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Bone scintigraphy with 99mTc-DPD

Skeletal scintigraphy is used in the search for skeletal metastases, in rheumatologic diseases, in the search for inflammation and infection, and in suspected child abuse.

Figure: Bone scintigraphy in a patient with prostate cancer.
Figure: Bone scintigraphy in a patient with prostate cancer.

Preparation for a bone scintigraphy

  • There are no dietary restrictions prior to the examination.
  • You can take all your medications as prescribed.
  • If you have pain, take adequate amounts of painkillers, as you need to lay still on your back for some time.

Indications

  • stage skelettal metastasis
  • rheumatologic diseases
  • localisation of infection and inflammation

Examination proper

At the beginning of the examination, we will inject a bone-seeking, slightly radioactive substance into one of your arm veins. In this way, we can examine your bone metabolism. Images are taken after 3 hours and require 30 – 60 minutes. During the time between injection and imaging, you may leave our service. There are essentially no dietary restrictions during this waiting time. It is mandatory, that you drink at least 1 – 2 liters of watery liquids (no milk products). In certain situations, we will need to take early scans right after injection, which will show us the perfusion of your soft tissues. These scans will take around 30 minutes.

After the exam no precautions are required.

Radiation dose

The dose of ionizing radiation given for this examination is comparable to the yearly natural radiation dose in Switzerland. This dose is not affected by the number of images taken. If you know or think, that you are pregnant, please call us and let us know until noon of the day prior to the examination. You should also contact us, if you take care of children younger than 6 years. Furthermore, please note, that children or young adults are not permitted to accompany you to the examination. Side effects such as allergies are exceedingly rare. Please let us know if you experience any. The examination can also be done on children.

The evaluation of your examination takes some time. Hence, we cannot give you any results right after the examination. We will transmit the results and the images taken to the referring physician as soon as they are ready.

Responsible doctors

Martin Hüllner, PD Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Deputy Clinic Director, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Diagnostic Neuroradiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncological, neurological and musculoskeletal imaging
Tel. +41 44 255 25 80

David Kenkel, PD Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncological imaging (PET, SPECT, CT, MRI)

Cäcilia Mader, Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Neuroradiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncological, neurological and musculoskeletal hybrid imaging
Tel. +41 43 253 88 02

Alexander Maurer, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncologic imaging, Hybrid imaging of prostate cancer
Tel. +41 43 253 88 09

Michael Messerli, PD Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Hybrid imaging of oncological diseases (PET, SPECT, CT, MRI)
Tel. +41 43 253 88 03

For patients

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Tel. +41 44 255 35 55

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