Tc-99m bone scintigraphy of large knee joint effusions in osteoarthritis

Erik N. Nelson, M. Elizabeth Oates

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A 60-year-old man reported bilateral lower extremity pain and swelling. A Tc-99m HDP bone scan showed symmetric, moderately intense uptake within the femoral condyles and tibial plateaux, and marked, symmetric suprapatellar soft tissue activity. Radiographs confirmed large bilateral suprapatellar joint effusions and changes compatible with osteoarthritis. Percutaneous aspiration revealed inflammatory cells without crystals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-396
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Bone scintigraphy
  • Effusion
  • Osteoarthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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