EDWARD B. SILBERSTEIN, M.D.
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To the editor: In the article, "Gallium-67 for Localization of Septic Lesions" (Ann Intern Med 79:403-406, 1973), it was reported that gallium scanning detected intra-abdominal abscess in four cases (Patients 1-4). The abscesses were confirmed by surgery or drain placement. It is stated that "scans obtained as early as 2 hours after the intravenous injection show surprisingly high concentrations of radioactivity in inflammatory tissue. . . ." The authors indicate that in patients "whose clinical condition would not permit bowel cleansing, the ratio of activity between abscess and background has always been sufficient to obtain interpretable scans." In a recent
SILBERSTEIN EB. Gallium Detection of Inflammation. Ann Intern Med. 1974;80:774–776. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-6-774
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(6):774-776.
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