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Diagnostic imaging of the diabetic foot

Celina Ranachowska, Piotr Lass, Anna Korzon-Burakowska, Marek Dobosz
Nucl. Med. Rev 2010;13(1):18-22.

open access

Vol 13, No 1 (2010)
Reviews
Published online: 2010-12-01
Submitted: 2012-01-23

Abstract

Diabetic foot syndrome is a significant complication of diabetes. Diagnostic imaging is a crucial factor determining surgical decision and extent of surgical intervention. At present the gold standard is MRI scanning, whilst the role of bone scanning is decreasing, although in some cases it brings valuable information. In particular, in early stages of osteitis and Charcot neuro-osteoarthropathy, radionuclide imaging may be superior to MRI. Additionally, a significant contribution of inflammation-targeted scintigraphy should be noted. Probably the role of PET scanning will grow, although its high cost and low availability may be a limiting factor. In every case, vascular status should be determined, at least with Doppler ultrasound, with following conventional angiography or MR angiography.

Nuclear Med Rev 2010; 13, 1: 18–22

Abstract

Diabetic foot syndrome is a significant complication of diabetes. Diagnostic imaging is a crucial factor determining surgical decision and extent of surgical intervention. At present the gold standard is MRI scanning, whilst the role of bone scanning is decreasing, although in some cases it brings valuable information. In particular, in early stages of osteitis and Charcot neuro-osteoarthropathy, radionuclide imaging may be superior to MRI. Additionally, a significant contribution of inflammation-targeted scintigraphy should be noted. Probably the role of PET scanning will grow, although its high cost and low availability may be a limiting factor. In every case, vascular status should be determined, at least with Doppler ultrasound, with following conventional angiography or MR angiography.

Nuclear Med Rev 2010; 13, 1: 18–22

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Keywords

diabetic foot; radionuclide imaging; SPECT; PET; radiography; CT; MRI; Charcot neuro-osteoarthropathy

About this article
Title

Diagnostic imaging of the diabetic foot

Journal

Nuclear Medicine Review

Issue

Vol 13, No 1 (2010)

Pages

18-22

Published online

2010-12-01

Bibliographic record

Nucl. Med. Rev 2010;13(1):18-22.

Keywords

diabetic foot
radionuclide imaging
SPECT
PET
radiography
CT
MRI
Charcot neuro-osteoarthropathy

Authors

Celina Ranachowska
Piotr Lass
Anna Korzon-Burakowska
Marek Dobosz

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