Combined Scintigraphic and Radiographic Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Diseases
As was remarked in the f rst preface the primary purpose of this humble book is aimed at introducing and establishing a more accurate, objective means of scintigraphic diagnosis of bone and joint diseases through a piecemeal analysis of scan f ndings: T e tool is pinhole magnif cation (Fig. 1). T us, endeavors have actually been made at further ref ning and enhancing the diagnostic yield 99m of Tc-MDP pinhole bone scan using the anatomic and metabolic data thereof obtained along with that of collaterally performed radiography, ult- sonography, MRI or CT (Fig. 2). On the other hand, since this book was f rst brought out in 1995 a sizable volume of new knowledge has accumulated in the f eld of bone scan diagnosis through ever-increasing interest in and app- cation of an array of scan methods that include SPECT, pinhole scintigraphy, 18 99mTc-HMPAO scan, immunoscintigraphy and most recently F-FDG PET/ 67 CT in addition to already widely utilized three-phase bone scintigraphy, Ga citrate scan and others. It is due to the advent and wide spread use of those scan modalities and the compilation of harvested crops that this third edition is more or less thorou- ly rewritten and enlarged.
Readers may find the method to be simple, inexpensive, and useful for both clinical workup and research of bone and joint diseases