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Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.

Bone Scan

A bone scan is a test which looks for increased or decreased activity in your bone.

The causes of decreased bone activity include:

  • lack of blood supply to the bone
  • certain types of cancer

The causes of increased bone activity include:

  • infection
  • certain types of cancer
  • fracture
  • arthritis

During a bone scan, a radioactive substance is injected into a vein in your arm. This substance travels through your bloodstream and into your bones.

A picture is then taken of your bones. Areas that absorb little or no amount of tracer appear as dark or "cold" spots, and signify decreased bone activity.

 

6 November, 2012