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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 169-171

99mTc-ethambutol scintigraphy with single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography in vertebral tuberculosis

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Nishikant Damle
Department of Nuclear Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/ijnm.ijnm_162_21

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Vertebral tuberculosis (TB) is a common form of extrapulmonary TB. Here, the slow-growing Mycobacterium bacillus reaches the disc space through the hematogenous route and leads to various complications. Radiological imaging and histopathology have been the mainstay of diagnosis, but radionuclide imaging techniques using radiolabeled antitubercular drugs have rarely found space in the clinical domain. Here, we present a case of vertebral TB, where a technetium-labeled antitubercular drug, ethambutol, was synthesized and used for imaging the bacteria in vivo. Thus, we demonstrate a rarely used potentially specific agent for tuberculous-infection imaging, which can be produced in-house, and provides rapid results.

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