September 1982

Nuclear Imaging in the Pediatric Acute Scrotum

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Urology (Drs Valvo, Caldamone, and Rabinowitz) and Nuclear Medicine (Dr O'Mara) and the Department of Pediatrics (Dr Rabinowitz), University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(9):831-835. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970450073018

• The acute scrotum in the pediatric patient frequently presents a diagnostic dilemma for even the most experienced clinician. In an effort to improve testicular salvage in equivocal cases, immediate surgical intervention has been recommended, despite a large number of unnecessary explorations. Evaluating the sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m radioisotopic scan in 46 boys, we found this study to be a rapid, reliable, sensitive, and noninvasive test that allows the selection of those patients who require immediate surgical intervention.

(Am J Dis Child 1982;136:831-835)