March 14, 1966

The Renal Scan as an Aid in Percutaneous Renal Biopsy

Author Affiliations

From the departments of nuclear medicine (Dr. Baum and Mr. Malloy) and internal medicine (Drs. Baum and Rabinowitz), Long Island Jewish Hospital, Queens Hospital Center Affiliation, Jamaica, NY.

JAMA. 1966;195(11):913-915. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100110081021

By means of a renal scan made with chlormerodrin Hg 197, the kidneys are outlined on the skin of the patient's back; the outlines are projections of the kidneys on the skin. After such identification, percutaneous renal biopsies were successful in six out of seven attempts. If the patient has uremia, pyelograms often do not outline the kidneys properly. However, scintiscanning is usually successful even when blood urea nitrogen levels are greatly elevated.