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Diagnostic value of 67Ga-scintigraphy in chest surgery
  1. Jan Fogh,
  2. Sv. Bertelsen,
  3. A. Schmidt
  1. Department of Nuclear Medicine and Department of Thoracic Surgery R, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Abstract

    Fogh, J., Bertelsen, Sv., and Schmidt, A. (1974).Thorax, 29, 26-31. Diagnostic value of 67Ga-scintigraphy in chest surgery. Gallium-67 (67Ga) has a high affinity for malignant tissue. The diagnostic value of 67Ga-scintigraphy for differentiating between malignant and benign disease was studied in 109 patients with lesions of the chest discovered by radiological examination. Histological diagnoses were obtained in all the patients after the study was concluded.

    All the patients with sarcoidosis showed intense uptake of 67Ga in their lesions. The diagnostic specificity for the rest of the material was 94%, the diagnostic sensitivity 76%, and the prevalence 76%.

    67Ga-scintigraphy appears to be a valuable addition to thoracic diagnostic methods.

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