(no MRI icd) just excruciating pain in the hip.

Many things: Many other disease processes can cause increased activity in the bone with a nuclear study. Fracture or bone stress, significant degenerative changes, avascular necrosis, soft tissue inflammation, and more. Talk about this finding with your Nuclear Physician and Primary Care Doctor. ...Read more

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