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Role of technetium-99m diphosphonate and gallium-67 citrate bone scanning in the early diagnosis of infectious spondylodiscitis. A comparative study.
  1. J M Nolla-Solé,
  2. L Mateo-Soria,
  3. A Rozadilla-Sacanell,
  4. J Mora-Salvador,
  5. J Valverde-García,
  6. D Roig-Escofet
  1. Rheumatology Service, Hospital de Bellvitge, Princeps d'Espanya, University of Barcelona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.

    Abstract

    A comparative study of the parts played by technetium-99m diphosphonate and gallium-67 citrate bone scanning in the early diagnosis of infectious spondylodiscitis is presented. Nineteen patients were included in the study. All patients (11 men aged 19-70 years and eight women aged 18-72 years) had a history of back pain varying in duration from one to 15 weeks. A 99mTc diphosphonate bone scan was positive in 17 patients. The two patients with negative results had less than two weeks of back pain. The 67Ga citrate bone scan showed uptake in all patients.

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