Normal variants of a photon-deficient area in the lower sternum demonstrated by bone SPECT.

@article{Han1999NormalVO,
  title={Normal variants of a photon-deficient area in the lower sternum demonstrated by bone SPECT.},
  author={Joon Koo Han and Wei-jen Shih and Vicki Stipp and Sylvia Magoun},
  journal={Clinical nuclear medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={24 4},
  pages={248-51}
}
PURPOSE A highly variable normal appearance of the sternal area makes interpretation difficult on planar bone imaging. These normal variants occur especially in the area above the xiphoid process of the sternum in which an oval photopenic area on anterior planar images may be seen. This finding is most likely caused by localized incomplete fusion. METHODS Of a group of 188 patients, 35 patients (33 men, 2 women; age range, 30 to 85 years; mean age, 57 years) were examined with sternal SPECT… CONTINUE READING

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