The role of bone scintigraphy in the evaluation of the suspected abused child

Radiology. 1983 Feb;146(2):369-75. doi: 10.1148/radiology.146.2.6217487.


A comparison was made of the radiographic and scintigraphic skeletal surveys of 261 children who were suspected victims of abuse. Radiography was positive in 105 children and produced false-negative results in 32; scintigraphy was positive in 120 children and produced false-negative results in two. Although radiography has traditionally been used to assess the skeletal injuries of battered children, the authors conclude that scintigraphy should be the screening procedure of choice for children suspected of having been abused.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diphosphonates*
  • False Negative Reactions
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Posture
  • Radiography
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate
  • Technetium*


  • Diphosphonates
  • Technetium
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate