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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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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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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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Left knee medial compartment joint replacement hardware with abnormal uptake of tracer in the medial left femoral condyle proximal to the prosthesis.

Left knee medial compartment joint replacement hardware with abnormal 
uptake of tracer in the medial left femoral condyle proximal to the prosthesis.

Varies : It varies in part on the type of scan you underwent and the timing of when your knee replace my was done as well. A standard bone scan will light up with increased bone activity and would be concerning for loosening, infection, or fracture. A white blood labeled scan that lights up whilst be concerning for infection. I would discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is calcific foci in chest x ray does it signify any thing related for purpose i did the test - tb test.Does it have anything related to smoking?

What is calcific foci in chest x ray
does it signify any thing related for purpose i did the test -  tb test.Does it have anything related to smoking?

Calcification: The calcified lesion in itself is not of concern. For example in the area I live inhaling spores from plants is common and the body calcifies these over time and the calcifications are seen on xray. A TB granuloma can get calcified which is typically good and means the TB is being "walled off". Tumors can get calcified too. You will have to talk to your provider about the results. ...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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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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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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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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What does "uptake" mean on a bone scan as in "mildly increased uptake involving the RIGHT C6-C7 facet joint?

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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