Less Invasive Method IDs Bone Infection in Diabetic Foot

March 27, 2013

In a small study of diabetic patients presenting with a foot ulcer and no signs of soft-tissue infection, bone infection was safely and accurately diagnosed in a 2-step method that included less invasive bedside bone puncture rather than a bone biopsy.

First, patients underwent single-photon-emission computed tomography and X-ray computed tomography (SPECT/CT) using a gallium (67Ga) tracer. Then, patients with positive scans had bone punctures.