Posted on: Jan 7, 2009 02:05PM
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Jan 7, 2009 03:03PM KellyC wrote:
My first bone scan showed nothing........about a month later, tumor markers went up, he sent me for a CT scan.......bone mets for sure. Still don't know why that happened with the bone scan the first time.
Jan 7, 2009 03:48PM saint wrote:
Full body bone scans are "gross" tests unless they scan a specific area for detail like a femur that has had symptoms. Bone scan is often the first test when bone mets are suspected, but I have heard of X-rays, CT, PET or MRI to dx bone mets......mine were found on bone scan, but mine were extensive.
Jan 7, 2009 06:24PM sdg605 wrote:
For me, tumor markers followed by bone scan followed by MRI. PET/CT's now to check how the bone mets are responding to treatment (my onc is very methodolical). Kelly, when the tumor markers went up for me, he didn't know if anything would show on a scan. He said that markers (if they work for you) usually proceed symptoms by a few months and also things might be too small to register on a scan at that point. I like that - no symptoms and too small to register on a scan.
Jan 8, 2009 01:35PM LuAnnH wrote:
mine were seen with an xray because the tumor was so large on my sternum, then a CT was able to show how large the tumor was, then a full body bone scan was done to determine if there was any other mets throughout the bones.
Jan 8, 2009 08:28PM , edited Jan 8, 2009 08:30PM by vhqh
I "passed" a CT and Bone scan with no mets identified, PET picked up on a femur met that was confirmed with MRI. MRI showed severe bone thinning that was later proven false by an xray. Now, a year later, the femur met is healing and lights up brightly on the bone scan, latest PET did not pick up on it.
Jan 8, 2009 11:42PM curlieqs wrote:
Bone scan lied to me initially, then the second bone scan showed mets all over. I had then a CT and MRI to rule out spinal cord compression, but it showed mets too........