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bone scan before breast surgery

I am having breast surgery next week.  The MRI showed a spot on the vetibra and no mass, but a different lighting on in the right back.  I asked for a bone scan before surgery.  Was that the right thing to do?  Or should I ask for a PET scan?
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Hi Karen,
You could either ask for a total body bone scan or PET scan.  The bone scan can detect possible bone involvement by cancer.  False positive result may come from degenerative changes in bone as a result of aging, or when there is a history of bone fracture in the past.  A PET scan will detect possible involvement of the other organs by cancer.  The radiotracer will concentrate on areas with involvement.
Good luck on your surgery.
God bless.
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