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How does nuclear medicine do a bone scan?

How does nuclear medicine do a bone scan?

Tc-99m-MDP Bone Scan: Bone scan often provides an earlier diagnosis and demonstrates more lesions than are found by radiographic procedures.Tc-99m-mdp (methylene diphosphonate) is a bone seeking agent that concentrates in the mineral phase of bone. 2-3 hours after injection, 50%-60% of the activity localizing in bone and the remainder is cleared by the kidneys. F18-naf bone scans are done with pet cameras, r + expensive. ...Read more

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Nuclear Medicine (Definition)

The medical specialty of nuclear medicine involves the use of unsealed radioactive pharmaceuticals that can help image molecular flow throughout the body. The medical use of radiopharmaceuticals also includes the treatment of some cancers and bone pain. Nuclear medicine is separate from diagnostic radiology, which utilizes the use of external (sealed) radioactivity ...Read more


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Can I have sexual intercouse after I have a bone scan while the nuclear chemicals are still in my blood?

Can I have sexual intercouse after I have a bone scan while the nuclear chemicals are still  in my blood?

Yes.: A woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding should notify the clinic before receiving the radiotracer injection, but there are no restrictions for sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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Nature of bone pain with Vit D insufficiency or fibromyalgia - is it diffuse/general or can it be localized? Nuclear bone scan negative 4 osteo issues

Nature of bone pain with Vit D insufficiency or fibromyalgia - is it diffuse/general or can it be localized? Nuclear bone scan negative 4 osteo issues

Proximal vs general: Fibromyalgia pain is usually a generalized and diffuse muscular distress. Typically in low vitamin D ( if severe) you will encounter a condition called osteomalacia which is associated with more localized proximal shoulder/hip girdle muscle achiness. ...Read more

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Is it odd that a nuclear bone scan would not detect 2 rib fractures?

No: Bone scan is a very sensitive way to detect recent bone fractures. However many factors will affect this ability to detect them such as the time interval between the fracture and the scan, the age of the patient, and the location of the fractures. In a young patient, bone metabolism can return to a normal status very quickly. Spect study ( tomography) is also very helpful to detect some lesions. ...Read more

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What can a nuclear bone scan show (about my hip bones) that cannot be seen by x-ray?

What can a nuclear bone scan show (about my hip bones) that cannot be seen by x-ray?

Bone scan: A nuclear bone scan may show hairline fractures, bone loss, infection or small tumors not visible on xray. It may also confirm the presence of arthritis that may be suspected on xray. ...Read more

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Tkr, feb.2012. Pain, bone scan , sept 2013, possible infection, loosening, trauma. Nuclear med. Test oct 2013, no infection. No loosening. What now?

Tkr, feb.2012. Pain, bone scan , sept 2013, possible infection, loosening, trauma. Nuclear med. Test oct 2013, no infection. No loosening. What now?

TKR: Infection of an indwelling prosthesis will often require removal of the prosthetic knee, placement of a spacer, long term antibiotic therapy, followed by replacement of the prosthesis after assessment of efficacy of treatment, and then continued long term antibiotics. See an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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Nuclear bone scan: can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) cause false positive results? False negative results? How likely @ just normal dose pepto (~1000 mg over 2 hours)?

can interfere: Do not take any medications with bismuth, such as pepto-bismol, for four days before the scheduled scan.Barium and bismuth can interfere with test results.These metals interfere with results of scan by absorbing some of gamma rays from radio tracer causing artifacts. ...Read more

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If impacted wisdom tooth is infected, and sends infection + pain to other parts of body, wud this show on nuclear bone scan + wud pain be severe?

If impacted wisdom tooth is infected, and sends infection + pain to other parts of body, wud this show on nuclear bone scan + wud pain be severe?

Not normally: An infection usually tries to get out by way of the path with least resistance. Expansion in the area is definitely possible but movement more rare that it would spread. Make sure to see a dentist or Oral surgeon soon to evaluate the extent of the infection and the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Pain on activities all over body Ana pro ra factor tsh nuclear bone scan normal rheumo thinks its due to past chronic vit d def. Normal now vitd wt?

Autoimmune disease: Despite negative labs, you may still have some type of autoimmune disease. Chronic pain throughout the body is usually due to autoimmune disease. If there is no anatomic distribution of the pain, and it's not related to disease such as infection, cancer, endocrine disease, then it must be autoimmune. ...Read more

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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