Scintigraphy in the diagnosis of osteonecrosis

R. D. D'Ambrosia, H. Shoji, R. S. Riggins, R. C. Stadalnik, G. L. DeNardo

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Scintigraphy, using (99m)Tc diphosphonate, has the potential for diagnosing osteonecrosis before irreversible changes are visible in routine roentgenograms. If obtained within weeks of an avascular insult, a cold area will appear on scintiscan. However, months later, the revascularization and reparative processes of the dead bone produce a hot area on scintiscan. This resulted from a study on 170 patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
VolumeNo. 130
StatePublished - 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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