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Deformed Scoliosis Mess Bone Scan Cancer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abnormal curvature of the spine is a symptom in which a person's spine has sideways curvature (either to the left or to the right), or has too little or too much curvature in the front-back direction. Normal front-back spine curvatures exist in the neck, the chest, the lower back, ...Read more
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