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    Bone Scan of the Spread of Prostate Cancer

    Bone Scan of the Spread of Prostate Cancer

    Image of a bone scan showing prostate cancer

    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 Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Myo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine

    Current as ofFebruary 19, 2016

    Current as of: February 19, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Myo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine

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