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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

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 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 should be our concerns if NOTHING shows on a bone scan including old fractures.

What should be our concerns if NOTHING shows on a bone scan including old fractures.

Old fractures: May not show up as an abnormality on a bone scan. So if your bone scan is negative, no worries. ...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 on 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?

Different studies: The meaning of "lobulations" in the bone on an MRI study is uncertain. This may mean an osteophyte, cortical thickening, old trauma, a normal variant, or something else. The bone scan measures bone chemistry and activity such as repair of the bone. When the bone scan is normal with these findings on MRI, it means normal bone chemistry, and indicates a non serious problem. ...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 an 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 an 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 the 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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Knee mri showed torn meniscus and bone spurs. Now dr wants bone scan.is that scan needed after mri. What would bone scan show that isn't on mri??

Knee mri showed torn meniscus and bone spurs. Now dr wants bone scan.is that scan needed after mri. What would bone scan show that isn't on mri??

Generally,: Finding a meniscal tear and bone spurs on a knee MRI doesn't require a bone scan for further evaluation. There must be something else they are concerned about, but it is difficult to speculate with limited information. Talk to your doctor about why the bone scan is needed. ...Read more

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What does increased uptake around the area of the left acetbulum mean? Have had two hip replacements, last one in 1999. Bone scan shows significant bone lose and CT shows increased uptake around the area of the left acetabulum as well as the femoral comp

What does increased uptake around the area of the left acetbulum mean? Have had two hip replacements, last one in 1999.  Bone scan shows significant bone
lose and CT shows increased uptake around the area of the left acetabulum as well as the femoral comp

Uptake on bone scan: Bone scan after injection of IV radiotracer is sensitive for changes in bone metabolism. Increased uptake is not specific but can be related to infection, fracture, loosening or even tumor. However, ct shows anatomy and pathology. The loss of bone can occur from lack of normal weight bearing or disuse.
Demineralization around stem of prosthesis can be loosening. You should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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38y female seroneg ra. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) not work. Bone scan show si joints & feet. Start 10mg mtx. Doc said may not be RA since si joints?4 relative w/ra.?

Talk to your doctor: There are other forms of inflammatory arthritis, which include the seronegative spondyloarthropathies. It might be something like ankylosing spondylitis. Additional testing might be necessary, and a rheumatology referral may be necessary. Also, keep in mind being seronegative does not mean you absolutely don't have rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Does cancer how up on exrays does cancer show up on exrays taken ofhips they said it was burstisus I am a cancer survivor since 2007 clear test results clear lympnodes clear bone scan clear margins in stsge 1 breast cancer

Does cancer how up on exrays does cancer show up on exrays taken ofhips they said it was burstisus I am a cancer survivor since 2007 clear test results clear lympnodes clear bone scan clear margins in stsge 1 breast cancer

Possibly: If the xray examination of the hip shows bone destruction or increased bone formation. On xray there has to be at least 40% destruction of bone for it to be visible. A normal bone scan is much more sensitive for detecting involvement of bone by tumor. If your bone scan is normal, the presence of tumor is unlikely. It is likely that your pain is from benign process such as bursitis or arthritis. ...Read more

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Bone scan shows djd in shoulders, hips, elbows, si joints and lumbar spine. I'm a hairstylist and worried as my hip and elbow are very painful now.

See rhuematologist.: Increased uptake on bone scan in that many joints is concerning. Is there a family history of arthritis? Since you are on plaquenil, someone thinks you have rhuematologic arthritis. Your doctor should be able to tell you whether you need to find a different career. Find out sooner, rather than later. ...Read more

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Is an emg test necessary if the MRI shows c4, C5 and C6 nerves pinched. Have c4, C5 and C6 ruptured disc in neck with C4 C5 and C6 pinched nerves on right side and C6 nerve pinched on left side. Have had bone scan, and CT and now doctor is wanting emg.

Is an emg test necessary if the MRI shows c4, C5 and C6 nerves pinched. Have c4, C5 and C6 ruptured disc in neck with C4 C5 and C6 pinched nerves on right side and C6 nerve pinched on left side.  Have had bone scan, and CT and now doctor is wanting emg.

Not : Not all disk herniations cause pain. Emg is helpful to determine which disks and nerves are symptomatic. This information may help determine the disks operated on. Therefore, EMG is often necessary because it may give important information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will my bone marrow test show up for leukemia lupus etc, while I am on these IV treatments for my blood platelet disease?

Will my bone marrow test show up for leukemia lupus etc, while I am on these IV treatments for my blood platelet disease?

Probably: I can't tell what blood platelet disease you have so I don't know what medications you are taking so it is not possible to definitively answer your question. Bone marrow is the best way to diagnose leukemia but is not a good test for lupus. ...Read more

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What do bone scan results tell you?

What do bone scan results tell you?

Hot spot, cold spots: The radiologist looks for evidence of abnormal bone metabolism on the scans. These show up as darker "hot spots" and lighter "cold spots" where the tracers have or haven't accumulated.

Although a bone scan is very sensitive to abnormalities in bone metabolism, it's less helpful in determining the exact cause of the abnormality. ...Read more

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