Imaging of inflammation by PET, conventional scintigraphy, and other imaging techniques.
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SourceThe Journal of Nuclear Medicine (1978), 51, 12, (2010), pp. 1937-1949
1 december 2010
Article / Letter to editor
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The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (1978)
SubjectIGMD 5: Health aging / healthy living; N4i 1: Pathogenesis and modulation of inflammation; NCEBP 6: Quality of nursing and allied health care
Nuclear medicine imaging procedures play an important role in the assessment of inflammatory diseases. With the advent of 3-dimensional anatomic imaging, there has been a tendency to replace traditional planar scintigraphy by CT or MRI. Furthermore, scintigraphic techniques may have to be combined with other imaging modalities to achieve high sensitivity and specificity, and some may require time-consuming labeling procedures. On the other hand, new developments such as combined SPECT/CT increase the diagnostic power of scintigraphy. Also, the advent of PET had a considerable impact on the use of nuclear medicine imaging techniques. In this review, we aim to provide nuclear medicine specialists and clinicians with the relevant information on rational and efficient use of nuclear medicine imaging techniques in the assessment of patients with osteomyelitis, infected vascular prostheses, metastatic infectious disease, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, inflammatory bowel disease, sarcoidosis, and fever of unknown origin.
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