Vol 11, No 1 (2008)
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Iodine-123 uptake in vertebral haemangiomas in a patient with papillary thyroid carcinoma

Sameer Khan, Joel Dunn, Nicola Strickland, Adil Al-Nahhas
Nucl. Med. Rev 2008;11(1):30-33.


We present a case of a 58-year-old woman with papillary carcinoma of the thyroid and elevated thyroglobulin. Whole body 123I scan with SPECT images demonstrated focal uptake in the thoracic spine, reported as bone metastases. Subsequent 18FDG PET and 99mTc HDP bone were normal. MRI and CT scans confirmed the presence of vertebral haemangiomas corresponding to the uptake seen on the 123I scan. False-positive uptake of 123I in benign vertebral haemangiomas should be considered in the differential diagnosis of focal vertebral uptake.

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