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Strontium-85 Scanning of Suspected Bone Disease

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: (Published 04 January 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:19
  1. Victor Parsons,
  2. Margery Williams,
  3. David Hill,
  4. Pamela Frost,
  5. Avril Lapham


    Strontium-85 scanning of suspected bone lesions in 81 patients has added to the criteria for the diagnosis of malignant and other lesions of bone. Of 46 patients with a previous history of malignant disease and skeletal symptoms negative radiological findings were recorded in 19, but nine of these had positive scans, eight of which when followed up over periods of up to four years proved to be metastatic. A similar prevalence of positive scans occurred in patients without a previous history of malignancy. Because of the anatomical localization of lesions made possible by this technique a tissue diagnosis was made in six patients, while fields of radiotherapy were altered in another seven. This technique can improve the management of patients with suspected bone disease.