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Please tell me, could a bone scan show organ tumors?

Please tell me, could a bone scan show organ tumors?

Yes: Tc-mdp is a common tracer used for bone scans. The delivery / localization of tracer relies on blood flow. Therefore areas of increased blood flow have higher delivery of tracer. In addition, any actively calcifying process can show tracer uptake. Liver metastases from colon cancer are often seen on bone scan. ...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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Will a bone scan show cancerous tissue elsewhere besides the point of scan?

Will a bone scan show cancerous tissue elsewhere besides the point of scan?

Depends: Bone scan will usually show bone metastases (spread) from certain cancers that often spread to bone (for example prostate, breast cancer). Primary cancer in the soft tissues will usually not show on bone scan. Other things that will show up on bone scan include areas of bony degeneration or fractures. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your kidneys show up on a bone scan?

What exactly does it mean when your kidneys show up on a bone scan?

See answer: Likely you had an examination with tc-99m mdp and some of this agent is normally excreted in the kidneys and will appear on the bone scan. ...Read more

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Will lytic lesions light up on bone scan? Doesn't it just show osteoblastic activity, not -clastic? Or do osteoclastic maybe show up as "cold spots"?

Will lytic lesions light up on bone scan? Doesn't it just show osteoblastic activity, not -clastic? Or do osteoclastic maybe show up as "cold spots"?

osteoclastic - cold: Lytic lesions can be cold(photogenic) on bone scan if host bone does not react or tumor growing too fast to allow host response with reparative bone. Some times bone infection will be under pressure and not allow blood to to deliver isotope to area and it will be cold..Osteoblastic or repair activity usually shows as increased uptake.Myeloma can induce osteoclastic activity, cold lesions in bone. ...Read more

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What can I do if my latest bone scan shows results in both focal and linear areas, what is the difference?

What can I do if my latest bone scan shows results in both focal and linear areas, what is the difference?

Many possibilities.: It depends why you had your bone scan done. Focal lesions means "localized" and can have various shapes (circular, linear..) and various localizations. A linear lesion usually means a fracture or compression such as seen in the vertebral column. These are two different descriptive terminologies. Again, it should be easier to respond to your answer if we had the results of your scan. Good luck. ...Read more

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My brother has a hard lump just below his xyphoid process. Xrays and density bone scan show nothing. It doesn't hurt or move around. What could it be.

My brother has a hard lump just below his xyphoid process. Xrays and density bone scan show nothing. It doesn't hurt or move around. What could it be.

An up turning zyfoid: process which is the lowest segment of the sternum is the most likely answer. Especially so in thinner people or those who have lost weight recently. It is just an anatomical variant. Those who had" beer bellies" & subsequently lost weight are more prone 2 this. The diagram shows it. Way at the lower end of the sternum. ...Read more

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Prostat cancer bone scan shows o pelvic area is that serius? canit be treated& what's the life expectncy? not spreded anywhere just ther &outtr prostat

Prostat cancer bone scan shows o pelvic area is that serius? canit be treated& what's the life expectncy? not spreded anywhere just ther &outtr prostat

Discuss w/oncologist: Prostate cancer which has spread to bone is not curable WITH CURRENTLY AVAILABLE treatments. However, current treatments can improve quality of life and duration of survival for years. Hormonal therapy is usual first-line treatment. ...Read more

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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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Mri shows three lobulations in bone above knee. Bone scan says everything ok. How could mri and bone scan show two different results?

Mri shows three lobulations in bone above knee.  Bone scan says everything ok.  How could mri and bone scan show two different results?

"Lobulations": is not medical diagnosis or useful information with regard to your MRI results. Please consult with your doctor regarding how your imaging results may (or may not) be relevant to your knee problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a bone scan reveals that portions of the skeleton show greater than normal deminderalization, what hormone causes this?

Can you tell me if a bone scan reveals that portions of the skeleton show greater than normal deminderalization, what hormone causes this?

Dxa for bone density: Bone scan involves injection of isotope and subsequent imaging of skeleton looking for abnormal areas of bone metabolism.Mineralization is determined by dxa scan, (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) where mineralization of whole body, hips;, lumbar spine , and sometimes wrist are imaged. Dxa uses low dose x-rays to assess bone mineral density.No injection of radiopharmaceutical. ...Read more

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Mri & bone scan impression is suspecious metastatis, bmd show osteopenia spiral, m.Band negative, s.Cortisol 30 with dexona 1 mg, biopsy needed ?

Mri & bone scan impression is suspecious metastatis, bmd show osteopenia spiral, m.Band negative, s.Cortisol  30 with dexona 1 mg, biopsy needed  ?

Perhaps: Discuss your situation with your primary doctor or the one who ordered those tests. If you are feeling uncomfortable, it may be good to get a second opinion from an oncologist (a cancer specialist). Do not wait. Time can make a difference in how you do. ...Read more

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Can the results of a bone scan of hips show the difference between cancer that has spread or if it is stress reaction?

Can the results of a bone scan of hips show the difference between cancer that has spread or if it is stress reaction?

Not alone.: A nuclear medicine bone scan reveals only bone turnover activity. This can come from several causes such as trauma, degenerative change and tumor. While the scan may give some hints such as distribution of "hot" areas other studies will be needed to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How long would it take for small fracture to show up on a bone scan?

How long would it take for small fracture to show up on a bone scan?

24 -48 hrs: Usually most fractures are evident at 24 to 48 hours following acute fracture. Fractures in small bones of hands and feet as well as ribs can be detected. Detection some times depends on mineralization of patient. Neurologically insufficient and osteoporotic patients delay the time scale. Definition of small fracture enters into the equation. Bone scan will not show soft tissue injuries. ...Read more

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A bone scan reveals that portions of the skeleton show greater than normal demineralization, what hormone can help me reverse this?

A bone scan reveals that portions of the skeleton show greater than normal demineralization, what hormone can help me reverse this?

May not need hormone: Do u still have your ovaries? Do u have a known hormone deficiency ? Do u have a family hx of osteopenia/porosis? U may just need a calcium supplement. Yalk to your md. ...Read more

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I have a known bone tumor it was found in a MRI ... I had a bone scan done and the tumor showed up HOT ... does that mean it's malignant? Would a. Benign tumor ever show up hot in bone scan ... everything I read online says benign would show up cold

I have a known bone tumor it was found in a MRI ... I had a bone scan done and the tumor showed up HOT ... does that mean it's malignant?  Would a. Benign tumor ever show up hot in bone scan ... everything I read online says benign would show up cold

Possibly: A bone scan is a very sensitive test but it is not very specific. It will simply "light up" anywhere there is increased bone activity. Fractures, infection, cancers, and benign bone processes can light up on a bone scan. Osteoid Osteoma and Paget's disease are just two examples of benign processes that can light up on a bone scan. Discuss with your doctor, if any question, may need biopsy. ...Read more

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If impacted wisdom tooth is infected, and sends infection + pain to other parts of body, wud this show on nuclear bone scan + wud pain be severe?

If impacted wisdom tooth is infected, and sends infection + pain to other parts of body, wud this show on nuclear bone scan + wud pain be severe?

Not normally: An infection usually tries to get out by way of the path with least resistance. Expansion in the area is definitely possible but movement more rare that it would spread. Make sure to see a dentist or Oral surgeon soon to evaluate the extent of the infection and the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Survival rate prostate cancer spreaded around and bone scan shows a little on left n right pelvic. Is it serious? Life expetancy? Serius should Worry?

Very Serious: Metastatic prostate cancer is a serious problem and according to a recent article by A Patrikidou, the median survival is 5.2 years. The good news is that in the last few years there have been several advances and new medications that should extend this. Treatment starts with hormones but sometimes radiation is needed if certain bones are involved. Typically your urologist will coordinate care. ...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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