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If you have unexplained bone pain, a bone scan might help determine the cause. The test is very sensitive to variation in bone metabolism. The ability to scan the entire skeleton makes a bone scan very helpful in diagnosing a wide range of bone disorders, including:

  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Paget's disease of bone
  • Cancer originating in bone
  • Cancer that has metastasized to bone from a different site
  • Infection of the joints, joint replacements or bones (osteomyelitis)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Impaired blood supply to bones or death of bone tissue (avascular necrosis)
Dec. 12, 2014