What is the role of bone imaging, MRI, and nuclear imaging in the workup of mycobacterium chelonae infection?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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These studies may be helpful in detecting suspected osteomyelitis or joint disease, especially in patients with a history of penetrating trauma.

MRI can be helpful in evaluating the anatomy sinus tracts and fistulae and whether underlying abscess formation, foreign material, or marrow edema (osteomyelitis) is present.

Gallium scanning may be useful to screen for supradiaphragmatic lymphadenopathy (intrathoracic or axillary).


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