Incidental detection of pericardial effusion on bone scan

Clin Nucl Med. 2013 Jan;38(1):56-7. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e3182708574.


The patient was a 57-year-old man with lung cancer. He was referred to nuclear medicine department for the evaluation of bone metastases. Bone scintigraphy was performed with 99mTc-labeled HDP. An abnormal photopenic area around the heart was seen on blood pool images. Delayed image of the thorax was normal. Chest x-ray study and echocardiography were performed to reveal the abnormality. Asymptomatic pericardial effusion was diagnosed in the corresponding area.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings*
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pericardial Effusion / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radionuclide Imaging