What is the role of indium-111 (111In) WBC scanning in the management of sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Indium-111 (111In) white blood cell (WBC) scanning is useful for diagnosing osteomyelitis, which appears as an area of increased activity within bone. However, areas of marrow proliferation, which are common in patients with SCD, would also demonstrate increased activity on111 In WBC scans.


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