SPECT/CT, bone puncture diagnose osteomyelitis in diabetes

03/26/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

SPECT/CT imaging with a gallium tracer followed by bone punctures for positive scans diagnosed osteomyelitis with 88% specificity and 94% sensitivity in patients with diabetes who did not have indications of soft-tissue infection, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. The method prevented use of antibiotics in 55% of suspected cases, researchers said. They added that the method is less invasive than a bone biopsy and has cost benefits.

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