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October 7, 1974

Localization of Infectious Processes With Gallium Citrate Ga 67

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine (Drs. Blair, Silva, and Fekety) and the Upjohn Center for Clinical Pharmacology (Ms. Carroll and Dr. Blair), University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor. Dr. Blair is now with the Infectious Disease Division, Department of Medicine, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.

JAMA. 1974;230(1):82-85. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240010050031

Thirty patients received gallium citrate Ga 67 for scintiscanning in a search for abscesses and other covert infections—25 intra-abdominal and 5 extra-abdominal. Abnormal areas of isotope uptake were found in 25 patients; of these, six had proven infections; 15 had clinically established infections (but confirmatory tissue diagnostic procedures were not performed); one scan was false-positive; and three abnormal scans were due to tumor. This noninvasive scanning procedure has proved useful in identifying sites of inflammation.

(JAMA 230:82-85, 1974)