Bone Scans

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Bone Scans

Postby mathsparks » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:22 pm

Anyone knows of cases where a full body bone scan showing widespread metastases turn out to be false alarm. While I know that raised tumour marker leveles need not mean cancer, but what about bone scans...Are mistakes possible with such scans?
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Postby mathsparks » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:40 pm

Yep, thank god indeed for the false alarm. hv sent you a pm. :thankyou: insider.

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Postby mathsparks » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:10 pm

have edited the title of my topic. I was refering to whether its possible for bone scans to be wrong...can osteoporosis or other bone diseases be mistaken for bone cancer.

anyone knows?? :pray:

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Postby peterch » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:37 pm

mathsparks wrote:have edited the title of my topic. I was refering to whether its possible for bone scans to be wrong...can osteoporosis or other bone diseases be mistaken for bone cancer.

anyone knows?? :pray:


To my experience while taking care my mother in law years ago, bone scan for cancer is the final examination for how much of cancer metastases had spread. BUT the scan had to use a kind nuclear substance and in my country, only qualified army doctor and army hospital could do this kind of scanning. I do not very sure about it in Singapore :?

It's different with MRI as she'd gone through MRI as well. Hope this help :D

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Postby mathsparks » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:35 pm

peterch wrote:
mathsparks wrote:have edited the title of my topic. I was refering to whether its possible for bone scans to be wrong...can osteoporosis or other bone diseases be mistaken for bone cancer.

anyone knows?? :pray:


To my experience while taking care my mother in law years ago, bone scan for cancer is the final examination for how much of cancer metastases had spread. BUT the scan had to use a kind nuclear substance and in my country, only qualified army doctor and army hospital could do this kind of scanning. I do not very sure about it in Singapore :?

It's different with MRI as she'd gone through MRI as well. Hope this help :D

She'd done a bone scan after doc injected some tracer chemical (not sure if this is the radioactive substance), next up is ct scan and bone biopsy, if needed.

so if a bone scan report says widespread metastases, can it be wrong?

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