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Could a deformed spine (scoliosis) mess up a bone scan which is looking for possible cancer?
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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
6 doctors agree
In brief: Shouldn't
Bone scans pick up increased metabolic activity, and are not affected by structural abnormalities such as scoliosis.

In brief: Shouldn't
Bone scans pick up increased metabolic activity, and are not affected by structural abnormalities such as scoliosis.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Dr. Keith Baldwin
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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Bone scans simply detect increased bone metabolism; they are not specific for cancer.
If scoliosis is progressing and there is more activity in the vertebrae, it could be a false positive. If the activity is away from the spine, cancer is more likely.

In brief: Maybe
Bone scans simply detect increased bone metabolism; they are not specific for cancer.
If scoliosis is progressing and there is more activity in the vertebrae, it could be a false positive. If the activity is away from the spine, cancer is more likely.
Dr. Jesse Mills
Dr. Jesse Mills
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Scoliosis is common and usually will not affect the interpretation of the bone scan.
A pet/ct bone scan can help eliminate benign bony abnormalities from bone cancer due to hybrid imaging of anatomy and metabolism.

In brief: Maybe
Scoliosis is common and usually will not affect the interpretation of the bone scan.
A pet/ct bone scan can help eliminate benign bony abnormalities from bone cancer due to hybrid imaging of anatomy and metabolism.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: No
If concerned get a spect scan 3d picture better bone scan.

In brief: No
If concerned get a spect scan 3d picture better bone scan.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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