I have severe back pain and i had a bone scan and it was negative but im wdonering if it shows herniated slipped or anything disk releated? Im going to have an MRI but im just wondering if it would of showed up on the bonescan
A bone scan is done to:
Find bone cancer or determine whether a cancer from another area, such as the breast, lung, kidney, thyroid gland, or prostate gland, has spread (metastasized) to the bone.
Help diagnose the cause or location of unexplained bone pain, such as ongoing low back pain. 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).
Help diagnose broken bones, such as a hip fracture or a stress fracture, not clearly seen on X-ray.
Find damage to the bones caused by infection or other conditions, such as Paget's disease.
So to answer your question, the bone scan will not directly show a disc problem such as a herniation, bulge or slippage. Thus, the reason for the follow up MRI.
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