Scintigraphy of the shoulder

Scintigramm shoulder tumor

Scintigraphy of a shoulder tumor at the right humerus ( white arrow ).


Occassionally a scinitigraphy of the shoulder is necessary for further diagnostics. A radiologist / specialist for nuclear imaging will prduce these pictures. There are different kinds of scintigraphy. Most of the time, at the shoulder, a bone scintigramm is used, which is demonstrating changes of blood circulation and / or metabolism. Pictures are made at different times, between the distance of several hours, while the marker is in the soft tissue or later in the bone.
Low grade radioactive substances are used as a marker. These markers accumulate at areas of higher circulation or at regions with an increased metabolism. They can give useful hints about local tumors, inflammation or loosening of shoulder prostheses.
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