Common clinical indications of planar scintigraphy

What are some examples of common clinical indications of planar scintigraphy?

  • • A ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scan is useful to assess for acute pulmonary embolism.
  • • A three-phase bone scan is useful to determine if osteomyelitis is present.
  • • A thyroid scan is useful to determine if a thyroid nodule is benign or malignant.
  • • A hepatobiliary scan is useful to assess for acute cholecystitis, bile duct obstruction, or biliary leak.
  • • A bleeding scan is useful to localize sites of lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage.
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