European Journal of Nuclear Medicine

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 119–122 | Cite as

The role of gallium-67 tumour scintigraphy in patients with small, non-cleaved cell lymphoma

  • Dirk Sandrock
  • Secondo Lastoria
  • Ian T. Magrath
  • Ronald D. Neumann
Original Article


Two hundred and thirty-four scintigraphic studies were performed in 34 patients (27 men, 7 women, age 17.3±7.7 years) with small, non-cleaved cell lymphoma who had follow-up for 3–96 months (mean 21.6±21.7 months). Whole-body scintigraphy was performed 48–72 h following i.v. injection of 370 MBq gallium-67 citrate. “Gold standards” for truth determinations were surgery, autopsy, histology, axial x-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography and clinical follow-up. Overall, 181 of 234 studies were true negative. Eighty proven sites of disease had true positive 67Ga uptake (in 21 patients/37 studies). Nineteen sites (in 12 patients/15 studies) were false positive. In addition, 31 benign lesions were detected and interpreted correctly in terms of non-malignancy. Ten lymphoma sites (in 6 patients/10 studies) were missed by scintigraphy. Overall, sensitivity of gallium scintigraphy was 89% when calculated by sites and 79% when calculated by studies. Corresponding specificities were 91% and 92%, respectively. Positive predictive values were 81% (sites) and 71% (studies), and negative predictive values 95% (sites and studies). Thus, gallium scintigraphy proved to be a sensitive and specific method for staging and follow-up in patients with small, non-cleaved cell lymphoma.

Key words

Small non-cleaved cell (Burkitt's) lymphoma Gallium scintigraphy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Sandrock
    • 1
  • Secondo Lastoria
    • 1
  • Ian T. Magrath
    • 2
  • Ronald D. Neumann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine, National Cancer InstituteNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric Branch, Department of Clinical Investigations, National Cancer InstituteNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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