What is the role of bone scanning in the workup of multiple myeloma (MM)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Dhaval Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Do not use bone scans to evaluate MM. Cytokines secreted by MM cells suppress osteoblast activity; therefore, typically, no increased uptake is observed. On technetium bone scanning, more than 50% of lesions can be missed.


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