P. N. Scutellari, C. Orzincolo, L. Feggi
Nov 30, 1985
99mTc-polyphosphate joint imaging of the hand has been performed in 18 patients, with evidence of inflammatory joint disease, but without any significant radiographic lesions, which might be related to rheumatoid arthritis. The hand scans were compared to clinical and radiographic data. An year after, the same subjects were re-examined, with both the radionuclide imaging and radiography. Scintigraphy has been shown to be significantly more sensitive for detecting inflammatory joint disease than x-ray, especially in the early stage of rheumatoid arthritis. Although radionuclide imaging is non specific (activity is increased also in osteoarthritis, trauma, metabolic bone disease, infarction, etc.). Radiography is highly specific but relatively non sensitive.