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Could a deformed spine (scoliosis) mess up a bone scan which is looking for possible cancer?

Could a deformed spine (scoliosis) mess up a bone scan which is looking for possible cancer?

Shouldn't : Bone scans pick up increased metabolic activity, and are not affected by structural abnormalities such as scoliosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I have to have a bone scan because of scoliosis. Can having this give me cancer?

I have to have a bone scan because of scoliosis. Can having this give me cancer?

Probably not: A bone scan is done by administering a dose of a radioactive isotope into the blood stream. By itself, this is not harmful. However, low doses of radiation exposure over a prolonged time can lead to cancer, though the amount needed to do this is not really known. As long as you do not need frequent tests requiring radiation exposure, there is little risk from a single bone scan. ...Read more

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Could a bad scoliosis cause a wrong interpretation of a bone scan, looking for cancer?

Could a bad scoliosis cause a wrong interpretation of a bone scan, looking for cancer?

Sometimes: Scoliosis deforms the spine with a curvature. On bone scan the convex side of the curvature is usually more active than the concave side. With surgery for scoiiosis, active spots can occur where breaks in fusion. High incidence of spondylolysis with scolisis, fractures at the L5 level of lumbar spine.Older people with scoliosis have arthritis.All active spots have to be correlated with other images. ...Read more

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Spine surgeon evaluated me. Said my scoliosis not bad enough to cause pain. Getting bone scan.Very worried about this being something serious.Chances?

Spine surgeon evaluated me. Said my scoliosis not bad enough to cause pain. Getting bone scan.Very worried about this being something serious.Chances?

Probably not serious: Back pain not usually associated with scoliosis. Low back pain can be caused by muscular and bone issues. Spondylolysis , a stress fracture in posterior part of lumbar vertebra 4 or 5, can be associated with scoliosis.Movement of one vertebra forward on another if bilateral fractures.Bone scan is the right test for detecting fractures and other causes of pain. Correlate with other imaging for rx. ...Read more

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Can cancer be caused by having a bone scan?

Can cancer be caused by having a bone scan?

Essentially not.: There is radiation with a bone scan, but it's reasonably low. Your drive to the clinic/hospital was probably more dangerous than the scan itself. ...Read more

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Is dark spot appearing on bones by bone scan cancer?

Is dark spot appearing on bones by bone scan cancer?

Maybe not: Areas if increased uptake can be caused by a number of different things. Fractures can do this as well as arthritis (if near a joint), infection and yes cancer can do this also...But other bone lesions that are not considered malignant can also do this. This is why it is so important to see your doctor, who can put this information together with your history, symptoms and results from other tests. ...Read more

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What is the specific name of a "bone scan" that docs use to look for cancer? Want to read up on it for loved one, learn about pros and cons, etc.

What is the specific name of a "bone scan" that docs use to look for cancer? Want to read up on it for loved one, learn about pros and cons, etc.

PET scan: It is usually not a bone scan. Pet (positron emission tomography, in combination with computed tomography is sensitive in detecting malignancies. F18 the isotope is tagged to glucose. Most tumors utilize increased metabolism of glucose allowing detection by this imaging. The isotope is injected intravenously. The test may take 2 hours. ...Read more

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Could a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

Could a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

No: Bone scan is a crude way of measuring active disease in bone. There are more sensitive tests available now. It does not pick up dead cells. But not showing active disease in an area where it was showing disease, "lack of uptake" is a good sign. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

Is it ever that a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

Yes and no.: The degree of tracer uptake depends on several factors such as the size and the type of tumor. Bone scan detects the bone metabolism surrounding the tumor. Usually the uptake will be proportionnal to the degree of "invasion" of the bones but sometimes a lesion which is healing can also be seen as a "hot" spot for many months because of the healing process. Serial scans are needed for evaluation. ...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


Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is ...Read more