Bone scintigraphy in the diagnosis and management of traumatic injury

Semin Nucl Med. 1983 Apr;13(2):104-22. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2998(83)80004-x.


Imaging with bone-seeking nuclear medicine radiopharmaceuticals has changed dramatically in a span of 10 years. The only indication for bone scintigraphy a decade ago was to detect skeletal metastases in patients with known carcinoma. Improvements in equipment and radiopharmaceuticals have led to the use of nuclear medicine studies for the detection and evaluation of a multitude of benign abnormalities. This article discusses the use of bone-seeking radiopharmaceuticals in traumatic processes involving the skeletal system, connective tissues, and muscles. A review of the subject is included, as well as some new ideas regarding the interpretation and evaluation of scintigraphs with respect to trauma to the bones and soft tissues.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Battered Child Syndrome
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Carpal Bones / injuries
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Ununited / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Dislocation, Congenital / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Knee Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries
  • Male
  • Muscles / injuries
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radius Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Sacroiliac Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Synovial Cyst / diagnostic imaging
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibial Fractures / diagnostic imaging