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October 1987

Bone Imaging Findings in Gangrene

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Arch Surg. 1987;122(10):1139-1140. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1987.01400220049009

• Review of three-phase bone imaging results in three patients with gangrene of the toes showed a unique pattern of absent perfusion and absent bony and soft-tissue uptake. In one of these patients, characteristic bone imaging findings were present before clear-cut clinical presentation. In our experience, the finding of absent uptake in a particular clinical setting is highly specific for gangrene.

(Arch Surg 1987;122:1139-1140)