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Doctor insights on: Dark Spot On Bone X Ray

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Dr. Paxton Daniel Dr. Daniel
Radiology
35 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Had a X-ray done of my hip and there is dark spots on my hip bone, what are these dark spots?

Had a X-ray done of my hip and there is dark spots on my hip bone, what are these dark spots?

Can't answer: Dark spots doesn't give enough information about the x-ray. Best to get the x-ray report and have your doctor go over it with you.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Hello, my mom had an X-ray recently at the dentist and there is a black spot that showed up, the bone is healthy. No pain and behind a root canal?

Hello, my mom had an X-ray recently at the dentist and there is a black spot that showed up, the bone is healthy. No pain and behind a root canal?

Black spot: A black spot usually means an area without dense tissue such as bone or tooth. May be healing area that was damaged by the previously infected, now root canal treated, tooth. Can be nerve canal. Can be so many other things. Go with your mom to the Dentist and ask for an explanation of what your Dentist is seeing on the film. We can't see it, so review film with your mother's Dentist.

Dr. Scott Keith Dr. Keith
Podiatry
40 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I had an X-Ray and there isn't a broken bone, but there is a large red spot over a knot that is warm and painful?

I had an X-Ray and there isn't a broken bone, but there is a large red spot over a knot that is warm and painful?

Ice lady commeth.: The general procedure used for dealing with the initial injury is ice application. This is included in the RICE protocol for immediate care. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The injured area was not given so you will need to adjust the protocol to fit your needs. To remove all doubt, obtain advice from a professional.

Dr. Piotr Obara Dr. Obara
Radiology
10 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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What technique is used to spot early osteoporosis? Is it dual X-ray absorptiometry, bone marrow biopsy, or arthroscopy?

What technique is used to spot early osteoporosis? Is it dual X-ray absorptiometry, bone marrow biopsy, or arthroscopy?

DEXA: Dexa scan is a non-invasive method which involves sending different energy xrays though the hips and lower spine to determine bone density. The t score is used in classifying density as osteopenic (early osteoporosis) or osteoporotic.

Dr. Mazen Ghani Dr. Ghani
Radiology
20 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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Dark spot on bone in xray. What is next?

Dark spot on bone in xray. What is next?

Which: Body part is the xray of? What symptoms do you have in the area being imaged?

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Dr. Scott Hacking Dr. Hacking
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Sacrum x-ray shows a few small black dots on lower pelvic bone & 2 large white encapsulated spots in pelvic space, what could these anomalies be?

Sacrum x-ray shows a few small black dots on lower pelvic bone & 2 large white encapsulated spots in pelvic space, what could these anomalies be?

Xray: Xrays of the sacrum also will show signs of gas and particles in the large intestine. An xray takes 3 dimensions and reduces it to 2 dimensions, overlaying multiple structures into a flat image, distorting things to some degree. Pelvic phleboliths (vascular calicifications) are common. The sacrum also has foraminae where nerves pass, which may appear as dark spots.

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Dr. Jonathan Trent Dr. Trent
Internal Medicine - Oncology
22 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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What sarcomas can you get on the frontal skull bone? Can benign tumours be hard to spot on x rays?

What sarcomas can you get on the frontal skull bone? Can benign tumours be hard to spot on x rays?

Most any bone tumor: Most any bone tumor or one of the few types that metastasize to bone. Yes, sarcomas are difficult to detect by x-ray.

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg Dr. Goldenberg
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Inflammation: Scintigraphy lights up to ID blood or fluid movements, infection, inflammation, and cancer and has many uses to identify structures and functional processes in different organ systems

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
Pain Management
13 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Thoracic spine pain on a spot for about 5.5 months. Pain when slouched or pressed on one bone. No other symtoms. Cleared thoracic spine xray. Cause?

Thoracic spine pain on a spot for about 5.5 months. Pain when slouched or pressed on one bone. No other symtoms. Cleared thoracic spine xray. Cause?

Back pain: It is difficult to identify the cause of your pain from your message. The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. .. You might suffer from musculoskeletal issues. You can try heat pads, massages, stretching exercise and ibuprofen. If your pain persists, you should seek help from pain specialist for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Ariel Lopez-chavez Dr. Lopez-chavez
Internal Medicine - Oncology
15 years in practice
National Autonomous University of Mexico Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Larry Wilf Dr. Wilf
Nuclear Medicine
30 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Had bone scan today, showed white spots lower back and hips, why is this? Had bc 2005, stress fracture showed on normal xray

Had bone scan today, showed white spots lower back and hips, why is this? Had bc 2005, stress fracture showed on normal xray

Degenerative changes: I assume the image you saw was white on black, which means that the white areas are where there is "uptake" of the radiopharmaceutical. If that is true, based on the locations you mention, most likely white dots are due to spurs (benign bony overgrowths, facet joint arthritis, etc.).

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Dr. Claude Parola Dr. Parola
Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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Wrist X-ray showed a dark spot about the size of a nickle on my ulna. Should I be concerned?

Depends: It depends on the features of the spot. Some spots are benign looking, while other are not. More information about the spot (such as a radiology report) would be helpful in telling me whether it is of concern or not.

Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What does a dark, cauliflower shaped spot on my abdominal X-ray mean?

What does a dark, cauliflower shaped spot on my abdominal X-ray mean?

Where is the spot?: Abdominal plain films encompass almost the entire abdomen including the gut and solid organs, as well as bony structures. Where was the spot in question, and what was the official radiologist reading of your films? (both pieces of info will help us provide you an answer).

Dr. Sandra Eleczko Dr. Eleczko
Dentistry
32 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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I had an x ray at the dentist which showed a dark spot next to my very back tooth. What could this be?

I had an x ray at the dentist which showed a dark spot next to my very back tooth. What could this be?

Xray: Ask your dentist to review the X-ray with you and explain what the dark spot is. It is not possible to answer your question without seeing the X-ray.

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Dr. Stephen Saponaro Dr. Saponaro
Radiology
years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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My daughter had a dark spot on X-ray on leg, below the knee. Dr. Said she'll have the radiologist look at it. What could it be?

My daughter had a dark spot on X-ray on leg, below the knee. Dr. Said she'll have the radiologist look at it. What could it be?

Benign or malignant: A tumor at the knee in a child is usually benign. However, there is a high frequency of malignant masses at the knee in kids.

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Dr. Robert Andrews Dr. Andrews
Radiology - Interventional
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What can cause dark spots on a chest x-ray? There are several black spots on my chest x-rays. I thought tumors where white, so what could these be?

What can cause dark spots on a chest x-ray? There are several black spots on my chest x-rays. I thought tumors where white, so what could these be?

The: The first thing to know about a chest x-ray is that dark things represent air or fat, which white things represent fluid, tissue, and bone. Therefore, "dark spots" on a chest film, especially if they are in the lungs, most likely represent holes. Lungs with a lot of disease--especially in smokers--can develop large cavities called bullae. Dark spots in the ribs or the bones of the spine and shoulders may represent destructive processes like infection or tumor. When people talk about "spots" on a chest film they're usually talking about white spots. White spots in the lungs can be caused by pneumonia or other infections, areas of partial lung collapse, or tumors. Extremely white spots can represent calcium deposits, as are often present iin the arteries of people with vascular disease and in the lining of the chest wall in people with asbestos exposure. Chest films can be some of the most challenging xrays to read, because just about every disease out there causes some kind of abnormality in the chest. The list of differential diagnoses (that is, the possible causes of an abnormality) is very long.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I had a chest X-ray 1yr ago for my RA (required for meds) and it was clean. Now when I went back my doctor said she saw some dark spots? What can itbe

I had a chest X-ray 1yr ago for my RA (required for meds) and it was clean. Now when I went back my doctor said she saw some dark spots? What can itbe

Impossible to say: It is impossible to say without being able to review the films. Have doctor order a CT scan of the chest for a clearer idea in these spots have any significance.

Dr. Linda DiMeglio Dr. DiMeglio
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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How do you read a bone density x-ray?

How do you read a bone density x-ray?

Compare to others: Bone mineral density results are interpreted by comparing your density either to that of persons the same age, sex, and race as you (a z-score) or to persons of the same sex and race at peak bone density (young adult t-score). Adult definitions of osteopenia and osteoporosis are based on t-score results, with osteoporosis at a t-score of -2.5. For children z-scores are the only appropriate value.

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