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Eleven patients with a clinical diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis underwent scintillation scanning of the precordial region 2–7 days after the intravenous administration of 3 mCi of gallium-67 citrate. Seven had positive scans, 3 of which were confirmed by postmortem imaging at autopsy. Serial images revealed the scans to be frequently negative at 48 hours and positive from 3 to 8 days following injection. Uptake was not seen in the region of the myocardium 48 hours or longer after the injection of 15 patients without endocarditis used as controls.

Article History

Accepted: Feb 1976
Published in print: July 1976