Skeletal Scintigraphy for Assessment of Growth Centers
In the child and adolescent, growth centers are responsible for enlargement of all components of the axial and appendicular skeleton. It is well recognized that bone-seeking tracers, which localize in direct relation to metabolic activity and blood supply, accumulate in greater amount at these sites in the immature skeleton. Traditional evaluation of growth centers had been based on anatomic imaging, such as radiography and linear tomography, with the physiologic status of the plate inferred from visualized changes. This type of imaging, however, can be confusing and is not always accurate. Bone scintigraphy complements anatomic imaging by reflecting the functional status of a growth center, and it can be used to determine the effects of pathologic events on a center.
KeywordsGrowth Plate Growth Center Angular Deformity Secondary Center Plate Activity
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