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What Does Uptake Mean On A Bone Scan
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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
Bone scan "increased uptake bilateral SI joints, left greater than right likely due to stresses" Can this mean stress fractures??
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
On a recent full body bone scan, there was minimal uptake on the posterior lateral left 7th rib. I have pain in the rib. What to do?
Xray/exam: Get a regular x-ray of the ribs and a physical exam. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Bone scan normal except tracer uptake hot spots in both big toes. No pain here, labs neg for osteo + RA. Don't exercise, what else could explain this?
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?
Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema, family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones.?? ideas?
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. ...Read more
Hip revision 5 years ago Fell on hip had bone scan 4 mm lucency around proximal stem, distally only nominal increased uptake Thigh pain revision again?
Uncertain: You need in an evaluation to be certain if it is necessary ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Normal: It means there are no abnormalities. That is good news. All the best. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
It means: There is an area of increased metabolic bone activity in that rib. Unfortunately, it is a very non specific finding and could be due to a variety of traumatic, inflammatory, or neoplastic processes. Talk to your doc about the significance in your case. ...Read more
Will a bone scan light up an area where an bone tumor was removed years before or does it mean the tumor has possibly returned?
It depends.: Depends on the pattern and morphology of where the bone scan is hot. If it lights up in a focal fashion, it would be at least possible that a tumor could have returned, or a second new tumor could have formed. Alternatively, if the bone scan lights up along the margin of surgical resection, it could simply represent normal bone healing that is expected after an orthopedic procedure. ...Read more
Decreased uptake: This means there's a spot with less uptake of the radioactive marker, which usually means less blood flow. Usually bone scans are used to look for areas of increased uptake or blood flow, as would be seen with a tumor or infection. Decreased uptake is usually not of concern, but your doctor can order other imaging studies of the area if needed. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Dear Dr, my sister just had bone scan and report saya" scintigraphic evidence of widespread osteoblastic metastases" pls what does that mean? She has
Hi, I had a question. I recently had a whole body Nuclear Medicine bone scan done and the report says "Unremarkable tracer localization is seen in the osseous structures, what does this mean?
Bone scan: The fact that the interpreting md. Stated it appears unremarkable is an indication that your scan is normal. The description about the distribution is the regular venacular describing the normal uptake by the bone (osseous means our bony skeleton) of the material that has been injected. ...Read more
Unable to answer: T1 images will show water, air, and cortical bone as dark. T2 images will show air, cortical bone, and other hydrophobic substances as dark. So depends on image acquisition and anatomy. ...Read more
Bone scan-There is a round area of slight increased blood pool activity below the heart measuring approximately 77 by 56mm. What does it mean?
Need more informatio: Tell us your history, diagnosis and why you had the bone scan done in the first place? . Without this info, we are not able to help you or explain what the bone scan report means. Basically Bone scan is test to check the health of the bones. Your report says nothing about the bones. So I assume your bone scan is normal. But what else is going on, needs more information. ...Read more
What does "slight" mean on the result from my bone scan? Slight increase in prominence in left eighth rib and right iliac osseous metastases.
Is a COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE description....
and means absolutely nothing (to me)
My opinion only!
Dr Z ...Read more
I have a known bone tumor it was found in a MRI. .. I had a bone scan done and the tumor showed up HOT. .. does that mean it's malignant? Would a. Benign tumor ever show up hot in bone scan. .. everything I read online says benign would show up cold
Possibly: A bone scan is a very sensitive test but it is not very specific. It will simply "light up" anywhere there is increased bone activity. Fractures, infection, cancers, and benign bone processes can light up on a bone scan. Osteoid Osteoma and Paget's disease are just two examples of benign processes that can light up on a bone scan. Discuss with your doctor, if any question, may need biopsy. ...Read more
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