Anatomic correlations in radiogallium imaging of the peritoneum and retroperitoneum

Semin Nucl Med. 1979 Jan;9(1):66-70. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2998(79)80009-4.


Radiogallium (67Ga) imaging of the abdomen and pelvis has been useful not only in detecting inflammations in these regions, but in pointing out their precise anatomic localization. Once the anatomic site is determined, it is often possible to infer the source of origin of the problem (such as ruptured viscus or pancreatitis). Interpretation of the images depends on recognition of patterns that define known anatomic boundaries such as the transverse mesocolon, root of the small mesentery, perirenal space, and pararenal space, or else show diffuse peritoneal uptake. The anatomic patterns may have continued usefulness in future studies, such as when radiolabeled leukocytes are employed to localize inflammations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / anatomy & histology
  • Female
  • Gallium Radioisotopes*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mesentery / diagnostic imaging
  • Mesocolon / diagnostic imaging
  • Peritoneal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Retroperitoneal Space / diagnostic imaging*


  • Gallium Radioisotopes