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Doctor insights on: Can Full Body Bone Scan Detect Lung Tumor

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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 scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Bone scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Correlation: Bone scan is very sensitive and not specific. Correlative imaging ususally ct of chest would be needed. Lesions of ribs can also be fractures, benign tumors, and congenital anomalies. Lung uptake can also occcur in metabolic conditions, sometimes infection, scars, etc. ...Read more

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Will a bone scan light up an area where an bone tumor was removed years before or does it mean the tumor has possibly returned?

Will a bone scan light up an area where an bone tumor was removed years before or does it mean the tumor has possibly returned?

It depends.: Depends on the pattern and morphology of where the bone scan is hot. If it lights up in a focal fashion, it would be at least possible that a tumor could have returned, or a second new tumor could have formed. Alternatively, if the bone scan lights up along the margin of surgical resection, it could simply represent normal bone healing that is expected after an orthopedic procedure. ...Read more

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The hospital found a dark spot on my left lung, was too have a biopsy but they changed to a bone scan whitch i will have in a few days. Why .?

The hospital found  a dark spot on my 
left lung, was too have a biopsy  but 
they  changed  to a bone scan whitch i
will have in a few days. Why .?

Bonds scan?: While i can see reasons were a bone scan might be useful, i would usually order a pet scan in such a situation. If your doctors are concerned for lung cancer, then they are looking for evidence that it has spread. If it has spread, then biopsy of the metastasis is more important than biopsy of the lung nodule. ...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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Does getting a lung tumor removed affect mood?

Does getting a lung tumor removed affect mood?

It can: It is not uncommon for patients to feel a little down after lung surgery. It is important to eat, even if you have no appetite, and stay active. Staying active includes walking, deep breathing, and not spending a lot of time sitting or lying in bed. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a cancerious lung tumor is pressing on the asocicoficous? Sorry about spelling.

What does it mean when a cancerious lung tumor is pressing on the asocicoficous? Sorry about spelling.

Esophagus: The esophagus is the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach. It sounds like you are described a mass in the chest that is pressing against the esophagus. This could cause difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Can a lung tumor cause nurogical problems like seizures?

Can a lung tumor cause nurogical problems like seizures?

Yes: It may do this either by metastases to the brain or occasionally by inducing antibodies against brain itself. I hope that you get the answers to the situation that prompted this question -- lung tumors are extremely serious. ...Read more

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What alternative lung tumor treatments are there besides chemotherapy?

What alternative lung tumor treatments are there besides chemotherapy?

The only: Lung cancer i expect a complete response to is small cell. The next steps vary depending on what the plan was: was t given before surgery? Radiotherapy? Was the expectation that the chemotherapy was curative? Go with him to the medical oncology visit scheduled to review the tratment plan. Treatment may be palliative. If symptoms, ask what else can be done. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...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