Incidental detection of atelectasis on Tc-99m MDP bone scans.

Yildirim M., Varoglu E., USLU SINAV H., Ak C., kantarci M., Sahin A.

Clin Nucl Med., no.29, pp.70-1, 2004 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Case Report
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Name: Clin Nucl Med.
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Page Numbers: pp.70-1


A 61-year-old man with carcinoma of the right lung was admitted because of dyspnea. Thoracic computed tomography (CT) showed right upper lobe atelectasis. A Tc-99m methylene diphosphonate (MDP) bone scan was performed to rule out metastases. Increased Tc-99m MDP soft tissue uptake was seen in the right upper hemithorax. Tc-99m MIBI scintigraphy of this area was negative. Since there was no pathologic Tc-99m MIBI accumulation and no evidence of tumor on the CT scan in the right upper lobe, the increased Tc-99m MDP uptake was at the site of the atelectasis.