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Doctors sometimes request a bone scan, CT or MRI scan before deciding on the best course of treatment. Why is this?

Doctors sometimes request a bone scan, CT or MRI scan before deciding on the best course of treatment. Why is this?

Find/confirm illness: With any imaging method (mri, ultrasound, etc...), the pros/cons must be weighed. What information will the imaging provide to arrive at a diagnosis? Is it cost effective (although patients seldom worry about the cost)? Do i need a live, real-time view (as in ultrasound) or a more detailed view (as in ct/mri)? Is the patient at higher risk of harm from radiation (try to avoid in pregnancy), etc... ...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


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No prostate,rising PSA, negative bone scan. What can I expect for treatment steps. Very anxious. 51yr,surg. 1/13 - salvg rad,hormone therapy, .6 PSA?

No prostate,rising PSA, negative bone scan. What can I expect for treatment steps. Very anxious. 51yr,surg. 1/13 - salvg rad,hormone therapy, .6 PSA?

Rising PSA: In order to determine the next steps, it is important to know if your PSA ever dropped to zero. With hormonal therapy, the PSA should be undetectable. What was the pathology from your surgery? IF bone scan is negative, that only rules out metastatic disease to the bony structures. Micrometastatic disease is the most likely with a rising PSA. It is also important to have at least 3 PSA results ...Read more

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Oct 2012-pet scan done with 2 areas of concern after breast cancer dx....Had biopsy and bone scan that were both neg...All cancer treatment done and #2 pet showed same areas-no change..Why bone scan?

Oct 2012-pet scan done with 2 areas of concern after breast cancer dx....Had biopsy and bone scan that were both neg...All cancer treatment done  and #2 pet showed same areas-no change..Why bone scan?

D/w your MD: The best person to answer your question is your doctor. Have a discussion with your doctor and see what the reason is. Most likely is the same reason your doctor did the bone scan last time- to ensure that this is also unchanged on the bone scan. Unlike the bone scan, the pet scan was not done dedicated only to check the bone. What is your cancer marker, alkaline phosphatase level? D/w your md. ...Read more

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I have a history of osteomylitis and it showed up on gallium scan before, why did my doctor order a bone scan?

I have a history of osteomylitis and it showed up on gallium scan before, why did my doctor order a bone scan?

Ask your doctor: Gallium is sometimes used to detect active or chronic infection. Gallium not specific can have uptake in tumors and trauma. It does not tell much about healing of bone. Bone scan is more specific for bone metabolism including infection fracture, repair. The degree of uptake usually determines activity of process. Lot of people use tagged white blood cells for detecting infection, more specific. ...Read more

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What are reasons why would doctors run bone scan for prostate cancer?

What are reasons why would doctors run bone scan for prostate cancer?

Because...: ....Bone is the number one place to where prostate cancer will metastasize. It is not the only place it can go to, though. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why would doctor run bone scan for prostate cancer?

I'm wondering why would doctor run bone scan for prostate cancer?

? spread to bone: It is common for prostate cancer to spread to bones. A bone scan is a very sensitive way to detect spread of prostate cancer to the bone. It's important to know if the bone is involved to "stage" the disease and determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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60 years, she has made hysterectomy 1year agoshe has lumbago, doctor says to do bone scan but also she has to do abdominal scan.Which have to do.

60 years, she has made hysterectomy 1year agoshe has lumbago, doctor says to do bone scan but also she has to do abdominal scan.Which have to do.

You question is?: You have not asked a question. You have just mentioned that you or someone you know has back pain. You are already having it evaluated. I have nothing more to add. ...Read more

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I have uploaded 5 images of my bone scan from today can someone tell me if this is a stress fracture I can't get into a doctor until next week ?

I have uploaded 5 images of my bone scan from today can someone tell me if this is a stress fracture I can't get into a doctor until next week ?

Bone scan: If you have had a bone scan done I have to assume that was a referral from a doctor. You need to call that doctor and see him or her or present to an emergency room if you are having pain . ...Read more

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38y female seroneg ra. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) not work. Bone scan show si joints & feet. Start 10mg mtx. Doc said may not be RA since si joints?4 relative w/ra. ?

Talk to your doctor: There are other forms of inflammatory arthritis, which include the seronegative spondyloarthropathies. It might be something like ankylosing spondylitis. Additional testing might be necessary, and a rheumatology referral may be necessary. Also keep in mind being seronegative does not mean you absolutely don't have rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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