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Meaning of Foci of increased radiotracer uptake anterior left ribs 5th 6th 7th. Clinical history for possible trauma and radiographic correlation.

Meaning of Foci of increased radiotracer uptake anterior left ribs 5th 6th 7th. Clinical history for possible trauma and radiographic correlation.

Bone scan: I assume this is a bone scan. Increased uptake means a site of abnormal increased bone metabolic activity, which is usually a response to trauma, infection, inflammation, or neoplasm. When multiple foci line up along successive ribs, it is almost invariably due to trauma. If it is along the anterior margins of the ribs, it could also be costcochondritis. ...Read more

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What does this mean Increased areas of radiotracer uptake at the acromioclavicular joints bilaterally, coracoid processes bilaterally, and knee joints?

The bone scan: Is "active" with ANY INFLAMMATORY process including degenerative arthritis which may be the reason in your case! IT'S A NON-SPECIFIC FINDING!!!!!!!!!!


Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Increased tracer uptake in the cervical spine/ body scan. Neck pain associated w/ torn labrum. COPD diagnosis as well. Is this worth a second look?

Increased tracer uptake in the cervical spine/ body scan. Neck pain associated w/ torn labrum. COPD diagnosis as well. Is this worth a second look?

Unclear story: Increased tracer uptake may or may not be pathological- arthritic joints in the neck will commonly have increased uptake. If it is in the vertebral bone itself, that is unusual and would need a "second look". A "torn labrum" would suggest shoulder pathology, not the neck- you may simply have your terms confused. Obviously, you had a test done for a reason so need to f/u with the ordering doc. ...Read more

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Hi could you please explain what "moderately intense increased tracer uptake at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine and L4-5 level and right hip joint?

Hi could you please explain what "moderately intense increased tracer uptake at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine and L4-5 level and right hip joint?

Bone scan?: Did you have a bone scan done? Assuming that is the case, a chemical (tracer) is injected into the body and will "light up" anywhere there is increased bone activity (increased tracer uptake). Causes of intense increased uptake usually are seen with a fracture, some metastatic lesions, and infections of the bone. Moderate uptake can be seen in arthritic joints such as possibly your hip and back ...Read more

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In a bone scan, what would cause mild increased radiotracer fluid in upper right pole of kidney?

In a bone scan, what would cause mild increased radiotracer fluid in upper right pole of kidney?

See answer: The kidneys and bladder are normally visualized with a routine bone scan. Decrease visualization and activity generally reflects decreased renal function and an increase in activity commonly represents either obstruction or delayed excretion. You should discuss with the doctor who ordered the test whether he feels finding has any clinical significance. Most likely not? ...Read more

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Q. 1 of 2. Renogran, left kidney. Parenchymal tracer uptake is reduced with negligible wash out. What does it mean?

Q. 1 of 2. Renogran, left kidney. Parenchymal tracer uptake is reduced with negligible wash out. What does it mean?

If I understand the: Question correctly, the left kidney renogram shows decreased uptake of tracer, which means decreased kidney function. The negligible wash out means little urine production, or possibly a blockage of the upper ureter. Please discuss with your doctor, as this appearance needs to be correlated with your medical condition and the reason your doctor ordered the test. ...Read more

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Bone scan 3 weeks ago showed increased radiotracer upper pole right kidney. Now have gross hematuria for 3-4hrs upon waking. What could be the cause?

Bone scan 3 weeks ago showed increased radiotracer upper pole right kidney. Now have gross hematuria for 3-4hrs upon waking. What could be the cause?

Here are some. ..: The finding in right kidney on bone scan is considered as an incidental finding. Now, gross hematuria occurs and you should have a thorough evaluation with CT. IVP ASAP, and followed with cystoscopy timely. Don't put it off. Best wish. .. ...Read more

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During bone scan what would cause mild radiotracer increase in si joints and mid feet?

During bone scan what would cause mild radiotracer increase in si joints and mid feet?

Spondyloartopathy: The spondyloarthropathies (spinal based arthritis) have in common sacroileitis and other joint arthritis. It occurs in a wide diversity of disorders, i.e., anklylosing spondylilitis, reiters enthesopathy, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, juvenile arthritis-you may not have any of these, just a mild form, but yearly follow-up with your doctor and reporting new symptoms is in order. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a ganglion shows increased uptake on a scintigraphy?

What does it mean if a ganglion shows increased uptake on a scintigraphy?

Not much: There is some joint changes and bone inflemation were the ganglion cyst coming from. Good luck. ...Read more

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What cause bilateral sij and r pelvic pain? Scan showed increased uptake r more than left? I have no stifness and exercise, sitting make pain worse.

What cause bilateral sij and r pelvic pain? Scan showed increased uptake r more than left? I have no stifness and exercise, sitting make pain worse.

Muscle and fascia: Si joint and pelvic pain can be caused by thigh, pelvic, gluteal, and abdominal muscles and fascia. Perhaps find someone who can examine you who is expert with myofascial pain or pelvic pain. Uptake is just as likely to show stress from muscle and fascia as inflammation. ...Read more

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Diffuse uptake icreased bone marrow uptake, likely to reflect reactive marrow hyperplasia is this normal?

Diffuse uptake icreased bone marrow uptake, likely to reflect reactive marrow hyperplasia is this normal?

Depends: Much more info is needed. Why was the scan done? What medical conditions exist? Talk to the doctor who ordered it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Please can you explain what this means: Pet scan showed right lower lobe lesion with increased uptake SUVMAX20. Measuring 5x5cm &the right cervical ad?

Please can you explain what this means: Pet scan showed right lower lobe lesion with increased uptake SUVMAX20. Measuring 5x5cm &the right cervical ad?

PET Scan...: This PET scan is saying there is a lesion measuring 5x5 centimeters that is active physiologically-that is, it is using the isotope given during the scan. The lesion is located in the right lung, near the bottom. There are also some enlarged lymph nodes. This needs to be followed up closely because, although it may be benign, malignancy needs to be ruled out. A biopsy is likely the next step. ...Read more

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SPECT of the spine shows moderate increased uptake in the anterior aspect of +/- L3 and in the thoracic vertebrae. What does this mean?

SPECT of the spine shows moderate increased uptake in the anterior aspect of +/- L3 and in the thoracic vertebrae. What does this mean?

It means that: Those areas of the bone have more metabolic activity than adjacent normal bone. It has to be interpreted in the context of the distribution of activity, your clinical history, and possibly other imaging studies, because based on limited nonspecific info, it could mean anything from trauma to arthritis to metastatic disease. Talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

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What does "uptake" mean on a bone scan as in "mildly increased uptake involving the RIGHT C6-C7 facet joint?

Bone scan: Uptake means there is simply bone turnover or bone production and degradation in the form of cellular activity. Diagnosis includes fracture arthritis infection tumor anything that dynamically affects bone A bone scan is not an absolute and MUST be correlated with a clinical question plain X-rays and a working differential diagnosis. You must speak to the ordering or treating physician!!!! ...Read more

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My bone scan says there is mild generalized increased uptake in left ankle and mid foot and in 1st met. Phalangeal areas. What does this mean?

Why the bone scan: Bone scans are done to evaluate for bone tumors, bone metastasis, infection, and occult fractures such as stress fractures. The study will often be mildly abnormal with arthritis. Your results sound like arthritis, and should be compared to the x-rays of your feet and ankles. ...Read more

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I have PSA - Bone Scan report says there is an increased activity and uptake of the left SI joint, both shoulders and TMJ. What does this mean for me?

I have PSA - Bone Scan report says there is an increased activity and uptake of the left SI joint, both shoulders and TMJ. What does this mean for me?

Here are some...: What does "PSA" mean in this question? A blood test or a clinical syndrome? Please specify it so an answer to the point could be given. Bone scan showing hot spots at the joints usually suggests the presence of some inflammation - arthritis. For detailing, ask the attending doctor ordering bone scan, who should possess more pertinent info about you than anyone online. ...Read more

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Bone scan "increased uptake bilateral SI joints, left greater than right likely due to stresses" Can this mean stress fractures??

Bone scan "increased uptake bilateral SI joints, left greater than right likely due to stresses" Can this mean stress fractures??

This could B a--: -stress fx if of sudden onset, if have had back pain 4 yrs you could have a spondylolysis @ that level. CT images are the best to see a defect as well as determining if stress or developmental. ...Read more

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What does increased uptake around the area of the left acetbulum mean? Have had two hip replacements, last one in 1999. Bone scan shows significant bone lose and CT shows increased uptake around the area of the left acetabulum as well as the femoral comp

What does increased uptake around the area of the left acetbulum mean? Have had two hip replacements, last one in 1999. Bone scan shows significant bone lose and CT shows increased uptake around the area of the left acetabulum as well as the femoral comp

Uptake on bone scan: Bone scan after injection of IV radiotracer is sensitive for changes in bone metabolism. Increased uptake is not specific but can be related to infection, fracture, loosening or even tumor. However ct shows anatomy and pathology. The loss of bone can occur from lack of normal weight bearing or disuse.
Demineralization around stem of prosthesis can be loosening. You should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What could be the causes of increased uptake by a nonenlarged subcarinal node on pet scan in a patient with breast cancer?

What could be the causes of increased uptake by a nonenlarged subcarinal node on pet scan in a patient with breast cancer?

Pet scan challenging: A pet scan will generally show 3 main groups of findings. Infection inflammation or cancer. With a history of breast cancer a biopsy may be considered but that will depend on the details of the situation. ...Read more

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Low grade increased uptake in medial cuneiform bone with mild arthropathy soft tissue swelling metatarsal tarsal joint along soft tissue of the dorsum?

Low grade increased uptake in medial cuneiform bone with mild arthropathy soft tissue swelling metatarsal tarsal joint along soft tissue of the dorsum?

Why was test done?: Sounds like a bone scan or MRI was done. The findings are most likely a small fracture, infection, or arthritis. It would be helpful to know the symptoms, and why the test was ordered. ...Read more

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Abnormal focal osseous uptakes are identified in the right proximal clavicle and the right scapula with corresponding osteolytic and blastic findings on CT are consistent with metastatic disease. Cancer?

Abnormal focal osseous uptakes are identified in the right proximal clavicle and the right scapula with corresponding osteolytic and blastic findings on CT are consistent with metastatic disease. Cancer?

Correct.: In the absence of long standing prior trauma or metabolic disease history, these findings in an otherwise healthy 66 y/o male would most frequently been seen with bone metastasis. ...Read more

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Mri on neck shows increased uptake with c5-6 disc space and rt sided c3-4 facet joint discogenic and facet degeneration. T3-4 facet joint uptake? Help

Mri on neck shows increased uptake with c5-6 disc space and rt sided c3-4 facet joint discogenic and facet degeneration. T3-4 facet joint uptake? Help

A grain of salt...: There is not a very good correlation between MRI findings and symptoms. 'Uptake' suggests the use of contrast that highlights inflammation. I suggest you consult with a psiatrist or practicing osteopath experienced in both MRI interpretation and physical medicine. ...Read more

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Results from my daughter's bone scan says that there is mildly increased uptake in the dorsum of her midfoot on delayed imaging. Stress fracture?

Results from my daughter's bone scan says that there is mildly increased uptake in the dorsum of her midfoot on delayed imaging. Stress fracture?

Not necessarily: I would expect the same type of report from a kid with a bone bruise or scuff at the same location. Such wording should be paired with the results of a history and physical exam to decide the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tsh level 5.58, no symptoms, u/s found 1cm subtle hypoechoic nodule w/increased peripheral vascularity. Pcp ordered rai uptake scan before fna. Why?

Tsh level 5.58, no symptoms, u/s found 1cm subtle hypoechoic nodule w/increased peripheral vascularity. Pcp ordered rai uptake scan before fna. Why?

I have no idea: Hi. It's not a hyperactive nodule...we know that from the TSH. I'd go straight to an FNA. The scan will show a "cold" nodule, which we already know it is, and will not help differentiate benign from cancer. FNA cytology (hopefully with gene testing) is all you need at this point. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can this mean. ... Fdg uptake in the medistinial Nodes is indeterminate?

Uncertainty: When a test result comes back as indeterminate, it means "inconclusive." In other words, the degree of uptake into the mediastinal nodes was neither conclusively normal nor abnormal Therefore the conclusion is uncertain or indeterminate. It seems unfair to put you in this medical limbo but your doctor can do further tests to ascertain if the lymph nodes are overactive metabolically. ...Read more

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What does "OVERUSE UPTAKE IS NOTED AT BOTH MEDIAL KNEES" mean?

What does "OVERUSE UPTAKE IS NOTED AT BOTH MEDIAL KNEES" mean?

Contrast imaging: I take it that you have had a contrast imaging of the knee.
The term means that there is a filling defect in part of the knee (probably cartilage) that was filled with the contrast material and that how it is shown on the image.
Probably the defect is secondary to overuse of the knee. ...Read more

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If I had rai uptake scan done 6 months ago, should I have another one done if my symptoms still persist?

If I had rai uptake scan done 6 months ago, should I have another one done if my symptoms still persist?

Depends: Usually radioiodine uptake and scan are performed for hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Medications are usually prescribed for these diseaes. Radioiodine therapy is sometimes used for hyperthyroidism. Unless your physician feels because of therapy issues or change in symptoms, the test is not usually repeated on regular basis. If following thyroid cancer, that scan is done for surveillance. ...Read more

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I have to go off of my hypothyroid medication for over a month to prepare for my scan and uptake. What kind of symptoms can I expect from being off?

I have to go off of my hypothyroid medication for over a month to prepare for my scan and uptake. What kind of symptoms can I expect from being off?

Hypothyroid symptoms: Common symptoms of low thyroid = hypothyroidism are: fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, weight gain. It can easily be diagnosed from the blood test checking T4 level as well as TSH level. Consult your doctor for your symptoms and have he/she check the thyroid level for you ...Read more

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Infant with bilateral upj. Severe in left, mild in right. 15/85 function per mag3 scan. Right function now affected (uptake, excretion). Surgery likely for left. How to handle right? Worrisome?

Infant with bilateral upj. Severe in left, mild in right. 15/85 function per mag3 scan. Right function now affected (uptake, excretion). Surgery likely for left. How to handle right? Worrisome?

Sounds good hands: I think anytime your baby is going to have surgery it's normal to be concern. Sounds like your in good hands and they will be monitoring the right kidney. ...Read more

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What does moderate to severely decreased uptake of the radiopharmaceutical by the inferior-inferolateral wall mean?

What does moderate to severely decreased uptake of the radiopharmaceutical by the inferior-inferolateral wall mean?

Risk for MI.: This seems to suggest that the defined areas of the heart are at risk for damage. This seems to suggest that a blockage exists to the blood flow to those parts of the heart, which can lead to a heart attack. This needs to be investigated further and treated. You need an angiogram. ...Read more

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What does strong uptake on a bone scan mean?

Increased activity: Strong uptake on bone scan means increased metabolic bone activity. This could indicate inflammation, fracture, infection, and/or bone tumor. These results usually are considered in the face of plain x-rays and exam to determine the diagnosis. Sometimes mri/ct scan are also needed. ...Read more

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Does a 123 uptake and scan check for cancer?

Does a 123 uptake and scan check for cancer?

Depends: It can be done to assess the functional status of a thyroid nodule and also look for inflammatory diseases in the thyroid. With the known diagnosis of thyroid cancer it can be used to eval the whole body, before and after treatments. ...Read more

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When should someone take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors?

When should someone take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors?

Depression: These medications are usually a first line medication for depression although they have other uses. ...Read more

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What does it mean if on my thyroid panel, my t-uptake was elevated?

What does it mean if on my thyroid panel, my t-uptake was elevated?

May be nothing: If the rest of the tests are normal, and the t3ru (t3 (liothyronine) resin uptake) is abnormal, the thyroid is probably working normally. T3ru reflects the amount of thyroid binding proteins in the blood, and can be high in women taking birth control pills, estrogen or who are pregnant. It's main use is to correct total T4 levels for protein changes, but is less useful since most labs check free T4 instead now. ...Read more

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Would a neurotrophic virus cause pain upon uptake into sensory nerves?

Would a neurotrophic virus cause pain upon uptake into sensory nerves?

Yes: Any virus that affects the nervous system may cause nerve pain due to inflammation that develops as a result of its action. ...Read more