SPECT/CT beneficial in treatment of foot, ankle pain

01/17/2013 | News-Medical.Net

SPECT/CT imaging led to a modification of clinical diagnosis and treatment plan in 78% of 50 patients with foot and ankle pain slated to undergo surgery, according to a study published in the journal Foot and Ankle Surgery. Overall, SPECT/CT demonstrated 94% accuracy, 95% sensitivity, 83% specificity, 98% positive predictive value and 71% negative predictive value. "We recommend the use of SPECT/CT in diagnostic uncertainty to aid diagnosis and initiate appropriate management especially in midfoot arthritis," the researchers said.

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