J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1984 Aug;19(4):671-682. 10.4055/jkoa.1984.19.4.671.

The Clinical Significancy of the Osteomedullography and Bone Scanning with Radioactive Isotopes in Open Fractures of the Shaft


In the orthopedic Department of Jeonbug National University Hospital, twenty-five open tibial shaft fractures were reviewed and analyzed with osteomedullography and bone scanning with radioactive isotopes from June 1981 to October 1983. The results are as follows. 1. The cases of injury were mostly traffic accident(70.8%) and majority was found between second decade and third decade. Males were 11 times more frequent than females. 2. In the shape and location of fractures, comminuted fracture(60%) was most common, and fracture of middle one third(48%), lower one third(28%) were in order. 3. In the open tibial fractures, Grade I. of soft tissue injury was most frequent(64%). As inthe plate fixation was required, we should it placed atypically on the posterior surface of the tibia. 4. In the osteomedullography at 3 months after treatment, the rate of positive finding was 80 and intraosseous crossing vein(Kaski sign 1) was observed most frequently. 5. In the profile of the bone scanning with radioactive isotopes, the rate of single-peak uptake was 76% and twin-peak uptake was 24%. 6. In the negative Osteomedullogram and twin-peak uptake on the profile of the bone scanning, bone graft was necessary. 7. In the case of difficult diagnosis for union process of tibia fracture, osteomedullography and bone scanning with radioactive isotopes were considered useful method of early diagnosis.


Open tibial shaft fracture; Osteomedullography; Bone scanning with radioactive isopopes
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