111Indium-labelled leucocyte scintigraphy in the diagnosis of inflammatory disease--first results

Br J Surg. 1981 Mar;68(3):150-3. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800680304.


In 61 patients, 66 scans were performed with 111In-labelled autologous leucocytes to evaluate this method in the diagnosis of inflammatory disease. All scintigraphic results were compared with clinical, operative or postmortem findings. In the first 20 examinations in 19 patients, 2 scintigrams were true positive, 9 true negative one of false positive, whereas 9 scintigrams had to be considered as false negative. These false negative results were probably due to loss of viability of the labelled cells. A modified labelling technique, in which a much lower concentration of oxine was used, was employed for a further 46 examinations in 42 patients. Twenty-four scintigrams were true positive and 22 true negative, while no false positive or false negative results were observed. These results suggest that this modified technique is useful in the diagnosis of inflammatory disease.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / diagnostic imaging
  • Abscess / diagnostic imaging
  • False Negative Reactions
  • Humans
  • Indium*
  • Inflammation / diagnostic imaging*
  • Leukocytes
  • Methods
  • Radioisotopes*
  • Radionuclide Imaging


  • Radioisotopes
  • Indium