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Diagnosis of Acute Bacterial Prostatitis by Ga-67 Scintigraphy and SPECT-CT

Bajaj, Sunil K. MD; Seitz, John P. MD; Qing, Feng MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e318187ef1f
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Gallium-67 (Ga-67) is effective in imaging neoplasms and infection; however, its potential role in diagnosis of acute prostatitis is not well reported. We report a 66-year-old male patient who presented with back pain, fever, chills, and elevated white blood count. Plain x-ray of the lumbosacral spine showed degenerative changes in the L4 to L5 intervertebral disc space. The patient subsequently underwent Ga-67 scintigraphy and SPECT-CT for evaluation of diskitis, which showed diffuse intense uptake of Ga-67 within the prostate, suggesting acute prostatitis. There was complete resolution of symptoms after a course of antibiotics.

From the Department of Nuclear Medicine, William Beaumont Hospital, Troy, Michigan.

Received for publication November 27, 2007; revision accepted July 4, 2008.

Reprints: Feng Qing MD, PhD, Department of Nuclear Medicine, William Beaumont Hospital, 44201 Dequindre, Troy, MI 48098. E-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.