Coregistration imaging of the foot. A new localisation technique

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1998 Sep;80(5):777-80. doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.80b5.8800.


We describe a new technique, known as coregistration imaging, which superimposes 99mTc isotope bone scans on to plain radiographs. We used the technique selectively in cases in which the nuclear medicine physician, who reported the isotope scan, had difficulty in localising the anatomical site of the abnormality. In the forefoot, coregistration of isotope scans did not help to localise pathology; the scan alone gave sufficient detail. In 17 patients with pain in the hind- and midfoot, isotope scanning identified eight sites of abnormality in those with normal radiographs. In those with more than one abnormality on plain radiographs the isotope scan eliminated 12 sites of suspicion. Coregistration of the images significantly increased the certainty of localisation of disease (p < 0.001). We recommend the selective use of coregistration scanning as a useful technique for investigating patients with pain in the foot and ankle.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Foot Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / etiology
  • Radiography
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate