What is the role of radionuclide imaging in the workup of pediatric acute myelocytic leukemia (AML)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2017
  • Author: Mark E Weinblatt, MD; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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Radionuclide imaging is often used to detect occult infection that cultures and other imaging modalities do not reveal. For example, technetium-99m (99m Tc) bone scans often help in localizing an occult osteomyelitis.

Whole-body gallium or indium scanning often reveals an occult deep-tissue infection and can help with appropriate antibiotic management.


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