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Is a bone scan useful to diagnose childhood leukemia?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Diagnose will be made by getting specific blood work and ultimately a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy.
Bone scan will not be useful to diagnose leukemia.

In brief: No

Diagnose will be made by getting specific blood work and ultimately a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy.
Bone scan will not be useful to diagnose leukemia.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Sometimes bone scan will show a focus of leukemia when patient is being worked up for joint or bone pain. This would then have to be correlated with blood work and other imaging. Marrow biopsy certainly ultimately makes the diagnosis.
Dr. David Djang
Nuclear Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Typically not.

A bone scan will rarely show an abnormality related to leukemia, but it is not considered accurate for making a diagnosis.

In brief: Typically not.

A bone scan will rarely show an abnormality related to leukemia, but it is not considered accurate for making a diagnosis.
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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bone Marrow Biopsy

Excellent question.
I understand why you ask. Bone scan is a test to look at conditions that affect the hard outer part of the bones. The bone marrow, the inner middle soft part of the bone is where white and red blood cells along with platelets are made. These are the cells that are affected by leukemia. Therefore, a bone marrow biopsy has to penetrate the bone to reach the marrow for sampling.

In brief: Bone Marrow Biopsy

Excellent question.
I understand why you ask. Bone scan is a test to look at conditions that affect the hard outer part of the bones. The bone marrow, the inner middle soft part of the bone is where white and red blood cells along with platelets are made. These are the cells that are affected by leukemia. Therefore, a bone marrow biopsy has to penetrate the bone to reach the marrow for sampling.
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