As I lay on the table and watched the big square pass slowly over my body, I shuddered at the thought of the radiation it must be emitting. It was my first bone scan, scheduled to find out if my recently diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer had spread.
“What kind of radiation is that putting into me?” I asked the technician.
She looked at me with a funny expression on her face and hesitated before finally answering, “You are sending the radiation onto it.”
Of course! I felt foolish. Two hours before I had climbed up on that table, I had received nuclear medicine and then waited for it to find its way to my bones.
That was 14 years ago, and these days I’m an old hand at bone scans.
Why might your doctor order a bone scan? You might have one as a part of the battery of tests when you are diagnosed with breast cancer to make sure that is has not already spread to your bones. Thi...
Bone graft material is used whenever there's a need for extra bone to support a fracture site or defect in the bone. It's easily available (taken from the patient's pelvic bone) and inexpensive. And it is bone inductive (fosters bone growth) to provide structural support to the damaged area. The downside is that the graft site can be painful for a very long time. In some cases, infection can delay recovery. Patients often report difficulty walking due to the pain. And the combination of pain and impaired walking result in loss of function. To help patients avoid the major and minor complications of bone graft, scientists are exploring the use of bone substitutes. One of those bone substitutes ( alpha-BSM ) is the subject of this study. Patients with an acute fracture of the tibial plateau were the subject of this multicenter study. Twelve study sites from around the North American continent were involved. The tibial plateau is the flat top of the upper portion of the tibia (lower leg bone...
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