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J R Soc Med. 1990 December; 83(12): 768–769.
PMCID: PMC1292949

Bone scan appearances after uncemented hip replacement.


Persistent increased uptake on a technetium bone scan after a cemented hip replacement usually indicates pathology, either loosening or infection. The natural history of scan appearances in uncemented replacements is different and can be predicted from a plain X-ray. The diagnostic value of a bone scan is therefore questionable when investigating pain after uncemented hip replacement.

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  • Rushton N, Coakley AJ, Tudor J, Wraight EP. The value of technetium and gallium scanning in assessing pain after total hip replacement. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1982;64(3):313–318. [PubMed]

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