bone scan

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A technique for producing pictures of the internal structure of bones using a radioactive tracer (such as technetium-99 complexed with a diphosphonate derivative) in conjunction with a scintillation counter (a process known as scintigraphy). The differential distribution of the tracer is used in the diagnosis of sports injuries, such as stress fractures, which are difficult to diagnose using X-radiography.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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