Bone scans measure metabolic activity in bone and provide diagnostic and management information for patients with cancer, sports injuries, and suspected infection. Our department performs over 2,000 studies annually. Patient preparation requires only adequate hydration. A small amount of a radiotracer is injected through an intravenous catheter and pictures of the whole body are then taken about 3 hours later. We use our 3 SPECT/CT systems to define the abnormal metabolic activity using SPECT and give a precise anatomic location using the CT. This has been found to be useful in foot infections, joint replacements, spinal abnormalities and bone tumors.
We offer the following bone scanning procedures:
- Oncology: Whole body bone scans for primary diagnosis and follow up of known metastasis and response to treatment.
- 3-Phase Bone scans for identification of local and regional pathology such as trauma and infection. This technique helps to differentiate between local hyperemia due to soft tissue infection from osteomyelitis.
- Orthopedics: Prosthetic joint complications such as loosening and/or infection using our hybrid SPECT/CT scanners we are able to differentiate, characterize and localize the nature of the problem.
- Sports medicine: Identify and characterize athletic and sports injuries such as stress fractures and shin splints.
- Physical Medicine and Rehab: Essential evaluation for pain due to reflex sympathetic dystrophy, also known as complex regional pain syndrome.
- Podiatry: Special protocols for evaluation of suspected or recurrent foot infections combining bone scan and white blood cell scan with the use of SPECT/CT for precise localization.
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