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White Blood Cell Scan : Indium In-111 Chloride Vs.

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The indium white blood cell scan, also called "indium leukocyte imaging," "indium-111 scan," or simply "indium scan," is a nuclear medicine procedure in which white blood cells (mostly neutrophils) are removed from the patient, tagged with the radioisotope Indium-111, and then injected intravenously into the patient. The tagged leukocytes subsequently localize to areas of relatively new infection. The study is particularly helpful in differentiating conditions such as osteomyelitis from decubitus ulcers for assessment of route and duration of antibiotic therapy.

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