FDG-PET accurately identifies implant-related infections

06/18/2009 | Diagnostic Imaging

A study of 80 patients experiencing painful symptoms after knee joint replacement surgery showed that FDG-PET correctly identified eight of the nine patients with infections linked to their knee implants. FDG-PET also was able to identify 38 of the 41 patients without the infection. The results suggest that FDG-PET might be a cost-effective and efficient alternative to white-cell imaging -- the standard method currently used to detect infections, one of the researchers said.

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