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Doctor insights on: What Is Degenerative Uptake On A Scan

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If I had rai uptake scan done 6 months ago, should I have another one done if my symptoms still persist?

If I had rai uptake scan done 6 months ago, should I have another one done if my symptoms still persist?

Depends: Usually radioiodine uptake and scan are performed for hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Medications are usually prescribed for these diseaes. Radioiodine therapy is sometimes used for hyperthyroidism. Unless your physician feels because of therapy issues or change in symptoms, the test is not usually repeated on regular basis. If following thyroid cancer, that scan is done for surveillance. ...Read more

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I have to go off of my hypothyroid medication for over a month to prepare for my scan and uptake. What kind of symptoms can I expect from being off?

I have to go off of my hypothyroid medication for over a month to prepare for my scan and uptake.  What kind of symptoms can I expect from being off?

Hypothyroid symptoms: Common symptoms of low thyroid = hypothyroidism are: fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, weight gain. It can easily be diagnosed from the blood test checking T4 level as well as TSH level. Consult your doctor for your symptoms and have he/she check the thyroid level for you ...Read more

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Infant with bilateral upj. Severe in left, mild in right. 15/85 function per mag3 scan. Right function now affected (uptake, excretion). Surgery likely for left. How to handle right? Worrisome?

Infant with bilateral upj.  Severe in left, mild in right.  15/85 function per mag3 scan.  Right function now affected (uptake, excretion). Surgery likely for left.  How to handle right? Worrisome?

Sounds good hands: I think anytime your baby is going to have surgery it's normal to be concern. Sounds like your in good hands and they will be monitoring the right kidney. ...Read more

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Does a 123 uptake and scan check for cancer?

Does a 123 uptake and scan check for cancer?

Depends: It can be done to assess the functional status of a thyroid nodule and also look for inflammatory diseases in the thyroid. With the known diagnosis of thyroid cancer it can be used to eval the whole body, before and after treatments. ...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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Why do some mets on a pet scan have a higher SUV uptake than others? Is an uptake of 5.2 high?

Why do some mets on a pet scan have a higher SUV uptake than others? Is an uptake of 5.2 high?

Std Uptake Value: Or SUV is a measure of the tumor's metabolic activity. The higher the SUV the more metabolically active the tumor. Metabolic activity often equates with rate of cell division and growth. An SUV of 5.2 is quite high. Values above 2.5 generally are highly suggestive of malignancy. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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1st lab- hyper, second blood lab- hypo with hyper results on uptake and scan. What could be causing this?

1st lab- hyper, second blood lab- hypo with hyper results on uptake and scan. What could be causing this?

It does not make: Sense. Suspect laboratory error for the second TSH but there patients with subacute thyroiditis who show unusual test patterns. Uptake is ususwally very low, though. Your doctor will go by symptoms ...Read more

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My endo says that I have hyper due to my palpitations & uptake scan but almost all of my symptoms are hypo. Can I be both?

My endo says that I have hyper due to my palpitations & uptake scan but almost all of my symptoms are hypo.  Can I be both?

Thyroid?: I presume thyroid is what you refer to. It would be highly unusual for an endocrinologist to not be able to distinguish between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid. ...Read more

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How much does it cost for a thyroid uptake scan?

How much does it cost for a thyroid uptake scan?

Check with insurance: With so many insurance plans and variability, the cost ranges considerably. Call your insurance carrier to see. If out-of-pocket, $1000 is a good average cost to start with. ...Read more

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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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Going in for a radioactive iodine uptake scan. How is this administered?

Going in for a radioactive iodine uptake scan. How is this administered?

Usually capsule: Usually liquid in capsule and is ingested by patient with liquid drink. Sometimes some patients can not swallow pills and can be administered in these rare cases, if facility is informed in advance, in liquid form. ...Read more

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Will an uptake scan tell me if I have graves' disease?

Will an uptake scan tell me if I have graves' disease?

Confirms diagnosis: In combination with blood work for free T4 and TSH thyroid uptake and scan confirm diagnosis of Graves disease. Scan shows size and configuration of gland. Localized problem versus diffuse abnormality. ...Read more

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Why do some cancers have a high uptake on pet scan and some low?

Why do some cancers have a high uptake on pet scan and some low?

Uptake on PET: The uptake of 18F-FDG by tissues is a marker for the tissue uptake of glucose, which in turn is closely correlated with certain types of tissue metabolism. Tumors in general are more metabolically active than normal tissues and this difference in uptake is what makes PET scans possible. Tumors that have a higher metabolic rate will have more FDG uptake. Tumors that are less active havel less. ...Read more

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How soon after a thyroid scan should you wait before an uptake scan?

How soon after a thyroid scan should you wait before an uptake scan?

One after the other: The exact scanning time after taking the capsule varies according to the isotope and protocol used. For i-123 and low i-131 the uptake and the scan is usually done at 24 hours. A thyroid probe directed to your neck measures the radioiodine uptake, this is follow by a gamma camera scan which makes an image of your thyroid gland based on the radioiodine distribution. ...Read more

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What's a good way to affect thyroid results for radioactive scan/uptake?

What's a good way to affect thyroid results for radioactive scan/uptake?

Some Meds, Iodine: Please follow the rules provided by the nuclear medicine/radiology department or imaging center exactly! It is very important. Ask them any?'s you have.

External sources of iodine in the diet can affect the test — for example, seaweed with sushi. Thyroid hormone and antithyroid medications can also affect the results.

You want an accurate test, not one confused by these outside influences. ...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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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 do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. Bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake" mean?

What do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. Bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake" mean?

OSTEOARTHRITIS: "DEGENERATIVE" arthritis (Wear and Tear) of the spine is most likely the reason for these x-ray findings!~

There is treatment
Consult with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I disagree on some responses I got back regarding hyperthyroidism. I have a rare form of hyper. I have symptoms only uptake scan showed it.

I disagree on some responses I got back regarding hyperthyroidism. I have a rare form of hyper.  I have symptoms only uptake scan showed it.

Using Healthtap: Thus site is for advice. It should never replace actual healthcare or a relationship with your doctor. For your condition the only advice that matters is from the physician assisting you in person! ...Read more

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What cause bilateral sij and r pelvic pain? Scan showed increased uptake r more than left? I have no stifness and exercise, sitting make pain worse.

What cause bilateral sij and r pelvic pain? Scan showed increased uptake r more than left? I have no stifness and exercise, sitting make pain worse.

Muscle and fascia: Si joint and pelvic pain can be caused by thigh, pelvic, gluteal, and abdominal muscles and fascia. Perhaps find someone who can examine you who is expert with myofascial pain or pelvic pain. Uptake is just as likely to show stress from muscle and fascia as inflammation. ...Read more

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What does this mean.... Abnormal appearance of the liver with somewhat heterogeneous uptake 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 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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How many days does a thyroid uptake scan take?

Depends on agent: If using radioiodine, typically the tracer is given on day 1, then an uptake obtained at 4 and 24 hours later. If using pertechnetate, the uptake is done on the same day, and the scan and uptake together take about an hour or so. ...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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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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I am on levothyroxin 88mcg. But dr wants me to do the uptake scan, is this just for hyper or also hypo? Was told my T4 was high from last weeks blood

I am on levothyroxin 88mcg. But dr wants me to do the uptake scan, is this just for hyper or also hypo? Was told my T4 was high from last weeks blood

Thyroid scan: I use it for hyperthyroidism diagnosis. Not sure the rationale for this test in your case. If you are on thyroid supplement and your T4 is high, I would lower it and recheck in 6 weeks. If normal, I'd not do the scan. I cannot comment on your doc's decision since I don't know the full story. ...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