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Deformed Scoliosis Mess Bone Scan Cancer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Why would prostate levels jump from under 5 to 26.5 in 6 months: my uncle had prostate cancers few years ago and is 76 years old. Bone scan is done?
My dr thinks I am too young to have a bone scan done. What other paths can I take to be checked for osteosporosis, cancer, etc?
Appropriate reason: Dexa scan is used to assess bone mineralization and bone scan is usually for detecting metastatic disease, occult fractures, infection etc. Insurance will not approve unless doctor has appropriate reason for study. For instance postmenopausal woman, frequent fractures, inflammatory bowel disease, certain meds for ge reflux for DEXA scan. ...Read more
Prostrate cancer gleason 3+3psa10.7. Getting prostractomy done in a few days. Bone scan MRI negative. Can it recur?
Can the results of a bone scan of hips show the difference between cancer that has spread or if it is stress reaction?
My bone scan showed no evidence that my prostate cancer spread to the bones. What are the chances that it did not spread anywhere else?
I had chemo for breast cancer and a bone scan indicated a spot on my clavicle. My br cancer is gone but not the spot on the clavicle. What is it?
Hard to answer: Without seeing the images its difficult to answer this question. Where in the clavicle (i.E mid vs at sternoclavicular joint), morphology of the lesion and correlation to cross sectional imaging like ct/mri are important in further delineating the possible etiology of the "spot" (increased uptake in radiology lingo). It's also important to mention if you had trauma to the area. Talk to your doc! ...Read more
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
Prostatectomy: If localized may be the answer. Check with urologist. ...Read more
Loved one's bone scan points to possible metastatic cancer, but all blood tests and mammogram are negative for cancer. Any ideas on what it could mean?
Positive bone scan: A bone scan is performed following the injection of isotope, usually technetium 99m mdp. This radiotracer is accumulated in the skeleton. There can be areas of increased, decreased and normal uptake of the radiopharmaceutical. Bone scan is very sensitive for detecting lesions but not specific. Fractures, infection, arthritis, and tumors can be detected. Correlation with other imaging is necessary. ...Read more
Father has prostate cancer. Spreded on outer prostate. Did test to see if in bladder and it wasn't. Bone scan next if not found in bladder can it ther?
Here are some. ..: How to treat prostate cancer is advised and decided on the basis of multiple factors - age, pace of PSA rising, tissue Gleason score, general health, concomitant illnesses, metastatic workup, etc. But in reality, the decision is still based on INDIRECT evidence to define if cancer is still clinically localized or spread. Of note, microscopic spread is not detectable with any scans - bone scan, CT ...Read more
When doctor removes lymph nodes during prostatectomy surgery, if they are positive for cancer. What does that mean? Bone scan & MRI were both neg.!
I have had four x-rays for my chest, one CT of my abdomenand one bone scan. I am worried whether I have an increased chance of developing cancer from this radiation.
Don't worry: The amt from the x-rays is almost nothing. Similar to air travel which I assume you don't worry about getting cancer. One ct scan of the abdomen and a bone scan are equivalent to about 7 years of normal life in the us. So same amt of radiation from sun and cosmic rays in that time. Radiation from imaging at those levels has never been shown to cause cancer. ...Read more
I am cancer survivor since 2007 clear test results cler margins clear lympnodes clear bone scan lately having hip pain hospital took exrays said it was burtsis what do u say
Have papillary thyroid cancer. Recent bone scan showed area of concentrated radioactivity on lower leg bone. Cancer too?
Positive bone scan does not mean cancer
any recent activity in the bone from recent healing, to a inflammation, to possible infection will cause hot spot on bone scan
papillary thyroid cancer is not known to be super aggressive and the chance of metastases to the bone is super rare.
check with your doctor most likely it will be something simple ...Read more
I am a breast cancer survivor since 2007. I had clear test results, clear margins, clear lymphnodes and bone scan in 2007. Now, I am having pain in hips. Why could it be?
Prostate cancer, scheduled for rp, biopsies/6 of 8 positive 2aggressive w/ gleason of 7, CT & bone scan clear, male 55, healthy active. Prognosis?
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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