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    Bone Scan of the Spread of Prostate Cancer

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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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerMyo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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