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Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.
A bone scan is a test that uses a radioactive tracer to look at the bones of the body. Areas that absorb little or no amount of tracer appear as dark or "cold" spots. Areas of fast bone growth or repair absorb more tracer and show up as bright or "hot" spots in the pictures.
Figure 1 shows a normal whole-body scan. Figure 2 shows cancer of the prostate that has spread to the spine.
Current as ofMarch 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineMyo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine
Current as of:
March 28, 2019
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Myo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine
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