What is the role of bone scanning in the workup of lumbosacral facet syndrome?

Updated: Nov 19, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Bone scanning can be helpful when a tumor, infection, or fracture (occult or traumatic) is suggested.

Bone scanning is not usually indicated in the initial workup, and the results are normal in persons with lumbosacral facet joint syndrome.

Bone scan findings have not been found to correlate with Z-joint–mediated pain.


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