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Metastatic spine cancer

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my husband was recently diagnosed with metastatic spine cancer which was confirmed by PET scan and MRI. However, a bone scan which was done afterward shows 'no activity' in the area. What does this mean?

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replied June 27th, 2009
Bone Cancer Answer A6865
While bone scans will generally reveal metastatic tumors within the skeleton, they are, as will all imaging tests, not perfect. Tumors (and, especially, small tumors) can, indeed, be missed by CT, MRI, PET and bone scans. Ultimately, the only 100% accurate test for metastatic cancer is a biopsy.

I wish you and your husband well, and hope that his doctors will be able to treat his disease effectively.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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