The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of bone scintigraphy including single-photon emission tomography (SPET) and semiquantitative analysis for the assessment of graft viability following microvascularized bone transplantation. We evaluated 60 scintigraphic studies of 36 patients with 39 bone grafts. Thirty-four investigations were performed 6-11 days (early bone scans) and 26 up to 11 months (late bone scans) after mandibular reconstruction. After administration of 550 MBq technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate, planar scintigrams and a SPET study were performed. The data were reconstructed iteratively. Scans were evaluated visually and semiquantitatively by a region of interest technique using the ratio between transplant and cranium (T/C). Patients with uncomplicated healing showed a T/C ratio >1.0 in early and late bone scans. In cases with necrosis, the T/C ratio was below 1.0 when performing early bone scans. However, in late bone scans, some patients with necrosis showed a slightly increased uptake and a T/C ratio >1.0. The data demonstrate that as early as 6-11 days after mandibular reconstruction, increased tracer uptake proves that the surgery has been successful and indicates a normal healing process. Especially in the early bone scans no false-positive or false-negative results were observed and the T/C ratio clearly differentiated between vital and non-vital bone grafts. At later times false-positive findings could be observed; these were, however, rare because of the significantly higher tracer uptake of the healthy grafts when compared with completely or partially necrotic transplants.