PET/CT Orthopedics

A 3D scan of vertebraA PET/CT scan with F-18 sodium fluoride is an imaging test that scans your entire skeletal system and produces high-resolution images of your bones. These images provide the physician with physiologic information of the bone and are used to detect areas of abnormal bone growth associated with tumors or other abnormalities.

F-18 sodium fluoride bone PET/CT imaging is a noninvasive test that physicians utilize to stage the body for the presence or absence of active bone tumors, localize the tumors, assess the tumors’ response to treatment and detect recurrence in treated lesions.

Common clinical indications for F-18 Sodium Fluoride Bone PET/CT:

  • Identify skeletal metastases, including localization and determination of the extent of disease

May be appropriate in other indications:

  • Back pain

  • Abnormal radiologic or laboratory findings

  • Trauma

  • Osteomyelitis

  • Complications of prosthetic joints

  • Other indications that would be appropriate for Nuclear Medicine bone scans