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Bone Imaging: Radionuclide Scan vs MRI-Reply

Steven E. Harms, MD
JAMA. 1990;264(4):456. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450040044028.
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In Reply.—  Unfortunately, the bone scan figures used in our article for the metastatic lesion of the sacrum in Fig 1 and the stress fracture of the hip in Fig 6 were transposed. The stress fracture was an anterior view on the bone scan and the sacral metastasis was a posterior view. We agree that the bone scan views as shown in the figures would have been the wrong views for the pathologic findings displayed by MRI. In fact, the correct views were obtained but were printed with the wrong corresponding MRI views. Both bone scintigrams were normal as shown in the figures. We apologize for this mishap.We stand behind our statements regarding the use of radionuclide bone scans compared with MRI. Radionuclide bone scanning is a useful and sensitive study for the global view of the skeleton. There is now well-documented evidence that radionuclide bone scans are


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