Which nuclear imaging findings are characteristic of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC)?

Updated: Mar 18, 2019
  • Author: Ali Nawaz Khan, MBBS, FRCS, FRCP, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Isotope renography is an extremely sensitive means of assessing relative renal function and obstructive uropathy before surgery. Isotope bone scanning is a useful technique in the investigation of skeletal metastases. (See the image below.) [19, 24, 25]

Left posterior view of a technetium-99m dimercapto Left posterior view of a technetium-99m dimercaptosuccinate (99mTc DMSA) scan shows a photon-deficient mass in the upper pole of the left kidney; this finding indicates a genuine mass in this region. At partial nephrectomy, transitional cell carcinoma was confirmed.

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