Are hotspots on a bone scan always cancer?
Areas where too much or too little tracer has been absorbed by the body stand out on the image and are called “hot spots.” Those hot spots signal that bone damage is present, which could indicate bone cancer or bone metastases. If your bone scan does show bone damage, then your doctor might recommend further testing.
Can a bone scan tell the difference between cancer and arthritis?
Many changes that show up on a bone scan are not cancer. With arthritis, the radioactive material tends to show up on the bone surfaces of joints, not inside the bone. But it can be hard to tell the difference between arthritis and cancer — especially in the spine.
Does cancer in lymph nodes spread fast?
On the other hand, if your doctor finds the cancer cells have traveled to lymph nodes far from the initial tumor, the cancer may be spreading at a faster rate and could be in a later stage. Additionally, it’s important to know how many cancer cells have traveled to the respective lymph node.
What was your first lymphoma symptom?
The best way to find HL early is to be on the lookout for possible symptoms. The most common symptom is enlargement or swelling of one or more lymph nodes, causing a lump or bump under the skin which usually doesn’t hurt. It’s most often on the side of the neck, in the armpit, or in the groin.
What does a black spot on a bone scan mean?
Areas that absorb little or no amount of tracer appear as dark or “cold” spots. This could show a lack of blood supply to the bone or certain types of cancer. Areas of fast bone growth or repair absorb more tracer and show up as bright or “hot” spots in the pictures.
Why would a doctor order a bone scan?
Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain, a bone infection or a bone injury that can’t be seen on a standard X-ray. A bone scan can also be an important tool for detecting cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bone from the tumor’s original location, such as the breast or prostate.
How long does it take to get the results of a bone scan?
A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via the internal computer system. This process usually takes less than 24 hours.
Does a bone scan show inflammation?
Bone scan is one of the most common and oldest examinations among all nuclear medicine procedures. It is used in the evaluation of benign bone disease like infection/inflammation and also is the standard of care for evaluating metastatic disease in the breast, prostate, and lung cancer.