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I just had a thyroid uptake scan. 13.8% what does this mean?

I just had a thyroid uptake scan. 13.8% what does this mean?

MAY BE NORMAL: Normal range of thyroid uptake varies from lab to lab and geographic region to region. For those labs who accepts 10% to 30% as normal range, the 13.8% may be considered normal but lower range of normal. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does abnormal uptake on a thyroid nuclear scan mean?

What does abnormal uptake on a thyroid nuclear scan mean?

Several things: The result of a thyroid uptake test could be abnormally increased or decreased. In the usa, the normal thyroid uptake range is approximately 10-30% at 24 hours. An increased result may be due to various reasons including: grave's disease, multinodular toxic goiter or hashitoxicosis. A decreased uptake could be due to subacute thyroiditis, iodine or amiodarone induced thyrotoxicosis among others. ...Read more

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On a pet scan does a lower SUV uptake meAn less aggressive cancer ? The SUV uptake was 5.2,

On a pet scan does a lower SUV uptake meAn less aggressive cancer ? The SUV uptake was 5.2,

No: SUV has no bearing on the aggressiveness of the cancer. It is a relative measure of the glucose metabolism. In fact, some very aggressive tumors have no FDG uptake at all. Some benign conditions like infection can have high uptake. The standard uptake value depends on many factors like patient body size and serum glucose level and the normal uptake in the tissue surrounding the target lesion. ...Read more

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What does this mean on my bine scan mild uptake in right first metatarsal head is likely secondary ti traumatic or degenerative changes?

What does this mean on my bine scan mild uptake in right first metatarsal head is likely secondary ti traumatic or degenerative changes?

Nonspecific: A bone scan finds areas where the bone is turning over faster, usually repairing an area.
The base of the big toe can be an area of arthritis or trauma. Another possibility would be low grade gout or perhaps other arthritis.
Correlation with clinical history is needed. If the area doesn't bother you, the finding may not be important. ...Read more

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What does this mean.... Abnormal appearance of the liver with somewhat heterogeneous uptake and and mild to moderate cholestasis, it's part of scan r?

What does this mean.... Abnormal appearance of the liver with somewhat heterogeneous uptake and  and mild to moderate cholestasis, it's part of scan r?

It is abnormal: This sounds like a liver spleen scan. Heterogeneous uptake is an indication of an abnormal liver but is not specific. Did you have any other tests? These would be helpful in identifying a specific disease. You should consult your doctor as to what it means. ...Read more

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PET scan said: On FDG images, there is diffuse FDG uptake throughout the left ventricle wall including the septum. What does that mean?

PET scan said: 
On FDG images, there is diffuse FDG uptake throughout the left ventricle wall including the septum. 
What does that mean?

Need more informatio: You need to give us your medical history and explain the reason for doing a PET scan? Did you have chest pain or suspicion of heart disease?. What did your doctor tell you about the meaning of your PET scan report? FDG uptake is normal for the heart....lack of it might indicate a scar or damage to the heart muscle...but you do not seem to have that problem. ...Read more

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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. ...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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PET scan said for sarcoidosis: On FDG images, there is diffuse FDG uptake throughout the left ventricle wall including the septum. What does that mean?

PET scan said for sarcoidosis: On FDG images, there is diffuse FDG uptake throughout the left ventricle wall including the septum. What does that mean?

Ask your doc...: FDG-enhanced PET/CT is to show the unusual increase or decrease in glucose metabolism at certain areas of the body especially inside a mass - before or after drug treatment. Based on the features and distribution of FDG imaging enhancement as defined from experience, a diagnosis can be drawn; of course, biopsy is ultimate means for confirmation. So, ask doc - treating or radiologist timely. ...Read more

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What can this mean... Indeterminate uptake in the medistinial/ hilar nodes in a colon cancer pt ? This was noted from a pet scan . Can it mean mets ?

What can this mean... Indeterminate uptake in the medistinial/ hilar nodes in a colon cancer pt ? This was noted from a pet scan . Can it mean mets ?

Indeterminate: Metastatic cancer causes increased metabolic activity in lymph nodes. Inflammation and othe conditions can also do that, but not as much. Indeterminate uptake means that the uptake is more than normal, but not so high as to make cancer virtually certain. The uptake is in the range where it could be cancer, but is more likely non-cancer. Hence, indeterminate. ...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?

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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 it mean from a bone scan saying a normal pattern of slightly increased tracer uptake is noted in the articular areas and the sternum?

What does it mean from a bone scan saying a normal pattern of slightly increased tracer uptake is noted in the articular areas and the sternum?

Sounds like: they are describing the joints joining you ribs with your breast bone (stenum) Since there is constant motion in these joints the bone scan is probably showing that.
Hope this is helpful!

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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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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