Osteomyelitis: Diagnosis with 99mTc-labeled antigranulocyte antibodies compared with diagnosis with 111In-labeled leukocytes - Initial experience

Christopher J. Palestro, Samuel L. Kipper, Frederick L. Weiland, Charito Love, Maria B. Tomas

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PURPOSE: To compare a technetium 99m-labeled murine immunoglobulin M monoclonal antigranulocyte antibody that binds to human polymorphonuclear leukocyte CD15 antigens with indium 111 (111In)-labeled leukocytes in the diagnosis of appendicular skeletal osteomyelitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four patients suspected of having infected joint replacement (n = 12), diabetic pedal osteomyelitis (n = 8), or long bone osteomyelitis (n = 4) were imaged 5, 30, 60, and 120 minutes after antibody injection. Following injection, one patient experienced moderate joint pain exacerbation that resolved spontaneously. Patients underwent imaging with 111In-labeled leukocytes and three-phase bone imaging. All studies were interpreted alone. Images obtained in antibody and 111In-labeled leukocyte studies were also interpreted with the bone scans. One reader, without knowledge of other study results or final diagnoses, reviewed and interpreted images in a random order. Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were calculated for the antibody study at each time point, the 111In-labeled leukocyte study, the three-phase bone scanning procedure, and dual-tracer studies. RESULTS: There were 11 cases of osteomyelitis. Bone scintigraphy was sensitive (1.0) but nonspecific (0.38). Images obtained in the 120-minute antibody study were sensitive (0.91), moderately specific (0.69), and comparable to those obtained in the 111In-labeled leukocyte study (0.91 sensitivity, 0.62 specificity). When interpreted with bone scans, images obtained in the antibody and 111In-labeled leukocyte studies showed improved sensitivity and specificity (1.0 and 0.85 and 1.0 and 0.77, respectively). CONCLUSION: Use of the monoclonal antigranulocyte antibody was comparable to the use of 111In-labeled leukocytes in the diagnosis of appendicular skeletal osteomyelitis. The combined results of the monoclonal antibody study and bone scanning were more accurate (0.91) for diagnosing this entity than were the results of any of the other studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)758-764
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Bones, infection
  • Bones, radionuclide studies
  • Indium, radioactive
  • Monoclonal antibodies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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