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Is a radioisotope bone scan more detailed then an iodine bone scan?

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Dr. William Nyman
Radiology
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In brief: No iodine bone scan

Nuclear medicine bone scans are performed using a radionuclide called tc 99m mdp.
It is a radioactive particle tagged to a molecule involved in bone metabolism. Common exam, around for decades. There is now a new scan using a pet/ct scanner and an isotope sodium flouride. It is sensitive and more accruate but also more expensive and less available.

In brief: No iodine bone scan

Nuclear medicine bone scans are performed using a radionuclide called tc 99m mdp.
It is a radioactive particle tagged to a molecule involved in bone metabolism. Common exam, around for decades. There is now a new scan using a pet/ct scanner and an isotope sodium flouride. It is sensitive and more accruate but also more expensive and less available.
Dr. William Nyman
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Dr. Raymond Taillefer
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: These are different

A radionuclide bone scan is performed with 99mtc-mdp and is used to detect bone infection, trauma, metastases, inflammation etc.
Radioactive iodine will not detect bone disease unless there are bone metastases from a primary cancer of the thyroid gland. Bone scan is very sensitive for detection of various disease while whole-body iodine scan is very useful to detect metastases from thyroid cancer.

In brief: These are different

A radionuclide bone scan is performed with 99mtc-mdp and is used to detect bone infection, trauma, metastases, inflammation etc.
Radioactive iodine will not detect bone disease unless there are bone metastases from a primary cancer of the thyroid gland. Bone scan is very sensitive for detection of various disease while whole-body iodine scan is very useful to detect metastases from thyroid cancer.
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