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Do white spots on a bone scan indicate cancer?
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Bone scans are very sensitive and can show if there is something wrong with the bones.  But they are not very specific - that means they can't show exactly what is wrong.  So you are likely to need further tests if a bone scan is abnormal.
To have a bone scan, you will first have a small injection of a mildly radioactive substance.  This substance collects in areas of damaged bone called 'hot spots'.  Hot spots may mean bone cancer.  But they can also show up if you have arthritis or other bone diseases.
So it will require further investigations before one can conclude if the hot-spot is indeed a cancer.
ref: http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=4419
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