Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
bone scanA method in which a radioactive compound—e.g., 99mTc IDA—is administered and its distribution in the body analysed by a scintillation camera for increased or decreased uptake in bone. Uptake in the bone is usually increased in infection, fractures and malignancy.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
bone scanBone scintigraphy Nuclear medicine A method in which a radioactive compound–eg, 99mTc IDA, is administered and its distribution in the body analyzed by a scintillation camera for ↑ or ↓ uptake in bone, an indicator of infection or malignancy. Cf Skeletal survey.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
bone scan(bōn skan)
Examination of bone with a gamma camera after injection of radioactive material, to identify areas of injury, disease, or regeneration, using a gamma camera.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
An x-ray study in which patients are given an intravenous injection of a small amount of a radioactive material that travels in the blood. When it reaches the bones, it can be detected by x ray to make a picture of their internal structure.
Mentioned in: Kidney Cancer
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.