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J Spinal Disord. 2000 Dec;13(6):541-4.

Use of fluorine-18 fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography in assessing the process of tuberculous spondylitis.

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Department of Orthopedics, Nuclear Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany.

Abstract

Fluorine-18 fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography can be used to quantify the pathologic increase in glucose metabolism of inflammatory processes. Preliminary studies indicate a high level of sensitivity and specificity in detecting and identifying chronic osteomyelitis. This case study shows that positron emission tomography can be used to assess the process of inflammatory activity in tuberculous spondylitis. This technology also has the advantage of higher spatial resolution compared with other nuclear medicine procedures. In addition, it can differentiate between bone and soft tissue infection and allows imaging in the presence of metal implants.

PMID:
11132989
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