What is the role of bone scanning in the diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Bone scans may be helpful in the early diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the hand. [9] Bone scans in osteoarthritis typically yield a symmetrically patterned, very mildly increased uptake. In contrast, bone scans are often negative in the early stages of multiple myeloma, a cause of bone pain in older adults that can be confused with osteoarthritis. Bone scans also can help to differentiate osteoarthritis from osteomyelitis and bone metastases.

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