Quantitative bone gallium scintigraphy in osteomyelitis

O. A. Sorsdahl, G. L. Goodhart, H. T. Williams, L. J. Hanna, J. Rodriquez

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Gallium imaging offers many practical advantages over indium-111-labeled leukocyte imaging, and calculating quantitative ratios in addition to performing the routine bone-gallium images allows accurate and easy evaluation of patients with suspected osteomyelitis. To add objectivity and improve the accuracy and confidence in diagnosis of osteomyelitis, quantitative comparison of abnormalities seen on bone scans and gallium scans was performed. One hundred and ten adult patients with 126 sites of suspected osteomyelitis were evaluated and categorized by gallium-to-bone ratios, gallium-tobackground ratios, and spatial incongruency of gallium and bone activity. Combined evaluation using these criteria gave a 70% sensitivity and 93% specificity for the diagnosis of osteomyelitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Bones infection
  • radioactive
  • radionuclide studies-Gallim

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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