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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 246-247

Depiction of ventriculoperitoneal shunt obstruction with single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ankara Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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Sabire Yilmaz Aksoy
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ankara Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Ankara
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.181832

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An 83-year-old male patient with ventriculoperitoneal shunt underwent radionuclide shunt study using single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography.(SPECT/CT) to evaluate the shunt patency. The planar images showed activity at the cranial region and spinal canal but no significant activity at the peritoneal cavity. However, SPECT/CT images clearly demonstrated accumulation of activity at the superior part of bifurcation level with no activity at the distal end of shunt as well as no spilling of radiotracer into the peritoneal cavity indicating shunt obstruction. SPECT/CT makes the interpretation of radionuclide shunt study more accurate and easier as compared with traditional planar images.

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