SPECT/CT signals diabetic bone disease

April 4, 2013

Hybrid molecular imaging can lead to diagnosis of osteomyelitis in diabetic patients via bedside bone puncture without the need for surgical or image-guided biopsy, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care in March.

The number of people worldwide diagnosed with diabetes is expected to spike to more than 300 million by the year 2025. Of these, about 25 percent will develop a foot ulcer due to complications of the disease, according to Elisabeth Aslangul, MD, PhD, from the Université Paris Descartes, in Paris, and colleagues.