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Can a bone scan miss a fracture?
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Sometimes
Most fractures can be identified on bone scan 24-48 hrs after incident.
If patient is very demineralized the fracture may not be identified unless images are performed beyond 3 hours after injection. In a child if fractue is adjacent to very active growth plate, the fracture may not be appreciated.Fractures in the skull are not usually seen. If fracture is 5 ot 6 months old fracture may be healed.

In brief: Sometimes
Most fractures can be identified on bone scan 24-48 hrs after incident.
If patient is very demineralized the fracture may not be identified unless images are performed beyond 3 hours after injection. In a child if fractue is adjacent to very active growth plate, the fracture may not be appreciated.Fractures in the skull are not usually seen. If fracture is 5 ot 6 months old fracture may be healed.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bone scan
A recent fracture is identified on all bone scans.
The activity on the bone scan may last up to 6 months - 1 year.

In brief: Bone scan
A recent fracture is identified on all bone scans.
The activity on the bone scan may last up to 6 months - 1 year.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
No test is 100% sensitive.
The bone scan is very sensitive, but certainly can miss small fractures or be misinterpreted as representing degenerative disease when in fact a fracture is present.

In brief: Yes
No test is 100% sensitive.
The bone scan is very sensitive, but certainly can miss small fractures or be misinterpreted as representing degenerative disease when in fact a fracture is present.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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