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A bone scan commonly is used to check for signs that cancer has spread (metastasized) to the bones from another site in the body, such as the breast or prostate. Bone scans also can check for cancers that start in the bones. Bone scans also can check for noncancerous problems, including infections of the bones or joints and bone fractures that may be hidden or not easily diagnosed.

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