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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!!!!

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What does strong uptake on a bone scan mean?

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.

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What does radiopharmaceutical uptake from a bone scan mean in layman's terms?

What does radiopharmaceutical uptake from a bone scan mean in layman's terms?

Tracer uptake: Read the report. But it sounds like it means that there is increased bone metabolism at that location. The radiopharmaceutical maps calcium activity (osteoblastic) of the bone. Can have increased metabolism in response to mechanical stress, a fracture, cancer, infection, and miscellaneous reasons.

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I had a bone scan done recently I'm trying to see what results mean the findings say homogenous uptake throughout skeleton seen what does it mean?

I had a bone scan done recently I'm trying to see what results mean the findings say homogenous uptake throughout skeleton seen what does it mean?

Homogenous = normal: The term "homogenous" means something similar to consistent or equal. If there is homogenous uptake throughout the skeleton it means there are no abnormal areas of "high uptake" or "hot spots" such as bone cancers. Therefore, homogenous uptake in the skeleton is considered normal. Still, have a discussion with the doctor who ordered the scan as they will have a better understanding of your case.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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Present nuclear bone scan: more uptake than previously at L3L4, L5S1.Also the prev. Titanium screws for a fusion done for L4L5 displaced. What to do?

Present nuclear bone scan: more uptake than previously at L3L4, L5S1.Also the prev. Titanium screws for a fusion done for L4L5 displaced. What to do?

Go. Back to surgeon: You need to go back to the surgeon whom I shall assume ordered the test. You need to talk to him about your options

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Got my bone scan. Multifocal uptake seen in mid to distal radius and ulna? Subtle uptake in distal aspects of both bones but no bony lesions? Meaning?

Got my bone scan. Multifocal uptake seen in mid to distal radius and ulna? Subtle uptake in distal aspects of both bones but no bony lesions? Meaning?

Confused: We cannot answer this question without knowing the reason for the bone scan. Also, what type of scan was it? Without any background there are many reasons for uptake: trauma, fracture healing, tumors, cancer, arthritis...etc. What are your symptoms? Do you have pain?

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Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema, family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones.?? ideas?

Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema, family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones.?? ideas?

For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for. If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection.

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I am experiencing severe pain in knee and thigh. I have had X-rays a MRI and a bone scan. All points to an Enchrondoma size of lesion is 5.9cm by 3.2cm. Bone scan results say mild uptake in metabolically active lesion?

See specialist: Your best option is to see an ORS who is a tumor/ reconstructive surgeon. There are several centers in Canada and many in the U.S.You want a surgeon who has done this surgery before (if needed). They can also determine if this benign bone tumor is the cause of your pain and your options. Best of luck!

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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.

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What does nonarticular osteoblastic focus mean on a bone scan?

What does nonarticular osteoblastic focus mean on a bone scan?

Increased uptake: Osteoblastic is term for new bone formation usually describing radiographic appearance. Translated to bone scan this means increased uptake which can be bone repair of infection, fracture, or tumor. Bone scans are very sensitive to bone turnover but not specific. Some primary bone tumors are osteoblastic in that they form bone. Nonarticular means focus of uptake away from a joint.

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I had a bone scan today and I saw white shots, what does that mean?

I had a bone scan today and I saw white shots, what does that mean?

Depends: That is really hard to say without seeing the study. Uptake of the material indicates bone metabolism....We often see more metabolism near joints. If there is a focal area of intense metabolism (in an area that doesn't usually look that way), it could be due to trauma (fracture), infection or even tumor. These things must be assessed together with history and other lab data. And physical exam.

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What exactly does it mean when your kidneys show up on a bone scan?

What exactly does it mean when your kidneys show up on a bone scan?

See answer: Likely you had an examination with tc-99m mdp and some of this agent is normally excreted in the kidneys and will appear on the bone scan.

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