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REVIEW  HYBRID IMAGING IN INFLAMMATION AND INFECTION 

The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2018 March;62(1):3-13

DOI: 10.23736/S1824-4785.17.03045-X

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Hybrid imaging of musculoskeletal infections

Andor W. GLAUDEMANS 1, Napoleone PRANDINI 2, Marco DI GIROLAMO 3, Giuseppe ARGENTO 3, Chiara LAURI 4, Elena LAZZERI 5, Mario MUTO 6, Luca M. SCONFIENZA 7, 8, Alberto SIGNORE 1, 4

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Medical Imaging Center, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands; 2 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Modena Hospital, Modena, Italy; 3 Unit of Radiology, Department of Medical-Surgical Sciences and of Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy; 4 Unit of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Medical-Surgical Sciences and of Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy; 5 Regional Center of Nuclear Medicine, AOUP, Pisa, Italy; 6 Unit of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, Italy; 7 Unit of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy; 8 Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy


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This review article highlights the role of radiological and nuclear medicine techniques in diagnosis of musculoskeletal infections with particular regard to hybrid imaging of osteomyelitis, prosthetic joint infections, sternal infections and spine infections. Authors conclude on the complementary role of the several techniques with indications for an appropriate diagnostic flow chart, in the light of the recent European Association of Nuclear Medicine guidelines on infection.


KEY WORDS: Musculoskeletal diseases - Positron emission tomography computed tomography - Fluorodeoxyglucose F18 - Magnetic resonance imaging - Hybrid imaging - Diagnosis

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