Original article| Volume 13, ISSUE 2, P159-163, June 1989

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Computed tomography as a diagnostic aid in diabetic and other problem feet

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      Determining whether osteomyelitis is present in patients with foot infections represents a significant diagnostic challenge. As bone uptake with nuclide scans can be affected by soft tissue infection, we performed computed tomography (CT) on seven patients to see if marrow or bone abnormalities could be seen and used to predict the presence or absence of osteomyelitis. The CT scans correctly predicted the presence or absence of osteomyelitis in all seven patients. Four patients had osteomyelitis and three patients did not. Nuclide bone scans had one false-positive and one false-negative result. In this small series, CT proved helpful in evaluating foot problems.


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