Nuclear medicine joint treatment (Radiosynovectomy)

Purpose of the therapy:

Radiosynovectomy is a focused, local therapy for inflamed joints, regardless of the underlying disease. This procedure is indicated for chronic inflammation in joint tissues (synarthrosis) with recurring joint effusion and pain, in conditions such as:

  • Chronic polyarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis (for example, after an intestinal infection)
  • Joint inflammation due to psoriasis
  • Giant-cell tumor of the tendon sheath, 4-6 weeks after surgery
  • reactive joint effusion after prosthetic implantation (especially prosthetic knees)

The consulting doctor, usually a rheumatologist or orthopedist, will decide on an indication for radiation synovectomy together with a nuclear medicine specialist. Inflammation of the synovial membrane (joint synovitis) must be identified, either with a current skeletal scintigraphy or, in individual cases with an MRI, in order to indicate this procedure.

Diagnostic procedure