A bone scan may be done first to help determine the location of an abnormal bone in complex bone structures such as the foot or spine. Follow-up evaluation then may be done with a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Since you have already had the CT scan, it doesn't seem like the bone scan would be help unless there is cause to believe that bones outside the area of the CT scan may contain malignancies. In any case, the only likely way to conclusively determine if it is malignant or not is via a biopsy.
Liver Cancer Questions
Asked by Kenspeach on Saturday, March 23, 2013
If the CT scan shows area of suspected malignancy in the T-Spine, will it help to get a bone scan? Am not eligible for a transplant if it is in the bone, but can get one if not.
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Hello, I am an oncology nurse and I will attempt an answer to your question. The T-spine is the thoracic spine and that would generally be the length of spine that supports your ribs. A bone scan might prove useful to you in determining whether it is a malignancy. During a bone scan, a radioactive tracer that collects in the bone is introduced into the bloodstream. As the scan is performed, healthy bone appears grey on film images. Cancerous or unhealthy bone tissue would be darker. So in short, it would help to narrow the suspected spot on the film. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.
I don't know the answer to your question. I do know that I get bone scans 2-3 times a year in addition to my Chest CT and abdominal MRI w/contrast (I get these every 2-3 months). I know that a CT scan picked up the lesions on my liver and I was then sent for an MRI for more detail in July 2009 when my stage IV kidney cancer was diagnosed. Your doctor may send you for an MRI or may go streight for a biopsy as nancjac suggested.
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