[Imaging techniques in rheumatology: scintigraphy in rheumatoid arthritis].

  title={[Imaging techniques in rheumatology: scintigraphy in rheumatoid arthritis].},
  author={Deborah Sandrock and Marina Backhaus and G. R. Burmester and Dr. Dieter L. Munz},
  journal={Zeitschrift fur Rheumatologie},
  volume={62 5},
Bone scintigraphy is an important tool for staging and follow-up in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and is part of the training for board certified physicians in nuclear medicine in Germany. Bone scintigraphy uses the accumulation of i.v. injected technetium-99m labeled phosphonates imaged with a gamma camera. Different phases can be defined: perfusion phase (0-60 s p. i.), blood pool phase (2-5 min p. i.), and bone (turnover) phase (2-5 h p. i.). The blood pool phase allowes judgement of… CONTINUE READING
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