99mTc-methylene diphosphonate bone imaging in the evaluation of total hip prostheses

Radiology. 1979 Dec;133(3 Pt 1):727-9. doi: 10.1148/133.3.727.

Abstract

A retrospective study was performed to determine the accuracy of 99mTc-methylene diphosphonate bone imaging in the evaluation of total hip arthrosplasty for lossening and/or infection. Using focally increased activity at the tip of the femoral component or in the region of the acetabular component as a criterion, the examination was 77% specific and 100% sensitive for loosening and/or infection. A possible explanation for the increased uptake at the tip of the femoral component and the role of this examination in the management of a painful total hip prosthesis are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Bone Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bone Diseases / etiology
  • Diphosphonates* / metabolism
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Femur Head / metabolism
  • Hip Prosthesis / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Infections / etiology
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Technetium* / metabolism

Substances

  • Diphosphonates
  • Technetium