Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Life-endangering effects of deep abscesses make early and precise identification and localization important to permit adequate surgical drainage. An experiment was undertaken to study the feasibility of detecting abscesses by using leucocytes tagged with radioactive isotopes. For the labeling, 51chromium appeared preferable to 131iodine or 99technetium. Leucocytes so labelled will concentrate sufficiently in abscesses to permit identification of abscesses by scintillation scanning. For clinical application, techniques require further simplification and refinement to eliminate interference by collection of radioactive isotopes in the liver and spleen.