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From: Butterflyrf71
Date: 08-30-2006, 09:57 AM (1 of 8)
Hi everyone! I am almost 5 weeks post op and I am still having hip trouble. I was sent to an Orthopaedic Surgeon. My Xray was normal - today I have a bone scan.

I'm curious - Why a bone scan and not an MRI?

Anyone ever had a bone scan?

I know I get an injection, and then I need to go back 2-4 hours later for the test.
You Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm, and place their trust in you. Isaiah 26:3, AV
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From: plrlegal
Date: 08-30-2006, 11:19 AM (2 of 8)
Butterfly a bone scan will show the denisty of the bone and if there are any internal fractures occurring in the bone itself. I have a bone (Dexa) scan every year, but I've never had any kind of shot before having it done.

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From: Magot
Date: 08-30-2006, 11:33 AM (3 of 8)
Yup, I am there with Peggy, a bone scan will show if you have had any stress fractures (will be a thickening in that place) where an MRI tends to show up soft tissue damage, ligaments, tendons,cartilidge etc.

I have no idea what the injection is for - maybe it is to A) keep you happy :wink: or b) will show the blood path ? that seems daft as the next heartbeat will pulse it out - bone does have a blood supply after all though I cannot see that there is much marrow bone in your hip. Perhaps there is an impaired blood supply??? Thuis is all guesswork here - sorry
love and kisses, Jan
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From: mamahoogie
Date: 08-30-2006, 07:36 PM (4 of 8)
I've had a couple of bone scans. They first inject you with dye that shows up in the bone scan pictures. You get the shot and come back about 3 hours or so later. Painless procedure really. The scan will show your bone density and any inflamation, such as arthritis - my back was full of "hot spots" as the tech called them and my knee was the most inflammed knee the orthopedic surgeon had ever seen - great! I finally cracked a record and it had to be that one. :bg:
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
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From: Butterflyrf71
Date: 09-08-2006, 07:41 AM (5 of 8)
It was painless. Even the injection! I've had a lot of needles in my day - and this one was the the smallest of them all. I was told the injection was a nuclear radioactive material that was denser that MRI contract and thus would move into the bone and show any spots where there would be old fractures, new fractures, and other bone damage.

I returned to the hospital for my test 2 hours later for a full body scan.

They did the whole body, then did a series on my hips because that is where my biggest problem is.

I don't think they found anything - I'll find out on the 21st.

Back to work on Monday, ughhhh. I've been off for so long - I don't want to go back!
You Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm, and place their trust in you. Isaiah 26:3, AV
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From: bridesmom
Date: 09-08-2006, 11:10 PM (6 of 8)
One of our supervisors was off for 8 weeks with female surgery, now she is just back from 2 wks holidays and trying to figure out what else she can get removed so she can get more time off!! Glad to hear things went well Butterfly and hopefully the scan turns out normal as can be!
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From: MariLynntex
Date: 09-09-2006, 03:48 PM (7 of 8)
I'm pushiing 80 and I thnk I am getting some arthritis...keep waking up really feeling stiff in the a.m. If I go to the doctor can she do anything about this? Mariynntex
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From: Sancin
Date: 09-09-2006, 04:46 PM (8 of 8)
MariLyn - I have had arthritis for over 30 years and many days feel like I should be pushing 80 tho am only 65. While some say it arthritis is part of aging, it really isn't. Everyone has some joint changes but not everyone has discomfort or are even aware of it. You should go to your Dr. for a diagnosis as it could be something else. If it is osteoarthritis, what he/she will probably tell you is to take an over the counter medication and keep moving. Osteoarthritis (which sounds like you describe) is primarily self managed after diagnosis.

Good luck and enjoy every day.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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