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whats the difference
« on: November 10, 2006, 01:39:05 AM »
Is there a difference between a CT scan and a bone scan?

If so what is better for diag and not causing any pain, or helpful info!


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Re: whats the difference
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2006, 03:03:27 AM »
the way my doc explained it was a bone scan shows you where, the CT scan shows what.
thats to say the bone scan simply shows where your body is reproducing bone. helpful with stress fractures. i had one to show WHERE to get the CT scan of my back

a bone scan will probably not diagnose you, but I suppose it could in the case of stress fractures. instead, it will tell your dr where to do the CT (mine didn't want to CT my whole lumbar spine)

the CT scan gives more of a 3D view of your bones. for example, after my friend broke her neck, they did CTs every month or so to see if the vertebrae was still tilted.

neither one is in the least bit painful.
16 years old

8-03 unhappy triad LK, undiagnosed by an idiot of an OS so now i wear a donjoy
PFS for the lasat 7 years or so
10-06 Cortizone shot LK
11-06 Scope for torn meniscus RK
3-07 right ankle recon


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Re: whats the difference
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2006, 12:29:37 PM »
Excellant info, thanks!

John M.