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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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What does strong uptake on a bone scan mean?

Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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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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Dr. Tom Heston
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What does radiopharmaceutical uptake from a bone scan mean in layman's terms?

Dr. Tom Heston
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. William Lages
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Increased uptake on bone scan on left humerus, I suffer from psoriatic arthritis as well as ankylosing spondilitis. what does this mean?

Dr. William Lages
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In joint or not: If this is in either end of the humerus near or in the joint it could be due to your psoriatic spondyloarthropathy. If in the shaft and there is no injury it requires further investigation. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Druy
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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?

Dr. Edward Druy
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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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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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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

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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

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

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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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Dr. Philip Miller
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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Dr. Alexios Apazidis
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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?

Dr. Alexios Apazidis
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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?

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? ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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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?

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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?

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. ...Read more

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