A Jupiter Bone Scan or bone scintigraphy, allows us to see an image of the bone using a nuclear imaging scan. A scan like this helps doctors diagnose various ailments, such as an infection, cancer or metastasis. Unfortunately, traditional x-ray machines are not able to detect the location of the inflammation or fracture, as well as a Jupiter bone scan does. To clarify what occurs during this type of bone scan, anywhere up to 740 MBq of technetium-99m-MDPn gets injected into the patient's arm, hand or foot. A gamma camera then scans the planar anterior, posterior, and makes SPECT images (single photon emission computed tomography). SPECT imaging is usually favored over planar scintigraphy for looking at the smaller lesions.
The Jupiter Bone Scan is the best method for discovering cancers that tend to grow on the breast, uterine, kidney, lung, breast, thyroid or bladder. This kind of scan is best for finding out if any of the cancer has reached the bones. A PET scan helps to find cancer cells present in the bone as well, but the Jupiter Scan is normally more responsive. The Jupiter Scan is simple to use, if you are fully aware of the existing cancer, since it involves a routine checkup to make sure the cancer is not spreading to the bones. The Jupiter Scan also helps locate arthritis present in the spine, joints or bones, that are not seen on a traditional x-ray or MRI. Early detection is always important.
A Jupiter Bone Scan is used for many reasons including:
American Board of Radiology-Diagnostic Radiology
American Board of Nuclear Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Radiology
Society of Interventional Radiology
Society of Skeletal Radiology.
Nuclear Medicine, Mt.Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach
Diagnostic Radiology, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami.
Internal Medicine, United States Public Health Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University, N. Chicago, IL.