Why It Is Done
bone scan is done to:
- Find bone cancer or determine whether cancer
from another area, such as the breast, lung, kidney,
thyroid gland, or
prostate gland, has spread (metastasized) to the bone.
See a picture of a
bone scan showing the spread of cancer .
- Help diagnose the cause or location of unexplained bone pain,
such as ongoing low back pain. A bone scan may be done first to help determine
the location of an abnormal bone in complex bone structures such as the foot or
spine. Follow-up evaluation then may be done with a
computed tomography (CT) scan or
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
diagnose broken bones, such as a hip fracture or a
stress fracture, not clearly seen on
- Find damage to the bones caused by infection or other
conditions, such as
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Myo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine
October 1, 2012
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