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Infective and Inflammatory Diseases of Bone

  • Yong Whee Bahk

Abstract

Bone infections and inflammations constitute one of the most common and important indications of bone scanning, the sensitivity of which has been firmly established (Duszynski et al. 1975; Gilday et al. 1975). The offending organisms vary greatly in infective diseases, and the etiologies are obscure in nonspecific osteitides except radiation osteitis. For a scintigraphic description bone infections may be categorized according to the site of the initial or major affliction. Thus, the pyogenic infection in bone marrow is termed osteomyelitis, and the infections of the cortex, periosteum, and soft tissues, respectively, are referred to as infective osteitis, infective periostitits, and soft-tissue abscess. More often than not these three types of bone infections and also the soft-tissue affection become concurrent if the initial infection is not brought under prompt control.

Keywords

Bone Scintigraphy Tracer Uptake Disc Space Chronic Osteomyelitis Bone Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Whee Bahk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Kangnam St. Mary’s HospitalCatholic University Medical CollegeSeoul, 137Korea

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