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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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