Scintigraphy in the diagnosis of osteonecrosis

R. D. D'Ambrosia, H. Shoji, R. S. Riggins, R. C. Stadalnik, G. L. DeNardo

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    Scintigraphy, using (99m)Tc diphosphonate, has the potential for diagnosing osteonecrosis before irreversible changes are visible in routine roentgenograms. If obtained within weeks of an avascular insult, a cold area will appear on scintiscan. However, months later, the revascularization and reparative processes of the dead bone produce a hot area on scintiscan. This resulted from a study on 170 patients.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)139-143
    Number of pages5
    JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
    VolumeNo. 130
    StatePublished - 1978

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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    D'Ambrosia, R. D., Shoji, H., Riggins, R. S., Stadalnik, R. C., & DeNardo, G. L. (1978). Scintigraphy in the diagnosis of osteonecrosis. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, No. 130, 139-143.