Skeleton scintigraphy

Examination of bone metabolism changes

The skeleton scintigraphy, also called bone scintigraphy, is an image-guided technique of nuclear medicine. The skeleton scintigraphy serves as detection for bone parts with increased bone metabolism.
Areas with increased bone metabolism - so-called foci - are found in bone metastases (e.g. prostate carcinoma, mamma carcinoma), as well as in healing zones of bone fractures or inflammatory transformations e.g. osteomyelitis, inflammatory joint diseases or loosening of joint endoprothesis (e.g. hip joint or knee endoprothesis).

When is this examination necessary?
If you suffer from unclear bone and/or joint pain, this examination will provide information of a morbidly transformed bone metabolism.
We use this technique in our practice particularly as preliminary assessments for radiosynoviorthesis (RSO).

You will be injected with a radioactive substance (99mTc-HDP). This substance will slowly attach to the skeletal structure within a few hours.
Patients have to drink about 1 liter of liquid within the 1st hour after injection. This improves the absorption quality. Be sure to frequently deplete your bladder, because this substance is released by the kidneys.
The radiation exposure of this examination is equivalent to a tomography.

Be sure to bring a large beach towel to your examination appointment.


- Loosening of joint endoprothesis

- Inflammatory joint diseases

- Search for metastases (e.g. prostate carcinoma, mamma carcinoma)