Pablo E. Dibos, M.D.; Frederick E. Lomas, M.R.A.C.P.; Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Liver scanning is widely used to detect focal abnormalities of the liver. Differentiating between benign and malignant conditions is often difficult. For example, a problem in patients with cirrhosis is the detection of superimposed hepatoma. The use of gallium-67 citrate, in addition to radioactive colloids such as 99m-Tc-sulfur colloid, has proved valuable in the diagnosis of hepatic malignancy. Thirty-eight patients with focal defects on colloid liver scan were studied with the gamma camera after intravenous administration of 3 μCi of gallium citrate.
Significant accumulation of gallium was noted in the focal lesions of 20 of 22 patients with hepatic malignancy:
Dibos PE, Lomas FE, Wagner HN. Gallium-67 Scanning in the Differential Diagnosis of Focal Liver Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:876–877. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-876_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):876-877.
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