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Posted by: Mara | 2010/08/16

Bone Scan

My mother is 67 with breast cancer, must go for a bone scan. How do they do the scan and what are they looking at? The note on the docters form " staging for metastase????" 

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Hi Mara
The oncologist is sending her for a radio-isotope bone scan- they inject her with contrast (iodine-based), wait an hour or two and then put her in a machine where the isotope's uptake in the bones are measured. The reason for this is that they are looking for bone metastases - this is when the cancer spreads from the breast to the bone. If it is present, they determine what type of therapy to give her.

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Posted by: Healthy Bones | 2010/08/17

Hi Mara
The oncologist is sending her for a radio-isotope bone scan- they inject her with contrast (iodine-based), wait an hour or two and then put her in a machine where the isotope's uptake in the bones are measured. The reason for this is that they are looking for bone metastases - this is when the cancer spreads from the breast to the bone. If it is present, they determine what type of therapy to give her.

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