What is the role of 99m Tc bone scanning in the management of sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Technetium-99m (99m Tc) bone scanning can be used to detect early stages of osteonecrosis, and it is not as costly as MRI. Tc-99m bone-marrow scans demonstrate areas of decreased activity in marrow infarction. [49]


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