Role of 67Ga scintigraphy in localization of lymphoma

Research paper by J. H. G. van Amsterdam, J. C. Kluin-Nelemans, B. L. F. van Eck-Smit, E. K. J. Pauwels

Indexed on: 01 Apr '96Published on: 01 Apr '96Published in: Annals of Hematology


 This review deals with the applications of 67Gallium (Ga) scintigraphy for the initial staging and follow-up during and after treatment of patients with Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). During the last decade, the technique of visualization has been largely improved by using higher doses and additional tomography. Here, the indications for 67Ga scintigraphy in comparison with CT and MRI are discussed. The conditions resulting in false positive and false negative results have been outlined. 67Ga may detect unusual involved sites during staging procedures. However, the major contribution to the management of Hodgkin's disease and NHL is the evaluation of residual masses, because 67Ga uptake reflects the metabolic acitivity of the tumor. The review ends with an additional short overview of other radionuclide imaging methods useful for malignant lymphoma.