The results of a bone scan are usually available
within 2 days.
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The radioactive tracer is
evenly spread among the bones. No areas of too much or too little tracer
The tracer has accumulated in
certain areas of the bone, indicating one or more "hot" spots. Hot spots may be
caused by a fracture that is healing, bone cancer, a bone infection (osteomyelitis),
arthritis, or a disease of abnormal bone
metabolism (such as
Certain areas of the bone lack the presence of tracer, indicating one or more "cold" spots. Cold spots
may be caused by a certain type of cancer (such as
multiple myeloma) or lack of blood supply to the bone
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Myo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine
October 1, 2012
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