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  1. Combined (18)F-FDG-PET and diffusion tensor imaging in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis.

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    Aparicio, Javier; Carreño, Mar; Bargalló, Núria; Setoain, Xavier; Rubí, Sebastià; Rumià, Jordi; Falcón, Carles; Calvo, Anna; Martí-Fuster, Berta; Padilla, Nelly; Boget, Teresa; Pintor, Luís; Donaire, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    Several studies using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET) or diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have found both temporal and extratemporal abnormalities in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with ipsilateral hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS), but data are lacking about the findings of both techniques in the same patients. We aimed to determine whether the extent of (18)F-FDG-PET hypometabolism is related to DTI abnormalities. Twenty-one patients with MTLE-HS underwent comprehensive preoperative evaluation; 18 (86%) of these underwent epilepsy surgery. We analyzed and compared the pattern of white matter (WM) alterations on DTI and cortical hypometabolism on (18)F-FDG-PET. We found widespread temporal and extratemporal (18)F-FDG-PET and DTI abnormalities. Patterns of WM abnormalities and cortical glucose hypometabolism involved similar brain regions, being more extensive in the left than the right MTLE-HS. We classified patients into three groups according to temporal (18)F-FDG-PET patterns: hypometabolism restricted to the anterior third (n = 7), hypometabolism extending to the middle third (n = 7), and hypometabolism extending to the posterior third (n = 7). Patients with anterior temporal hypometabolism showed DTI abnormalities in anterior association and commissural tracts while patients with posterior hypometabolism showed WM alterations in anterior and posterior tracts. Patients with MTLE-HS have widespread metabolic and microstructural abnormalities that involve similar regions. The distribution patterns of these gray and white matter abnormalities differ between patients with left or right MTLE, but also with the extent of the (18)F-FDG-PET hypometabolism along the epileptogenic temporal lobe. These findings suggest a variable network involvement among patients with MTLE-HS.

  2. Different predictive values of interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT in germinal center like and non-germinal center like diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

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    Kim, Jihyun; Lee, Jeong-Ok; Paik, Jin Ho; Lee, Won Woo; Kim, Sang Eun; Song, Yoo Sung

    2017-01-01

    Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a pathologically heterogeneous disease with different prognoses according to its molecular profiles. Despite the broad usage of (18)F-fluoro-2-dexoxy-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), previous studies that have investigated the value of interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT in DLBCL have given the controversial results. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT in DLBCL according to germinal center B cell-like (GCB) and non-GCB molecular profiling. We enrolled 118 newly diagnosed DLBCL patients treated with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (R-CHOP). Interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans performed after 2 or 3 cycles of R-CHOP treatment were evaluated based on the Lugano response criteria. Patients were grouped as GCB or non-GCB molecular subtypes according to immunohistochemistry results of CD10, BCL6, and MUM1, based on Hans' algorithm. In total 118 DLBCL patients, 35 % were classified as GCB, and 65 % were classified as non-GCB. Interim PET/CT was negative in 70 %, and positive in 30 %. During the median follow-up period of 23 months, the positive interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT group showed significantly inferior progression free survival (PFS) compared to the negative interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT group (P = 0.0004) in entire patients. A subgroup analysis according to molecular profiling demonstrated significant difference of PFS between the positive and negative interim (18)F-FDG PET groups in GCB subtype of DLBCL (P = 0.0001), but there was no significant difference of PFS between the positive and negative interim (18)F-FDG PET groups in non-GCB subtype of DLBCL. Interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT scanning had a significant predictive value for disease progression in patients with the GCB subtype of DLBCL treated with R-CHOP, but not in those with the non-GCB subtype. Therefore, molecular profiles of DLBCL should be

  3. Staging of Primary Abdominal Lymphomas: Comparison of Whole-Body MRI with Diffusion-Weighted Imaging and 18F-FDG-PET/CT

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    Stecco, Alessandro; Buemi, Francesco; Quagliozzi, Martina; Lombardi, Mariangela; Santagostino, Alberto; Sacchetti, Gian Mauro; Carriero, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Background. The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of whole-body MRI with diffusion-weighted sequences (WB-DW-MRI) with that of 18F-FDG-PET/CT in the staging of patients with primary gastrointestinal lymphoma. Methods. This retrospective study involved 17 untreated patients with primary abdominal gastrointestinal lymphoma. All patients underwent 18F-FDG-PET/CT and WB-DW-MRI. Histopathology findings or at least 6 months of clinical and radiological follow-up was the gold standard. The Musshoff-modified Ann Arbor system was used for staging, and diagnostic accuracy was evaluated on a per-node basis. Results. WB-DW-MRI exhibited 100% sensitivity, 96.3% specificity, and 96.1% and 100% positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV), respectively. The sensitivity, specificity, and PPV and NPV of PET/CT were 95.9%, 100%, and 100% and 96.4%, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences between the two techniques (p = 0.05). The weighted kappa agreement statistics with a 95% confidence interval were 0.97 (0.95–0.99) between the two MRI readers and 0.87 (0.82–0.92) between the two methods. Conclusions. WB-DW-MRI appears to have a comparable diagnostic value to 18F-FDG-PET/CT in staging patients with gastrointestinal lymphoma. PMID:26798331

  4. Prognostic value of interim (18)F-FDG-PET in diffuse large B cell lymphoma treated with rituximab-based immune-chemotherapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Zhu, Danxia; Xu, Xiao-Li; Fang, Cheng; Ji, Mei; Wu, Jun; Wu, Chang-Ping; Jiang, Jing-Ting

    2015-01-01

    The prognostic value of an interim fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET) for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has been assessed by different groups. However, studies have suggested that the use of rituximab could limit the predictive value of interim (18)F-FDG PET for DLBCL. To clarify the prognostic value of interim (18)F-FDG PET in DLBCL patients treated with rituximab based immunochemotherapy, we searched for relevant studies in PubMed, the Cochrane Library and EMBASE. A random versus fixed effects model was applied according to the heterogeneity. According to the literature search strategies, 11 studies were identified. The pooled HR comparing PFS between patients with positive and negative results was 2.96 (95% CI=2.25-3.89). The patients in interim (18)F-FDG PET negative group had a higher CR rates than that in interim (18)F-FDG PET positive group (RR=5.53, 95% CI=2.59-11.80). Consistent evidence favoring interim (18)F-FDG PET-based treatment assessment should be considered in the management of patients with DLBCL.

  5. Asymmetric pulmonary hypermetabolism on 18F-FDG PET/CT caused by pulmonary embolism.

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    Caekebeke, Evert; Deroose, Christophe M; Verhamme, Peter; Coolen, Johan; Gheysens, Olivier

    2015-04-01

    We present a case of diffuse and moderately increased 18F-FDG uptake in the entire left lung on 18F-FDG PET without any morphological parenchymal abnormalities in a patient with recent history of esophageal adenocarcinoma treated by minimal invasive surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy. Contrast-enhanced CT revealed a large embolism in the left pulmonary artery with near total occlusion. In the absence of parenchymal lesions, the increased 18F-FDG uptake is most likely an inflammatory response to a recent ischemic insult. This case illustrates that asymmetric lung hypermetabolism in the absence of parenchymal disease can be caused by a central pulmonary embolism.

  6. Evaluation of 18F-FDG uptake and arterial wall calcifications using 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Ben-Haim, Simona; Kupzov, Ela; Tamir, Ada; Israel, Ora

    2004-11-01

    Glucose metabolic activity expressed as (18)F-FDG uptake may be increased in active atherosclerotic plaque. Calcium depositions are often increased in mature atherosclerotic plaque. The purpose of the present study was to assess the patterns of vascular-wall (18)F-FDG uptake and CT calcifications using combined PET/CT. One hundred twenty-two consecutive patients over the age of 50 (47 women and 75 men; mean age, 66 +/- 9 y) undergoing whole-body (18)F-FDG PET/CT for tumor assessment were retrospectively evaluated. PET, CT, and PET/CT slices were generated for review. Abnormal vascular findings in major arteries in the chest and abdomen were categorized as PET positive (PET+), PET negative (PET-), CT positive (CT+), or CT negative (CT-). The topographic relationship between increased vascular-wall (18)F-FDG uptake on PET and the presence of calcifications on CT was assessed on PET/CT fused images, with abnormal sites further classified as PET+/CT+, PET+/CT-, or PET-/CT+. The presence of CT calcifications and increased vascular-wall (18)F-FDG uptake was correlated with age, sex, presence of cardiovascular risk factors, and cardiovascular disease. Abnormal findings were identified at 349 sites. CT calcifications (CT+) were observed at 320 sites (92%) of 100 patients (82%), more commonly in men (P < 0.03), in older patients (P < 0.0001), in patients with hypertension (P < 0.003) or hyperlipidemia (P < 0.04), and in smokers (P < 0.008). Increased vascular-wall (18)F-FDG uptake (PET+) was observed at 52 sites (15%) of 38 patients (31%), more commonly in men (P < 0.02), in older patients (P < 0.0001), and in patients with hypertension (P < 0.02), and was borderline in patients with cardiovascular disease (P = 0.057). PET+ and CT+ findings correlated in 12 patients, a PET+/CT- pattern was found in 18 patients, and 8 patients had increased vascular-wall (18)F-FDG uptake in sites with and without calcifications (PET+/CT+, CT-). Twenty-two patients (18%) had a PET

  7. Diagnostic and prognostic value of pretreatment SUV in 18F-FDG/PET in breast cancer: comparison with apparent diffusion coefficient from diffusion-weighted MR imaging.

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    Baba, Shingo; Isoda, Takuro; Maruoka, Yasuhiro; Kitamura, Yoshiyuki; Sasaki, Masayuki; Yoshida, Tsuyoshi; Honda, Hiroshi

    2014-05-01

    In oncology, the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measured by diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) and the standardized uptake value (SUV) from (18)F-FDG PET have similar clinical applications. The purpose of this study was to assess the correlation between the ADC and SUV and compare their potential in the diagnosis and prediction of prognosis in breast tumors. Seventy-nine female patients (age range, 19-69 y; average, 49.1 y) with 83 pathologically proven breast tumors were recruited. The diagnoses consisted of 70 malignant breast tumors (65 cases of invasive ductal carcinoma, 1 of medullary carcinoma, 1 of mucinous carcinoma, 1 of squamous cell carcinoma, and 2 of micropapillary carcinoma) and 13 benign breast tumors (4 cases of fibroadenoma, 4 of mastopathy, 3 of adenosis with atypia, and 2 of benign phyllodes tumor). All patients underwent mammary gland MR imaging with DWI and (18)F-FDG PET within a 2-wk interval. The patients' ADCs and SUVs were measured within the tumor by DWI and (18)F-FDG PET, respectively. For the malignant tumors, we evaluated the relationships among ADC, SUV, histopathologic appearance, and long-term prognosis. A significant difference (P < 0.05) was observed in both parameters (ADC and SUV) between the benign and malignant breast tumors, and the difference was more significant when we introduced a new parameter, SUV/ADC. There was a weak inverse correlation between ADC and SUV (r = -0.36; P = 0.06) among the total tumors; however, this correlation was not significant within the group of malignant tumors. High SUV was found to correlate with larger tumor size, higher nuclear grade, and the triple-negative hormonal receptor profile. High ADC was revealed to be correlated with negative progesterone receptor and positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 profile. Higher SUVs also showed a correlation with poor prognosis. No correlation was seen between ADC and prognosis. Both SUV and ADC are helpful parameters in differentiating

  8. Practical Aspects of 18F-FDG PET When Receiving 18F-FDG from a Distant Supplier.

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    Ducharme, Jaylene; Goertzen, Andrew L; Patterson, Judy; Demeter, Sandor

    2009-09-01

    With PET becoming more widely used, there is an increase in the number of imaging centers being forced to rely on distant suppliers of (18)F-FDG. Because of the large distances between major urban centers, this is particularly true for PET centers in Canada. Our PET center, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, currently purchases (18)F-FDG from a commercial vendor located more than 1,000 km from Winnipeg, necessitating transport by commercial airline cargo. This dependence on air transport and a distant supplier creates a situation in which our (18)F-FDG supply is less reliable than it would be with onsite production. In this article, we offer insight into the obstacles we have encountered in imaging with a distant supplier of (18)F-FDG and the solutions we have implemented to minimize the disruption to our patients and maximize the number of scans performed each year. The development of contingency plans and protocols designed to suit our operating environment has allowed us to increase the number of patient scans obtained from 659 in year 1 to 993 in year 3, an increase of 51%, despite an increase in our actual number of scan days of only 24%. (18)F-FDG injection timetables are presented for a variety of scenarios including normal delivery, low shipped activity, and delayed delivery. Through the careful establishment of contingency protocols and management of (18)F-FDG shipments, patient throughput can be increased and disruptions minimized.

  9. Comparison of 18F-FDG-PET/CT and 18F-FDG-PET/MR imaging in oncology: a systematic review.

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    Singnurkar, Amit; Poon, Raymond; Metser, Ur

    2017-06-01

    The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature to evaluate the clinical performance of integrated (18)F-FDG PET/MR as compared with (18)F-FDG PET/CT in oncologic imaging. The literature was searched using MEDLINE and EMBASE via OVID. Studies comparing the diagnostic accuracy of integrated (18)F-FDG PET/MR and (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis, staging/restaging, assessment of treatment response, or evaluation of metastasis in patients with suspected or diagnosed cancers were deemed eligible for inclusion. Risk of bias and applicability concerns were assessed using the QUADAS-2 tool. Twenty studies met the inclusion criteria. The overall quality of the studies was rated favorably with bias or applicability concerns in a few studies. Our review suggests that (18)F-FDG PET/MR performs comparably to (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of local lymph node and distant metastases and superiorly in determining the local extent of tumor. SUV obtained from (18)F-FDG PET/MR correlated highly with those obtained from (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Based on early evidence, (18)F-FDG PET/MR is comparable to (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the clinical scenarios examined in this review. The potential for interchangeability of (18)F-FDG PET/MR with (18)F-FDG PET/CT will vary by indication and the body site that is being imaged, with PET scanners integrated with MRI predicted to provide greater detail in the evaluation of local tumor extent, where (18)F-FDG PET/CT can be limited.

  10. The Predictive Value of Early Assessment After 1 Cycle of Induction Chemotherapy with 18F-FDG PET/CT and Diffusion-Weighted MRI for Response to Radical Chemoradiotherapy in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

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    Wong, Kee H; Panek, Rafal; Welsh, Liam; Mcquaid, Dualta; Dunlop, Alex; Riddell, Angela; Murray, Iain; Du, Yong; Chua, Sue; Koh, Dow-Mu; Bhide, Shreerang; Nutting, Chris; Oyen, Wim J G; Harrington, Kevin; Newbold, Kate L

    2016-12-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the predictive value of early assessment (after 1 cycle of induction chemotherapy [IC]) with (18)F-FDG PET/CT and diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI for subsequent response to radical chemoradiotherapy in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).

  11. [18F FDG PET-Applications in Oncology].

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    Răileanu, Irena; Rusu, V; Stefănescu, Cipriana; Cinotti, L; Hountis, D

    2002-01-01

    In the first part our intention was, essentially, to present the particularities of glucose tumoral cells metabolism, PET components, the synthesis of 18F FDG and the detection of unknown cancers. This second part makes reference about mainly types of tumors who benefit by FDG-PET indications. Clinical PET has a rapid growth because of its use in cancer diagnosis and management. According with published studies all over the world, the sensibility and specificity of FDG-PET, noninvasive method, is higher than that of the conventional methods like CT, IRM, ultrasonography. PET is en excellent detection method of most of common cancer types and depends not on the histological neoplasm type; the more aggressive is the tumor, more it will uptake the radiotracer. The cost is significant, so the indications must be very precise: evaluating the malignity of solitary pulmonary nodules, evaluating the recurrences of melanoma, colon cancer diagnosis, differentiation between recurrent brain tumor and radiation injury, differential diagnosis of the benign lymph and malign lymph nodes, staging of Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, evaluation the response to therapy. Because the PET images are difficult to interpret, appears the necessity of correlation with anatomic images: this was the fusion images beginnings (the PET and CT images combination); now the physiologic information has precise anatomic localization. The growing of this method is very probably, both using 18F FDG -thanks to its highly favorable physical characteristics- and other new radiopharmaceuticals. The clinical cases that illustrate the applications are investigated at CERMEP, Lyon, France.

  12. Multimodality Functional Imaging in Radiation Therapy Planning: Relationships between Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI, Diffusion-Weighted MRI, and 18F-FDG PET

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    Mera Iglesias, Moisés; Aramburu Núñez, David; del Olmo Claudio, José Luis; Salvador Gómez, Francisco; Driscoll, Brandon; Coolens, Catherine; Alba Castro, José L.; Muñoz, Victor

    2015-01-01

    Objectives. Biologically guided radiotherapy needs an understanding of how different functional imaging techniques interact and link together. We analyse three functional imaging techniques that can be useful tools for achieving this objective. Materials and Methods. The three different imaging modalities from one selected patient are ADC maps, DCE-MRI, and 18F-FDG PET/CT, because they are widely used and give a great amount of complementary information. We show the relationship between these three datasets and evaluate them as markers for tumour response or hypoxia marker. Thus, vascularization measured using DCE-MRI parameters can determine tumour hypoxia, and ADC maps can be used for evaluating tumour response. Results. ADC and DCE-MRI include information from 18F-FDG, as glucose metabolism is associated with hypoxia and tumour cell density, although 18F-FDG includes more information about the malignancy of the tumour. The main disadvantage of ADC maps is the distortion, and we used only low distorted regions, and extracellular volume calculated from DCE-MRI can be considered equivalent to ADC in well-vascularized areas. Conclusion. A dataset for achieving the biologically guided radiotherapy must include a tumour density study and a hypoxia marker. This information can be achieved using only MRI data or only PET/CT studies or mixing both datasets. PMID:25788972

  13. Role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in primary brain lymphoma.

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    de-Bonilla-Damiá, Á; Fernández-López, R; Capote-Huelva, F J; de la Cruz-Vicente, F; Egea-Guerrero, J J; Borrego-Dorado, I

    To study the usefulness of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the initial evaluation and in the response assessment in primary brain lymphoma. A retrospective analysis was carried out on 18 patients diagnosed with primary brain lymphoma, a histological subtype of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, on whom an initial (18)F-FDG PET/CT and MRI was performed, with 7 of the cases being analysed after the completion of treatment in order to assess response and clinical follow up. Initial (18)F-FDG PET/CT showed 26 hypermetabolic foci, whereas 46 lesions were detected by MRI. The average SUV maximum of the lesions was 17.56 with T/N 3.55. The concordance of both tests for identifying the same number of lesions was moderate, obtaining a kappa index of 0.395 (P<.001). In the evaluation of treatment, MRI identified 16 lesions compared to 7 pathological accumulations observed by (18)F-FDG PET/CT. The concordance of both tests to assess type of response to treatment was moderate (kappa index 0.41) (P=.04). In both the initial evaluation and the assessment of the response to treatment, PET/CT led to a change strategy in 22% of patients who had lesions outside the cerebral parenchyma. MRI appears to be the method of choice for detecting brain disease in patients with primary brain lymphoma, whereas (18)F-FDG PET/CT seems to play a relevant role in the assessment of extra-cerebral disease. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  14. Normal variations and benign findings in pediatric 18F-FDG-PET/CT.

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    Grant, Frederick D

    2014-04-01

    (18)F-FDG PET and PET/CT have a wide variety of indications in children and young adults. Oncologic indications are the most common, but others include neurology, sports medicine, cardiology, and infection imaging. Accurate interpretation of pediatric (18)F-FDG PET and PET/CT requires a technically adequate study and knowledgeable interpretation of the images. A successful pediatric (18)F-FDG PET requires age-appropriate patient preparation and consideration of patient age and developmental stage. Accurate interpretation of the study requires familiarity with normal patterns of physiologic (18)F-FDG uptake in children at all stages of development.

  15. Correlation of (18)F-FDG PET and MRI Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Histogram Metrics with Survival in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma: A Report from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium.

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    Zukotynski, Katherine A; Vajapeyam, Sridhar; Fahey, Frederic H; Kocak, Mehmet; Brown, Douglas; Ricci, Kelsey I; Onar-Thomas, Arzu; Fouladi, Maryam; Poussaint, Tina Young

    2017-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe baseline (18)F-FDG PET voxel characteristics in pediatric diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and to correlate these metrics with baseline MRI apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram metrics, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival. Methods: Baseline brain (18)F-FDG PET and MRI scans were obtained in 33 children from Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium clinical DIPG trials. (18)F-FDG PET images, postgadolinium MR images, and ADC MR images were registered to baseline fluid attenuation inversion recovery MR images. Three-dimensional regions of interest on fluid attenuation inversion recovery MR images and postgadolinium MR images and (18)F-FDG PET and MR ADC histograms were generated. Metrics evaluated included peak number, skewness, and kurtosis. Correlation between PET and MR ADC histogram metrics was evaluated. PET pixel values within the region of interest for each tumor were plotted against MR ADC values. The association of these imaging markers with survival was described. Results: PET histograms were almost always unimodal (94%, vs. 6% bimodal). None of the PET histogram parameters (skewness or kurtosis) had a significant association with PFS, although a higher PET postgadolinium skewness tended toward a less favorable PFS (hazard ratio, 3.48; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.75-16.28 [P = 0.11]). There was a significant association between higher MR ADC postgadolinium skewness and shorter PFS (hazard ratio, 2.56; 95% CI, 1.11-5.91 [P = 0.028]), and there was the suggestion that this also led to shorter overall survival (hazard ratio, 2.18; 95% CI, 0.95-5.04 [P = 0.067]). Higher MR ADC postgadolinium kurtosis tended toward shorter PFS (hazard ratio, 1.30; 95% CI, 0.98-1.74 [P = 0.073]). PET and MR ADC pixel values were negatively correlated using the Pearson correlation coefficient. Further, the level of PET and MR ADC correlation was significantly positively associated with PFS; tumors with higher

  16. Candida Esophagitis Incidentally Detected by 18F-FDG PET/CT in Metastatic Lung Adenocarcinoma

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    Martínez-Amador, N; Martínez-Rodríguez, I; Quirce, R; Jiménez-Bonilla, J; Banzo, I

    2017-01-01

    The diagnostic significance of esophageal 18F-FDG uptake in oncologic patient is challenging. It may represent normal physiological uptake, inflammation, infection, or neoplasia. We present a patient with a recent diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer stage IV and esophageal mild uptake on 18F-FDG PET/CT scan. Biopsy of esophageal mucosa demonstrated Candida esophagitis.

  17. 18F-FDG PET and PET/CT in fever of unknown origin.

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    Meller, Johannes; Sahlmann, Carsten-Oliver; Scheel, Alexander Konrad

    2007-01-01

    Fever of unknown origin (FUO) was originally defined as recurrent fever of 38.3 degrees C or higher, lasting 2-3 wk or longer, and undiagnosed after 1 wk of hospital evaluation. The last criterion has undergone modification and is now generally interpreted as no diagnosis after appropriate inpatient or outpatient evaluation. The 3 major categories that account for most FUOs are infections, malignancies, and noninfectious inflammatory diseases. The diagnostic approach in FUO includes repeated physical investigations and thorough history-taking combined with standardized laboratory tests and simple imaging procedures. Nevertheless, there is a need for more complex or invasive techniques if this strategy fails. This review describes the impact of (18)F-FDG PET in the diagnostic work-up of FUO. (18)F-FDG accumulates in malignant tissues but also at the sites of infection and inflammation and in autoimmune and granulomatous diseases by the overexpression of distinct facultative glucose transporter (GLUT) isotypes (mainly GLUT-1 and GLUT-3) and by an overproduction of glycolytic enzymes in cancer cells and inflammatory cells. The limited data of prospective studies indicate that (18)F-FDG PET has the potential to play a central role as a second-line procedure in the management of patients with FUO. In these studies, the PET scan contributed to the final diagnosis in 25%-69% of the patients. In the category of infectious diseases, a diagnosis of focal abdominal, thoracic, or soft-tissue infection, as well as chronic osteomyelitis, can be made with a high degree of certainty. Negative findings on (18)F-FDG PET essentially rule out orthopedic prosthetic infections. In patients with noninfectious inflammatory diseases, (18)F-FDG PET is of importance in the diagnosis of large-vessel vasculitis and seems to be useful in the visualization of other diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, sarcoidosis, and painless subacute thyroiditis. In patients with tumor fever, diseases

  18. [Interpretation of thyroid incidentalomas in (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies].

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    Achury, C; Estorch, M; Domènech, A; Camacho, V; Flotats, A; Jaller, R; Geraldo, L; Deportós, J; Montes, A; Carrió, I

    2014-01-01

    Thyroid findings or incidentalomas in (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies are relatively frequent, being its clinical significance subject of controversy. The aim of this study was to show our experience in the detection of thyroid incidentalomas by PET/CT studies as well as its follow up. A retrospective and descriptive review was conducted on patients who had thyroid incidentalomas detected in (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies between June 2010 and March 2013. Patient's medical records were reviewed for age, genre, maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), thyroid diseases, TSH and antithyroid antibodies levels, ultrasound, fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and cytology. 4085 PET/CT studies for several purposes were performed. Eighty-three of these studies (2.03%) showed thyroid incidentalomas. Thirty-seven patients showed a diffuse increase of glucose metabolism in the thyroid gland and 46 showed a focal increase of glucose metabolism. Five out of 46 patients with focal uptake were diagnosed of a neoplastic disease by cytology (11%). The SUVmax of malignant pathology did not differ from that of benign thyroid diseases (Mean: 10,26 and 5,92 respectively). In our experience, focal thyroid incidentalomas detected in (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies are related to a significant risk of malignancy (11%). Therefore, in these situations, an ultrasound study with fine needle biopsy should be recommended. Moreover, a diffuse increase of glucose metabolism in the thyroid gland is often associated with benign thyroid pathology. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  19. Incidental Detection of Femoral Pseudoaneurysm at 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Nougaret, Stephanie; Ragucci, Monica; Bach, Ariadne M.; Carollo, Gabriella; Mannelli, Lorenzo

    2016-01-01

    A 72-year-old man with history of lung cancer and melanoma was referred for routine follow-up with 18F-FDG PET/CT. CT images showed a new mass in the right groin associated with mild FDG activity on 18F-FDG PET images. Subsequent ultrasound obtained the same day demonstrated flow within the lesion to be a pseudoaneurysm of the right femoral artery. PMID:26462043

  20. [(18)F]FDG PET monitoring of tumour response to chemotherapy: does [(18)F]FDG uptake correlate with the viable tumour cell fraction?

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    Spaepen, Karoline; Stroobants, Sigrid; Dupont, Patrick; Bormans, Guy; Balzarini, Jan; Verhoef, Gregor; Mortelmans, Luc; Vandenberghe, Peter; De Wolf-Peeters, Christine

    2003-05-01

    Because metabolic changes induced by chemotherapy precede the morphological changes, fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ([(18)F]FDG PET) is thought to predict response to therapy earlier and more accurately than other modalities. To be a reliable predictor of response, changes in tumour [(18)F]FDG uptake should reflect changes in viable cell fraction, but little is known about the contribution of apoptotic and necrotic cancer cells and inflammatory tissue to the [(18)F]FDG signal. In a tumour mouse model we investigated the relation between chemotherapy-induced changes in various tumoral components and tumour uptake and size. SCID mice were subcutaneously inoculated in the right thigh with 5 x 10(6) Daudi cells. When the tumour measured 15-20 mm, Endoxan was given intravenously. At different time points [1-15 days (d1-d15) after the injection of Endoxan], ex vivo autoradiography and histopathology were performed in two mice and [(18)F]FDG uptake in the tumour and tumour size were correlated with the different cell fractions measured with flow cytometry in five mice. At d1/d3, similar reductions in [(18)F]FDG uptake and viable tumoral cell fraction were observed and these reductions preceded changes in tumour size. By d8/d10, [(18)F]FDG uptake had stabilised despite a further reduction in viable tumoral cell fraction. At these time points a major inflammatory response was observed. At d15, an increase in viable tumour cells was again observed and this was accurately predicted by an increase in [(18)F]FDG uptake, while the tumour volume remained unchanged. In contrast with variations in tumour volume, [(18)F]FDG is a good marker for chemotherapy response monitoring. However, optimal timing seems crucial since a transient increase in stromal reaction may result in overestimation of the fraction of viable cells.

  1. 18F-FDG PET/CT oncologic imaging at extended injection-to-scan acquisition time intervals derived from a single-institution 18F-FDG-directed surgery experience: feasibility and quantification of 18F-FDG accumulation within 18F-FDG-avid lesions and background tissues

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    2014-01-01

    Background 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is a well-established imaging modality for a wide variety of solid malignancies. Currently, only limited data exists regarding the utility of PET/CT imaging at very extended injection-to-scan acquisition times. The current retrospective data analysis assessed the feasibility and quantification of diagnostic 18F-FDG PET/CT oncologic imaging at extended injection-to-scan acquisition time intervals. Methods 18F-FDG-avid lesions (not surgically manipulated or altered during 18F-FDG-directed surgery, and visualized both on preoperative and postoperative 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging) and corresponding background tissues were assessed for 18F-FDG accumulation on same-day preoperative and postoperative 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging. Multiple patient variables and 18F-FDG-avid lesion variables were examined. Results For the 32 18F-FDG-avid lesions making up the final 18F-FDG-avid lesion data set (from among 7 patients), the mean injection-to-scan times of the preoperative and postoperative 18F-FDG PET/CT scans were 73 (±3, 70-78) and 530 (±79, 413-739) minutes, respectively (P < 0.001). The preoperative and postoperative mean 18F-FDG-avid lesion SUVmax values were 7.7 (±4.0, 3.6-19.5) and 11.3 (±6.0, 4.1-29.2), respectively (P < 0.001). The preoperative and postoperative mean background SUVmax values were 2.3 (±0.6, 1.0-3.2) and 2.1 (±0.6, 1.0-3.3), respectively (P = 0.017). The preoperative and postoperative mean lesion-to-background SUVmax ratios were 3.7 (±2.3, 1.5-9.8) and 5.8 (±3.6, 1.6-16.2), respectively, (P < 0.001). Conclusions 18F-FDG PET/CT oncologic imaging can be successfully performed at extended injection-to-scan acquisition time intervals of up to approximately 5 half-lives for 18F-FDG while maintaining good/adequate diagnostic image quality. The resultant increase in the 18F-FDG-avid lesion SUVmax values, decreased background SUVmax values, and

  2. Role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in patients affected by Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

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    Albano, Domenico; Bosio, Giovanni; Giubbini, Raffaele; Bertagna, Francesco

    2017-07-26

    Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare hematological disorder for which the utility of(18)F-FDG PET/CT is unclear. Our aim was to explore the metabolic features of LCH and the possible role of(18)F-FDG PET/CT in LCH evaluation. We found 17 patients with histologically proven LCH who underwent 17(18)F-FDG PET/CT scans for staging and 42 scans for restaging/follow-up purposes. PET/CT results were compared with those obtained from other conventional imaging modalities (bone scintigraphy, plain radiogram, computed tomography, magnetic resonance). (18)F-FDG PET/CT was positive in 15/17 patients, and it detected 36/37 lesions; all bone and extraskeletal lesions, except for a cecal lesion, were(18)F-FDG-avid. Only 1/4 of the patients with lung LCH had hypermetabolic lesions. The average SUVmax of the FDG-avid lesions was 7.3 ± 6.7, the average lesion-to-liver SUVmax ratio was 3.4 ± 2.5, and the average lesion-to-blood pool SUVmax ratio was 4 ± 3.2. In comparison to other imaging methods,(18)F-FDG PET/CT detected additional lesions or was able to evaluate treatment response earlier in 33/74 cases; it was confirmatory in 38/74 and detected fewer lesions in 3/74 (all three with lung LCH). (18)F-FDG PET/CT seems to be useful for evaluating LCH when compared to conventional imaging, except in pulmonary cases. It can be used both for staging and restaging purposes.

  3. Correlation of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) with the standardized uptake value (SUV) in lymph node metastases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients using hybrid 18F-FDG PET/MRI.

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    Schaarschmidt, Benedikt Michael; Buchbender, Christian; Nensa, Felix; Grueneisen, Johannes; Grueneien, Johannes; Gomez, Benedikt; Köhler, Jens; Reis, Henning; Ruhlmann, Verena; Umutlu, Lale; Heusch, Philipp

    2015-01-01

    To compare the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in lymph node metastases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with standardized uptake values (SUV) derived from combined 18F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose-positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (18F-FDG PET/MRI). 38 patients with histopathologically proven NSCLC (mean age 60.1 ± 9.5 y) received whole-body PET/CT (Siemens mCT™) 60 min after injection of a mean dose of 280 ± 50 MBq 18F-FDG and subsequent PET/MRI (mean time after tracer injection: 139 ± 26 min, Siemens Biograph mMR). During PET acquisition, simultaneous diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI, b values: 0, 500, 1000 s/mm²) was performed. A maximum of 10 lymph nodes per patient suspicious for malignancy were analyzed. Regions of interest (ROI) were drawn covering the entire lymph node on the attenuation-corrected PET-image and the monoexponential ADC-map. According to histopathology or radiological follow-up, lymph nodes were classified as benign or malignant. Pearson's correlation coefficients were calculated for all lymph node metastases correlating SUVmax and SUVmean with ADCmean. A total of 146 suspicious lymph nodes were found in 25 patients. One hundred lymph nodes were eligible for final analysis. Ninety-one lymph nodes were classified as malignant and 9 as benign according to the reference standard. In malignant lesions, mean SUVmax was 9.1 ± 3.8 and mean SUVmean was 6.0 ± 2.5 while mean ADCmean was 877.0 ± 128.6 x10(-5) mm²/s in PET/MRI. For all malignant lymph nodes, a weak, inverse correlation between SUVmax and ADCmean as well as SUVmean and ADCmean (r = -0.30, p<0.05 and r = -0.36, p<0.05) existed. The present data show a weak inverse correlation between increased glucose-metabolism and cellularity in lymph node metastases of NSCLC patients. 18F-FDG-PET and DWI thus may offer complementary information for the evaluation of treatment response in lymph node metastases of NSCLC.

  4. 18F-FDG-PET/CT in fever of unknown origin: clinical value.

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    Buch-Olsen, Karen M; Andersen, Rikke V; Hess, Søren; Braad, Poul-Erik; Schifter, Søren

    2014-09-01

    Fever of unknown origin continues to be a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. The aim of this study was to confirm whether (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG)-PET/computed tomography (CT) is a helpful tool in patients suffering from this condition. Fifty-seven patients with fever of unknown origin were examined with (18)F-FDG-PET/CT as part of their diagnostic workup at the clinicians' discretion. The medical records were read retrospectively to establish the final diagnosis and evaluate the degree to which PET/CT contributed to the diagnosis. The examination was considered helpful if it corresponded to the final diagnosis by showing uptake in an organ considered responsible for the condition, or if it was without focal findings, thereby excluding the patient from having focal infection or malignancy. It was perceived false positive if it pointed towards an organ not regarded by the clinicians as being related to the final diagnosis. It was perceived not helpful if the cause of fever was not visible on (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. We found (18)F-FDG-PET/CT helpful in 75% of patients, not helpful in 4%, and false positive in 21% of patients. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT is a useful tool in the investigation of fever of unknown origin; it can reduce patient inconvenience and possibly costs to society if used earlier in the diagnostic process.

  5. The role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of osteosarcoma recurrence.

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    Angelini, Andrea; Ceci, Francesco; Castellucci, Paolo; Graziani, Tiziano; Polverari, Giulia; Trovarelli, Giulia; Palmerini, Emanuela; Ferrari, Stefano; Fanti, Stefano; Ruggieri, Pietro

    2017-09-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in osteosarcoma patients suspicious for disease recurrence after adequate surgical therapy. Inclusion criteria were: a) adequate surgical treatment for proven osteosarcoma and documented complete remission after therapy; b) (18)F-FDG-PET/CT performed during follow-up for clinical/diagnostic suspicion of relapse; c) new surgical treatment with excision of the suspected lesions; d) histological validation of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT findings. Thirty-seven patients matching all inclusion criteria were retrospectively enrolled (20 men and 17 female). Primary surgical treatment consists of resection (31 cases) or amputation (six cases). (18)F-FDG-PET/CT performance was assessed with a per-patient and per-site evaluation of sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predicting value (PPV), and negative predicting value (NPV). The sites of relapse were classified as local, lung, lymphnodes (LNs), and distant (other skeletal segments and/or distant soft tissue). The disease-free survival (DFS) and the overall survival (OS) after 18F-FDG PET/CT were evaluated. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was positive in 89.2% (33/37) of patients. Local uptake only was observed in 35.1% patients (13/37); lung uptake only in 18.9% (7/37); distant uptake only in 2.7% (1/37) case; multiple sites of uptake in 32.4% (12/37). Histology resulted positive in 92% (34/37) of patients. A total of 51 pathologic lesions were evaluated (22 local relapse, 11 lung metastasis, 10 metastatic LNs, eight distant metastatic lesions). On a per-patient analysis (18)F-FDG-PET/CT showed a sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, PPV, and NPV of 91%, 75%, 89%, 97%, 50%. On a per-site analysis the performance for local relapse was 96%, 100%, 97%, 100%, 93%, while for lung relapse detection was 80%, 100%, 92%, 100%, 88%. The mean follow-up after (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was 21.5 months. At the last follow-up, 19% (7/37) of patients were death with disease, 38% (14

  6. Intraindividual homogeneity of (18)F-FDG PET/CT parameters in HPV-positive OPSCC.

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    Sharma, Shachi Jenny; Wittekindt, Claus; Knuth, Jennifer; Steiner, Dagmar; Wuerdemann, Nora; Laur, Maren; Kroll, Tobias; Wagner, Steffen; Klussmann, Jens Peter

    2017-10-01

    (18)F-FDG PET/CT is widely used in clinical oncology. Human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) represents an emerging disease that differs from HPV-negative OPSCC in clinical behavior and tumour biology. In these tumours, HPV-oncogenes might lead to distinct alterations in metabolic pathways. Therefore, we compared metabolic parameters using (18)F-FDG PET/CT in HPV-positive and HPV-negative OPSCC in relation to histopathological findings. Eighty-six patients with OPSCC received pre-therapeutic (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Standardised uptake volume (SUV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG) and metabolic tumour volume (MTV) were analysed for the primary tumour. SUVmax was determined for neck lymph nodes. HPV-status was determined; overall survival rates (OS) were estimated. 32/86 patients (37.2%) had HPV-related OPSCC. Overall, PET-parameters in primary tumours of both groups did not differ significantly. Comparing early with locally advanced primary tumours, there was a significant increase in (18)F-FDG uptake in HPV-negative patients (p<0.001). Positive nodes of HPV-related OPSCC showed significantly higher SUVmax values (p=0.039) compared to HPV-negative OPSCC. Strikingly, there was a higher intraindividual homogeneity of (18)F-FDG uptake between primary and respective positive nodes in HPV-related primary OPSCC (p=0.001). SUV-max and -mean values did not correlate with OS in HPV-related OPSCC. The intraindividual homogeneity of 18F-FDG uptake in HPV-related OPSCC could reflect the more homogenously, HPV-triggered carcinogenesis compared to the mutation-driven carcinogenesis in the HPV-negative OPSCC with heterogenic (18)F-FDG uptake. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. [Study of patients with prolonged fever with (18)F-FDG PET/CT].

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    Moragas, M; Cozar, M Puig; Buxeda, M; Soler, M; Riera, E; García, J R

    2015-01-01

    To review the findings on (18)F-FDG PET-CT in patients with fever of unknown origin lasting more than 7 days. This retrospective descriptive observational study included 93 (18)F-FDG PET-CT studies to detect a fever-causing focus done at three nuclear medicine centers from October 2006 through February 2014. A nuclear medicine specialist and a radiologist reviewed the images for foci of pathological uptake; another specialist's opinion resolved discrepancies. The findings on (18)F-FDG PET-CT studies were checked against clinical and/or histological findings. Abnormal (18)F-FDG uptake on PET-CT that could explain the cause of the fever was found in 52 (56%) of the 93 studies, and the cause of the fever was confirmed in 50 of these 52 studies. In the 50 cases in which the cause of the fever was confirmed, infection was the most common cause (54%), followed by noninfectious inflammatory disease (28%) and tumors (18%). (18)F-FDG PET-CT is useful in diagnosing the cause of prolonged febrile illness, so it might be practical to use it earlier in the diagnostic process. Copyright © 2014 SERAM. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  8. Regional, kinetic [18F]FDG PET imaging of a unilateral Parkinsonian animal model

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    Silva, Matthew D; Glaus, Charles; Hesterman, Jacob Y; Hoppin, Jack; Puppa, Geraldine Hill della; Kazules, Timothy; Orcutt, Kelly M; Germino, Mary; Immke, David; Miller, Silke

    2013-01-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with the glucose analog 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F] FDG) has demonstrated clinical utility for the monitoring of brain glucose metabolism alteration in progressive neurodegenerative diseases. We examined dynamic [18F]FDG PET imaging and kinetic modeling of atlas-based regions to evaluate regional changes in the cerebral metabolic rate of glucose in the widely-used 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) rat model of Parkinson’s disease. Following a bolus injection of 18.5 ± 1 MBq [18F]FDG and a 60-minute PET scan, image-derived input functions from the vena cava and left ventricle were used with three models, including Patlak graphical analysis, to estimate the influx constant and the metabolic rate in ten brain regions. We observed statistically significant changes in [18F]FDG uptake ipsilateral to the 6-OHDA injection in the basal ganglia, olfactory bulb, and amygdala regions; and these changes are of biological relevance to the disease. These experiments provide further validation for the use of [18F]FDG PET imaging in this model for drug discovery and development. PMID:23526185

  9. Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis: Potential Pitfall on Oncologic 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Broski, Stephen M; Murdoch, Nathan M; Skinner, John A; Wenger, Doris E

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluated the semiquantitative and qualitative appearance of pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) and giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCTTS) on 18F-FDG PET/CT. An institutional review board-approved retrospective review was performed for patients diagnosed with GCTTS, focal PVNS, or diffuse PVNS who underwent PET/CT from 2003 to 2013. SUVmax and SUVmax/SUVmean of the liver (SUVr) were determined for each lesion on all available PET/CTs. Relevant conventional imaging and patient records were reviewed. Fourteen patients (mean [SD] age, 52.8 [14.0] years; range, 26-74 years) were identified, 6 with 2 or more PET/CT examinations. The mean (SD) SUVmax and SUVr of all lesions were 8.7 (3.4; range, 4.0-14.5) and 3.9 (1.7; range, 2.0-7.1), respectively. There was no difference of the mean (SD) SUVmax (P = 0.10) or SUVr (P = 0.11) between focal PVNS (6.8 [3.0], 3.3 [1.9]), GCTTS (9.1 [3.0], 4.0 [1.2]), or diffuse PVNS (14.5, 7.1) subtypes. Of 29 comparison PET/CTs in 6 patients, 17 were performed after nontargeted chemotherapy and 12 without antecedent therapy. Significant SUVr fluctuations (>25%) occurred in 11 cases; no correlation existed between SUVr change and presence or absence of chemotherapy. Pigmented villonodular synovitis and GCTTS can be intensely hypermetabolic, mimicking musculoskeletal metastases on 18F-FDG PET/CT. They may have significant SUV fluctuations, both during nontargeted chemotherapy and between treatments. The diagnosis of PVNS/GCTTS should be considered for focal intra-articular or juxta-articular FDG-avid lesions, and MRI is useful in further evaluation given the often diagnostic imaging features with this modality.

  10. 18F-FDG PET and intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) images compared with histology of atherosclerotic plaques: 18F-FDG accumulates in foamy macrophages.

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    Ishino, Seigo; Ogawa, Mikako; Mori, Ikuo; Nishimura, Satoshi; Ikeda, Shota; Sugita, Taku; Oikawa, Tatsuo; Horiguchi, Takashi; Magata, Yasuhiro

    2014-04-01

    Intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) and (18)F-FDG PET have been used to evaluate the efficacy of antiatherosclerosis drugs. These two modalities image different characteristics of atherosclerotic plaques, and a comparison of IVUS and PET images with histology has not been performed. The aim of this study was to align IVUS and PET images using anatomic landmarks in Watanabe heritable hyperlipidaemic (WHHL) rabbits, enabling comparison of their depiction of aortic atherosclerosis. Cellular (18)F-FDG localization was evaluated by (3)H-FDG microautoradiography (micro-ARG). A total of 19 WHHL rabbits (7 months of age) were divided into three groups: baseline (n = 6), 3 months (n = 4), and 6 months (n = 9). PET, IVUS and histological images of the same aortic segments were analysed. Infiltration by foamy macrophages was scored from 0 to IV using haematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and antimacrophage immunohistochemical staining, and compared with (3)H-FDG micro-ARG findings in two additional WHHL rabbits. IVUS images did not identify foamy macrophage deposition but revealed the area of intimal lesions (r = 0.87). (18)F-FDG PET revealed foamy macrophage distribution in the plaques. The intensity of (18)F-FDG uptake was correlated positively with the degree of foamy macrophage infiltration. Micro-ARG showed identical (3)H-FDG accumulation in the foamy macrophages surrounding the lipid core of the plaques. F-FDG PET localized and quantified the degree of infiltration of foamy macrophages in atherosclerotic lesions. IVUS defined the size of lesions. (18)F-FDG PET is a promising imaging technique for evaluating atherosclerosis and for monitoring changes in the composition of atherosclerotic plaques affecting their stability.

  11. Diagnosing neuroleukemiosis: Is there a role for (18)F-FDG-PET/CT?

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    Sabaté-Llobera, A; Cortés-Romera, M; Gamundí-Grimalt, E; Sánchez-Fernández, J J; Rodríguez-Bel, L; Gámez-Cenzano, C

    2017-05-04

    An imaging case is presented on a patient referred to our department for an (18)F-FDG-PET/CT, as a paraneoplastic syndrome was suspected due to his clinical situation. He had a history of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treated two years earlier, with sustained complete remission to date. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT findings revealed hypermetabolism in almost all nerve roots, suggesting meningeal spread, consistent with the subsequent MRI findings. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) findings confirmed a leptomeningeal reactivation of AML. Although not many studies have evaluated the role of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in leukemia, it is a noninvasive tool for detecting extramedullary sites of disease and a good imaging alternative for those patients on whom an MRI cannot be performed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  12. Prognostic Importance of Bone Marrow Uptake on Baseline (18)F-FDG Positron Emission Tomography in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.

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    Soydal, Cigdem; Koksoy, Elif Berna; Yasar, Arzu; Turgal, Ebru; Erdogan, Beyza Doganay; Akbulut, Hakan; Kucuk, Nuriye Ozlem

    2016-12-01

    To define the role of (18)F-flourodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) in the detection of bone marrow (BM) involvement in patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Fifty-four (mean age: 55.5 ± 18.3 years, 20 female and 34 male) DLBCL patients who underwent pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET/CT were included to the study. Focal or diffuse BM (18)F-FDG uptake that is higher than mediastinal blood pool uptake was accepted as positive. After staging of disease by CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT, all the patients received R-CHOP treatment after diagnostic blinded bone marrow biopsy (BMB). Presence of positive BM uptake in (18)F-FDG PET/CT and histopathological examination results of BMBs were analyzed by Chi-square test. Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of BM involvement were calculated. Prognostic importance of the presence of BM (18)F-FDG uptake was analyzed by Kaplan-Meier analysis. BM (18)F-FDG uptake was detected in 8 patients. Histopathological examination of BMB revealed BM involvement in 6 out of 8 patients. BMB was negative in all patients who have no (18)F-FDG uptake in the evaluation of PET/CT images. Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, PPV, and NPV of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of BM involvement were calculated as 100%, 96%, 96%, 75%, and 100%, respectively. In the Kaplan-Meier analysis, we found that presence of pretreatment (18)F-FDG uptake in BM has a prognostic importance. Whereas mean time to progression (TTP) in patients with BM uptake was 32.25 ± 10.9 months and mean TTP in those without was 51.69 ± 3.6 months (p = 0.013). BM uptake in pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET/CT is an important prognostic factor in DLBCL patients. Moreover, in consideration of high NPV, (18)F-FDG PET/CT could eliminate unnecessary BMB in FDG-negative patients.

  13. 18F-FDG PET in the Evaluation of Acuity of Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    Rondina, Matthew T.; Lam, Uyen T.; Pendleton, Robert C.; Kraiss, Larry W.; Wanner, Nathan; Zimmerman, Guy A.; Hoffman, John M.; Hanrahan, Christopher; Boucher, Kenneth; Christian, Paul E.; Butterfield, Regan I.; Morton, Kathryn A.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose 18F-FDG PET has been used for vascular disease, but its role in deep vein thrombosis (DVT) remains prospectively unexplored. Patients and Methods Whole-body 18F-FDG PET/CT scans were performed in patients 1 to 10 weeks after onset of symptomatic DVT (n = 12) and in control subjects without DVT (n = 24). The metabolic activity (SUVmax) of thrombosed and contralateral nonthrombosed vein segments was determined. The sensitivity and specificity of 18F-FDG PET/CT for the diagnosis of DVT were determined by receiver operating characteristic curve analyses. In 2 patients with DVT, changes in the metabolic activity of thrombosed vein segments in serial 18F-FDG PET scans. Results The metabolic activity in thrombosed veins [SUVmax, 2.41 (0.75)] was visually appreciable and significantly higher than in nonthrombosed veins in either the contralateral extremity of patients with DVT [SUVmax, 1.09 (0.25), P = 0.007] or control subjects [1.21 (0.22), P < 001]. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for SUVmax was 0.9773 (P < 001), indicating excellent accuracy. An SUVmax threshold of greater than 1.645 was 87.5% sensitive and 100% specific for DVT. Metabolic activity in thrombosed veins correlated significantly with time from DVT symptom onset (decrease in SUVmax of 0.02/d, P < 0.05). Best-fit-line analyses suggested that approximately 84 to 91 days after acute DVT, the maximum metabolic activity of thrombosed veins would return to normal levels. Conclusions 18F-FDG PET/CT is accurate for detecting acute symptomatic, proximal DVT. Metabolic activity in thrombosed veins decreases with time, suggesting that 18F-FDG PET may be helpful in assessing the age of the clot. PMID:23154470

  14. Early detection of encephalitis with (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Gaeta, M C; Godani, M; Nunziata, R; Capellini, C; Ciarmiello, A

    2015-01-01

    Encephalitis is a relatively rare condition for which making an accurate diagnosis can be challenging. In fact, clinical features are not specific and structural imaging can be normal in a considerable number of cases. However, an early diagnosis is important as many forms of treatment are effective if started promptly. Even though recent guidelines do not recommend (18)F-FDG PET/CT for patients with suspected encephalitis, the case presented suggests that (18)F-FDG PET/CT may play a relevant role for the early diagnosis of this clinical condition. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  15. The value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in diagnosing infectious endocarditis.

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    Kouijzer, Ilse J E; Vos, Fidel J; Janssen, Marcel J R; van Dijk, Arie P J; Oyen, Wim J G; Bleeker-Rovers, Chantal P

    2013-07-01

    Early detection of infectious endocarditis is challenging. For diagnosing infectious endocarditis, the revised Duke criteria are the gold standard. Evidence of endocardial involvement on echocardiography is a major criterion, but sensitivity and specificity of echocardiography are not optimal. Here we investigated the utility of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT) to diagnose infectious endocarditis in patients with gram-positive bacteraemia. Seventy-two patients with gram-positive bacteraemia were prospectively included. Patients with a positive blood culture growing Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus species or Enterococcus species were eligible when a risk factor for developing metastatic infectious foci was present. Infectious endocarditis was defined according to the revised Duke criteria. All patients underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT and echocardiography. (18)F-FDG uptake in or around the heart valves was evaluated independently by two nuclear medicine physicians. Sensitivity for diagnosing infectious endocarditis with (18)F-FDG PET/CT was 39% and specificity was 93%. The positive predictive value was 64% and negative predictive value was 82%. The mortality rate in patients without infectious endocarditis and without increased (18)F-FDG uptake in or around the heart valves was 18%, and in patients without infectious endocarditis but with high (18)F-FDG uptake in or around the heart valves the mortality rate was 50% (p = 0.181). (18)F-FDG PET/CT is currently not sufficiently adequate for the diagnosis of infectious endocarditis because of its low sensitivity. Improvements such as patient preparation with low carbohydrate-fat allowed diet and technical advances in the newest PET/CT scanners may increase sensitivity in future studies.

  16. Thyroid Incidentalomas on (18)F-FDG PET/CT: Clinical Significance and Controversies.

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    Makis, William; Ciarallo, Anthony

    2017-10-03

    The purpose of the current study is to examine the incidence and clinical significance of unexpected focal uptake of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in the thyroid gland of oncology patients, the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of benign and malignant thyroid incidentalomas in these patients, and review the literature. Seven thousand two hundred fifty-two (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies performed over four years, were retrospectively reviewed. Studies with incidental focal (18)F-FDG uptake in the thyroid gland were further analyzed. Incidental focal thyroid (18)F-FDG uptake was identified in 157 of 7252 patients (2.2%). Sufficient follow-up data (≥12 months) were available in 128 patients, of whom 57 (45%) had a biopsy performed and 71 had clinical follow-up. Malignancy was diagnosed in 14 of 128 patients (10.9%). There was a statistically significant difference between the median SUVmax of benign thyroid incidentalomas (SUVmax 4.8) vs malignant (SUVmax 6.3), but the wide range of overlap between the two groups yielded no clinically useful SUVmax threshold value to determine malignancy. (18)F-FDG positive focal thyroid incidentalomas occurred in 2.2% of oncologic PET/CT scans, and were malignant in 10.9% of 128 patients. This is the lowest reported malignancy rate in a North American study to date, and significantly lower than the average malignancy rate (35%) reported in the literature. Invasive biopsy of all (18)F-FDG positive thyroid incidentalomas, as recommended by some studies, is unwarranted and further research to determine optimal management is needed. There was no clinically useful SUVmax cut-off value to determine malignancy and PET/CT may not be a useful imaging modality to follow these patients conservatively.

  17. 18F-DG PET/CT in detection of recurrence and metastasis of colorectal cancer

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    Chen, Long-Bang; Tong, Jin-Long; Song, Hai-Zhu; Zhu, Hong; Wang, Yu-Cai

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the value of 18F-DG PET/CT in detecting recurrence and/or metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Combined visual analysis with semiquantitative analysis, the 18F-DG PET/CT whole-body imaging results and the corresponding clinical data of 68 postoperative CRC patients including 48 male and 20 female with average age of 58.1 were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Recurrence and/or metastasis were confirmed in 56 patients in the clinical follow-up after the PET/CT imaging. The sensitivity of PET/CT diagnosis of CRC recurrence and/or metastasis was 94.6%, and the specificity was 83.3%. The positive predictive value (PPV) was 96.4% and the negative predictive value (NPV) was 76.9%. PET/CT imaging detected one or more occult malignant lesions in 8 cases where abdominal/pelvic CT and/or ultrasonography showed negative findings, and also detected more lesions than CT or ultrasonography did in 30.4% (17/56) cases. Recurrence and/or metastasis was detected in 91.7% (22/24) cases with elevated serum CEA levels by 18F-DG PET/CT imaging. CONCLUSION: 18F-DG PET/CT could detect the recurrence and/or metastasis of CRC with high sensitivity and specificity. PMID:17854148

  18. Natural history of atherosclerotic disease progression as assessed by (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Hetterich, Holger; Rominger, Axel; Walter, Lisa; Habs, Maximilian; Volpers, Sarah; Hacker, Marcus; Reiser, Maximilian F; Bartenstein, Peter; Saam, Tobias

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the impact of cardiovascular risk factors and plaque inflammation on the progression of atherosclerosis as assessed by positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging with (18)F-radiolabled fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG). This study was designed as a retrospective cohort study. Patients who received a (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan and follow-up scan 9-24 months later without systemic inflammation or steroid medication were eligible for the study. (18)F-FDG PET/CT included a full diagnostic contrast enhanced CT scan. Cardiovascular risk factors and medication were documented. Calcified plaque volume, lumen area and (18)F-FDG uptake, quantified by the target-to-background ratio (TBR), were measured in the carotid arteries, aorta and iliac arteries. Influence of cardiovascular risk factors and vessel wall inflammation on atherosclerotic disease progression was analyzed. Ninety-four patients underwent baseline and follow-up whole body (18)F-FDG PET/CT (mean follow-up time 14.5 ± 3.5 months). Annualized calcified plaque volume increased by 15.4 % (p < 0.0001), carotid and aortic lumen area decreased by 10.5 % (p < 0.0001) and 1.7 % (p = 0.045). There was no significant difference in (18)F-FDG uptake at baseline and follow-up (mean TBR 1.44 ± 0.18 vs. 1.42 ± 0.19, p = 0.18). Multiple linear regression analysis identified hypertension as an independent predictor for total, aortic and iliac calcified plaque volume progression (all p < 0.04). Carotid lumen reduction was predicted by hypercholesterolemia (p = 0.008) while aortic lumen reduction was associated with BMI and mean (18)F-FDG uptake (p ≤ 0.005). Furthermore we observed a dose response relationship between the number of cardiovascular risk factors and calcified plaque volume progression in the aorta (p = 0.03). Findings from this study provide data on the natural history of atherosclerotic disease burden in multiple vascular beds and emphasize the value of

  19. The Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT Integrated Imaging in Distinguishing Malignant from Benign Pleural Effusion

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    Sun, Yajuan; Yu, Hongjuan; Ma, Jingquan

    2016-01-01

    Objective The aim of our study was to evaluate the role of 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging in differentiating malignant from benign pleural effusion. Methods A total of 176 patients with pleural effusion who underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT examination to differentiate malignancy from benignancy were retrospectively researched. The images of CT imaging, 18F-FDG PET imaging and 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging were visually analyzed. The suspected malignant effusion was characterized by the presence of nodular or irregular pleural thickening on CT imaging. Whereas on PET imaging, pleural 18F-FDG uptake higher than mediastinal activity was interpreted as malignant effusion. Images of 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging were interpreted by combining the morphologic feature of pleura on CT imaging with the degree and form of pleural 18F-FDG uptake on PET imaging. Results One hundred and eight patients had malignant effusion, including 86 with pleural metastasis and 22 with pleural mesothelioma, whereas 68 patients had benign effusion. The sensitivities of CT imaging, 18F-FDG PET imaging and 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging in detecting malignant effusion were 75.0%, 91.7% and 93.5%, respectively, which were 69.8%, 91.9% and 93.0% in distinguishing metastatic effusion. The sensitivity of 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging in detecting malignant effusion was higher than that of CT imaging (p = 0.000). For metastatic effusion, 18F-FDG PET imaging had higher sensitivity (p = 0.000) and better diagnostic consistency with 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging compared with CT imaging (Kappa = 0.917 and Kappa = 0.295, respectively). The specificities of CT imaging, 18F-FDG PET imaging and 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging were 94.1%, 63.2% and 92.6% in detecting benign effusion. The specificities of CT imaging and 18F-FDG PET/CT integrated imaging were higher than that of 18F-FDG PET imaging (p = 0.000 and p = 0.000, respectively), and CT imaging had better diagnostic consistency with

  20. Advantages of (18)F FDG-PET/CT over Conventional Staging for Sarcoma Patients.

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    Németh, Zsuzsanna; Boér, Katalin; Borbély, Katalin

    2017-10-09

    The effective management of patients with sarcomas requires accurate diagnosis and staging. Imaging, such as ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the most freqently used methods for the detection of the lesion location, size, morphology and structural changes to adjacent tissues; however, these modalities provide little information about tumour biology. MRI is a robust and useful modality in tumour staging of sarcomas, however metabolic-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/ computer tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) provides greater accuracy to overall staging in combination with MRI [1]. The advantages of (18)F-FDG PET/CT method compared with CT and MRI is that it provides a whole body imaging, maps the viability of the tumour or the metabolic activity of the tissue. Additionally, PET detects the most agressive part of the tumour, demonstrates the biological behaviour of the tumour and therefore has a predictive value. Little data ara available on the role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the management of sarcomas. The present manuscript aims to provide a review of the major indications of (18)F-FDG PET/CT for diagnosis, staging, restaging and monitoring response to therapy and to compare its usefulness with the conventional imaging modalities in the management of patients with sarcomas.

  1. Plasmacytoma of the ovary: additional role of 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Santhosh, Sampath; Mittal, Bhagwant Rai; Raveendran, Ainharan; Jain, Vanita; Nijhawan, Raje; Kumar, Ritesh; Bhattacharya, Anish; Sharma, Suresh C

    2013-05-01

    We report a case of ovarian plasmacytomas where 18F-FDG PET/CT helped in staging by demonstrating increased FDG uptake limited to the ovary, and hence, surgical treatment was carried out as the disease was localized to the ovary.

  2. (18)F-FDG PET/CT delayed images with forced diuresis for revaluating abdominopelvic malignancies.

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    Wang, Hui-Chun; Wang, Zhi-Min; Wang, Yu-Bin; Chen, Xiao-Hong; Cui, Lan-Lan

    2017-05-01

    The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the role of delayed images after forced diuresis coupled with oral hydration in abdominopelvic (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Forty-six patients consisting of 17 urological diseases, 9 gynecological tumors, 18 colorectal malignancies, and 2 cancers of unknown primary site were retrospectively analyzed. All patients who presented with indeterminate or equivocal abdominopelvic foci on standard (18)F-FDG PET/CT underwent a delayed abdominopelvic imaging after administration of 20 mg furosemide intravenously and extra water intake of 500 mL. PET/CT images before and after furosemide were compared with each other and their findings correlated with pathology or clinical follow-up (>6 months). On initial PET/CT, the glucose metabolism characters of lesions were disguised by radioactive urine, or some undetermined (18)F-FDG accumulating foci near the urinary tract appeared. While postdiuretic PET/CT demonstrated an excellent urinary tracer washout, and hypermetabolic lesions could be clearly detected and precisely localized in all cases. On the other hand, the suspected active foci caused by potential stagnation of excreted (18)F-FDG in urinary tract were eliminated. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 94.4% (34/36), 8/10, 91.3% (42/46), respectively. Furthermore, the additional lesions with surrounding invasion or locoregional metastasis were discovered in 8 of 46 (17.4%) patients only by the delayed images, including 2 gynecological and 6 rectal malignancies. Detection of abdominopelvic malignancies can be improved using delayed (18)F-FDG PET/CT images after a diuretic and oral hydration.

  3. 18F-FDG PET/CT/MRI Fusion Images Showing Cranial and Peripheral Nerve Involvement in Neurolymphomatosis

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    Trevisan, Ana Carolina; Ribeiro, Fernanda Borges; Itikawa, Emerson Nobuyuki; Alexandre, Leonardo Santos; Pitella, Felipe Arriva; Santos, Antonio Carlos; Simões, Belinda Pinto; Wichert-Ana, Lauro

    2017-01-01

    We report a 56-year-old female patient with non-Hodgkin's diffuse large B cell lymphoma (NHL) who, on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a T1 weighted and gadolinium-enhanced imaging, was found to have thickening and infiltration in 75% of peripheral nerves of the patient and enlargements of cranial nerves, possibly related to lymphomatous infiltration. Subsequent positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) using 18F-labeled 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-d-glucose (18F-FDG) showed widespread active involvement of the cervical plexus, bilateral peripheral nerves, right femoral nerve, the parasellar region of the skull, and marked hypermetabolism in the left trigeminal ganglia. This case re-emphasizes that while CT and MRI provide anatomical details, 18F-FDG PET/CT images better delineate the metabolic activity of neurolymphomatosis (NL) in the peripheral and central nervous system. PMID:28242998

  4. Predicting Future Morphological Changes of Lesions from Radiotracer Uptake in 18F-FDG-PET Images

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    Bagci, Ulas; Yao, Jianhua; Miller-Jaster, Kirsten; Chen, Xinjian; Mollura, Daniel J.

    2013-01-01

    We introduce a novel computational framework to enable automated identification of texture and shape features of lesions on 18F-FDG-PET images through a graph-based image segmentation method. The proposed framework predicts future morphological changes of lesions with high accuracy. The presented methodology has several benefits over conventional qualitative and semi-quantitative methods, due to its fully quantitative nature and high accuracy in each step of (i) detection, (ii) segmentation, and (iii) feature extraction. To evaluate our proposed computational framework, thirty patients received 2 18F-FDG-PET scans (60 scans total), at two different time points. Metastatic papillary renal cell carcinoma, cerebellar hemongioblastoma, non-small cell lung cancer, neurofibroma, lymphomatoid granulomatosis, lung neoplasm, neuroendocrine tumor, soft tissue thoracic mass, nonnecrotizing granulomatous inflammation, renal cell carcinoma with papillary and cystic features, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, metastatic alveolar soft part sarcoma, and small cell lung cancer were included in this analysis. The radiotracer accumulation in patients' scans was automatically detected and segmented by the proposed segmentation algorithm. Delineated regions were used to extract shape and textural features, with the proposed adaptive feature extraction framework, as well as standardized uptake values (SUV) of uptake regions, to conduct a broad quantitative analysis. Evaluation of segmentation results indicates that our proposed segmentation algorithm has a mean dice similarity coefficient of 85.75±1.75%. We found that 28 of 68 extracted imaging features were correlated well with SUVmax (p<0.05), and some of the textural features (such as entropy and maximum probability) were superior in predicting morphological changes of radiotracer uptake regions longitudinally, compared to single intensity feature such as SUVmax. We also found that integrating textural features with SUV measurements

  5. (18) F-FDG-PET/CT as adjunctive diagnostic modalities in canine fever of unknown origin.

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    Grobman, Megan; Cohn, Leah; Knapp, Stephanie; Bryan, Jeffrey N; Reinero, Carol

    2017-09-18

    Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a persistent or recurrent fever for which the underlying source has not been identified despite diagnostic investigation. In people, (18) F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18) F-FDG-PET) alone or in combination with computed tomography (CT) is often beneficial in detecting the source of fever when other diagnostics have failed. Veterinary reports describing use of these modalities in animals with fever of unknown origin are currently lacking. Aims of this retrospective case series were to describe (18) F-FDG-PET or (18) F-FDG-PET/CT findings in a group of dogs with fever of unknown origin. Dogs presenting to a single center between April 2012 and August 2015 were included. A total of four dogs met inclusion criteria and underwent either positron emission tomography (n = 2) or positron emission tomography/CT (n = 2) as a part of their diagnostic investigation. All subjects underwent extensive diagnostic testing prior to (18) F-FDG-PET/CT. Initial diagnostic evaluation failed to identify either a cause of fever or an anatomic location of disease in these four dogs. In each dog, positron emission tomography or positron emission tomography/CT was either able to localize or rule out the presence of focal lesion thereby allowing for directed sampling and/or informed disease treatment. Follow up (18) F-FDG-PET/CT scans performed in two patients showed improvement of observed abnormalities (n = 1) or detected recurrence of disease allowing for repeated treatment before clinical signs recurred (n = 1). Fever resolved after specific treatment in each dog. Findings from the current study supported the use of positron emission tomography or positron emission tomography/CT as adjunctive imaging modalities for diagnosis and gauging response to therapy in dogs with fever of unknown origin. © 2017 American College of Veterinary Radiology.

  6. 18F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis of prosthetic valve endocarditis.

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    Fagman, Erika; van Essen, Martijn; Fredén Lindqvist, Johan; Snygg-Martin, Ulrika; Bech-Hanssen, Odd; Svensson, Gunnar

    2016-04-01

    Recent studies have shown promising results using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) in the diagnosis of prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE). However, previous studies did not include negative controls. The aim of this study was to compare (18)F-FDG-uptake around prosthetic aortic valves in patients with and without PVE and to determine the diagnostic performance of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis of PVE. (18)F-FDG PET/CT examinations in patients with a prosthetic aortic valve performed 2008-2014 were retrieved. Eight patients with a final diagnosis of definite PVE were included in the analysis of the diagnostic performance of (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Examinations performed on suspicion of malignancy in patients without PVE (n = 19) were used as negative controls. Visual and semi-quantitative analysis was performed. Maximal standardized uptake value (SUVmax) in the valve area was measured and SUVratio was calculated by dividing valve SUVmax by SUVmax in the descending aorta. The sensitivity was 75 %, specificity 84 %, positive likelihood ratio [LR(+)] 4.8 and negative likelihood ratio [LR(-)] 0.3 on visual analysis. Both SUVmax and SUVratio were significantly higher in PVE patients [5.8 (IQR 3.5-6.5) and 2.4 (IQR 1.7-3.0)] compared to non-PVE patients [3.2 (IQR 2.8-3.8) and 1.5 (IQR 1.3-1.6)] (p < 0.001). ROC-curve analysis of SUVratio yielded an area under the curve of 0.90 (95 % CI 0.74-1.0). (18)F-FDG-uptake around non-infected aortic prosthetic valves was low. The level of (18)F-FDG-uptake in the prosthetic valve area showed a good diagnostic performance in the diagnosis of PVE.

  7. The Synergistic Effect of Selumetinib/Docetaxel Combination Therapy Monitored by [(18)F]FDG/[(18)F]FLT PET and Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a Colorectal Tumor Xenograft Model.

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    Honndorf, Valerie S; Schmidt, Holger; Wiehr, Stefan; Wehrl, Hans F; Quintanilla-Martinez, Leticia; Stahlschmidt, Anke; Barjat, Hervé; Emmas, Sally-Ann; Pichler, Bernd J

    2016-04-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) and diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI) were used to characterize the treatment effects of the MEK1/2 inhibitor selumetinib (AZD6244), docetaxel, and their combination in HCT116 tumor-bearing mice on the molecular level. Mice were treated with vehicle, selumetinib (25 mg/kg), docetaxel (15 mg/kg), or a combination of both drugs for 7 days and imaged at four time points with 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose ([(18)F]FDG) or 3'-deoxy-3'-[(18)F]fluorothymidine ([(18)F]FLT) followed by DW-MRI to calculate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). Data was cross-validated using the Pearson correlation coefficient (PCC) and compared to histology (IHC). Each drug led to tumor growth inhibition but their combination resulted in regression. Separate analysis of PET or ADC could not provide significant differences between groups. Only PCC combined with IHC analysis revealed the highest therapeutic impact for combination therapy. Combination treatment of selumetinib/docetaxel was superior to the respective mono-therapies shown by PCC of PET and ADC in conjunction with histology.

  8. Comparison of analytical methods of brain [(18)F]FDG-PET after severe traumatic brain injury.

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    Madsen, Karine; Hesby, Sara; Poulsen, Ingrid; Fuglsang, Stefan; Graff, Jesper; Larsen, Karen B; Kammersgaard, Lars P; Law, Ian; Siebner, Hartwig R

    2017-08-12

    Loss of consciousness has been shown to reduce cerebral metabolic rates of glucose (CMRglc) measured by brain [(18)F]FDG-PET. Measurements of regional metabolic patterns by normalization to global cerebral metabolism or cerebellum may underestimate widespread reductions. The aim of this study was to compare quantification methods of whole brain glucose metabolism, including whole brain [18F]FDG uptake normalized to uptake in cerebellum, normalized to injected activity, normalized to plasma tracer concentration, and two methods for estimating CMRglc. Six patients suffering from severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and ten healthy controls (HC) underwent a 10min static [(18)F]FDG-PET scan and venous blood sampling. Except from normalizing to cerebellum, all quantification methods found significant lower level of whole brain glucose metabolism of 25-33% in TBI patients compared to HC. In accordance these measurements correlated to level of consciousness. Our study demonstrates that the analysis method of the [(18)F]FDG PET data has a substantial impact on the estimated whole brain cerebral glucose metabolism in patients with severe TBI. Importantly, the SUVR method which is often used in a clinical setting was not able to distinguish patients with severe TBI from HC at the whole-brain level. We recommend supplementing a static [(18)F]FDG scan with a single venous blood sample in future studies of patients with severe TBI or reduced level of consciousness. This can be used for simple semi-quantitative uptake values by normalizing brain activity uptake to plasma tracer concentration, or quantitative estimates of CMRglc. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  9. Diagnostic contribution of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in fever of unknown origin.

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    Tokmak, Handan; Ergonul, Onder; Demirkol, Onur; Cetiner, Mustafa; Ferhanoglu, Burhan

    2014-02-01

    Fever of unknown origin (FUO) remains one of the most compelling diagnostic issues in medicine. We aimed to evaluate the potential clinical contribution of 18-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) in the identification of the underlying cause of FUO. Fifty consecutive patients (27 men and 23 women; age range 16-88 years) with FUO based on the revised definition criteria were included in the study. A diagnostic protocol including biochemistry, histopathology, and microbiological tests was performed and the patients were followed up. FDG-PET was performed in 25 of the 50 patients (12 males and 13 females; age range 16-88 years) in order to determine the etiology of the patient's fever. PET-CT images were obtained with the Gemini Philips TF (18)F-FDG-PET/CT camera after a 60-min 'standard uptake' period following an injection of a mean 330 MBq (range 290-370 MBq) intravenous (18)F-FDG. A total of 21 patients were available for analysis of the diagnostic contribution of PET/CT (two patients were undiagnosed and two had non-contributory PET/CT findings). (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was able to precisely detect the cause of fever in 60% of the cases (n=15). The accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of this imaging modality were 90.5%, 93.8%, and 80%, respectively. Among the cases with a true-positive (18)F-FDG-PET/CT finding (i.e., 15 cases), the identified underlying causes of FUO included localized infection (n=7), non-infective inflammatory process (n=5), and malignancy (n=3). Further studies to confirm the high diagnostic yield of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT observed in the present study would lend support to the inclusion of this imaging modality in the initial diagnostic work-up of patients with suspected FUO. Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  10. Serial changes of (18)F-FDG PET/CT findings in ischiopubic synchondrosis: comparison with contrast-enhanced MRI.

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    Tsuji, Kazunobu; Tsuchida, Tatsuro; Kosaka, Nobuyuki; Tanizawa, Akihiko; Kimura, Hirohiko

    2015-01-01

    A 3 years old female patient underwent resection and chemotherapy for a yolk sac tumor of the retroperitoneum. Two years later, fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) showed high uptake in the right ischiopubic synchondrosis (IPS), which had a radiolucent structure on CT. The structure showed contrast enhancement on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was a non-specific finding. Six weeks later, a follow-up (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan was performed which showed no abnormal uptake in the IPS. The disappearance of (18)F-FDG uptake preceded that of contrast enhancement on MRI, which was seen 7 months after the initial (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan. This is the first report showing serial changes of (18)F-FDG uptake in IPS, in comparison to MRI findings.

  11. Impact of high-dose chemotherapy followed by auto-SCT for positive interim [18F] FDG-PET diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients.

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    Roland, V; Bodet-Milin, C; Moreau, A; Gastinne, T; Mahé, B; Dubruille, V; Maisonneuve, H; Juge-Morineau, N; Moreau, P; Jardel, H; Planche, L; Mohty, M; Moreau, P; Harousseau, J-L; Kraeber-Bodéré, F; Le Gouill, S

    2011-03-01

    [(18)F] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is increasingly used for response assessment in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). A positive interim FDG-PET was shown to be associated with an unfavorable outcome in high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. For positive interim FDG-PET patients, the question of increasing the intensity of treatment using high-dose chemotherapy followed by auto-SCT (HDC-ASCT) remains unanswered. We retrospectively analyzed the prognostic value of FDG-PET in 42 DLBCL patients who were systematically evaluated at time of diagnosis, before and after HDC-ASCT. Of note, HDC-ASCT was part of the initial treatment strategy, while FDG-PET results did not influence the treatment approach. Results and outcome were analyzed according to FDG-PET results before and after HDC-ASCT. Patients were classified into three groups according to FDG-PET results before and after HDC-ASCT: those who were negative before and after (-/-; n=25), positive before and negative after (+/-; n=9) or positive before and after (+/+; n=8). The median follow-up was 34.5 (range, 19-74) months. The median EFS was significantly lower for the +/+ group (27.4 months) as compared with other groups (median not reached; P=0.0001). More importantly, there was no difference in term of EFS between the -/- group compared with the +/- group. These results suggest that HDC-ASCT can significantly improve the bad prognosis, otherwise indicated by a positive interim FDG-PET.

  12. (18)F-FDG-PET/MRI in lymphoma patients.

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    Ferdová, Eva; Ferda, Jiří; Baxa, Jan

    2017-01-23

    The introduction of hybrid PET/MRI imaging using integrated systems into clinical practice has opened up the possibility of reducing the radiation dose from hybrid imaging by eliminating the contribution from computed tomography. Studies comparing the possibilities of PET/CT and PET/MRI imaging demonstrated it is possible to use the advantages of the high contrast resolution of magnetic resonance for soft tissue and bone marrow along with PET records in a quality comparable to PET/CT imaging. The significant feature for PET imaging in Hodgkińs lymphoma is that it is a tissue with high levels of radiopharmaceutical accumulation, which decreases proportionally after successful therapeutic effect, the effect of therapy is assessed using Deauville score system on interim examinations. While the efficacy of prognosis determined using the Deauville scale in HL is widely accepted, it turns out that in DLBCL, the prognostic value of PET imaging is bound to the evaluation of subtypes. PET/MRI scanning can be used to evaluate a relapse if follicular lymphoma has already been treated, or to confirm transformation into more aggressive forms. In children and adults with Burkitt's lymphoma, negative findings after induction therapy have a high negative predictive value for relapse prognosis.

  13. (18)F-FDG-labeled red blood cell PET for blood-pool imaging: preclinical evaluation in rats.

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    Matsusaka, Yohji; Nakahara, Tadaki; Takahashi, Kazuhiro; Iwabuchi, Yu; Nishime, Chiyoko; Kajimura, Mayumi; Jinzaki, Masahiro

    2017-12-01

    Red blood cells (RBCs) labeled with single-photon emitters have been clinically used for blood-pool imaging. Although some PET tracers have been introduced for blood-pool imaging, they have not yet been widely used. The present study investigated the feasibility of labeling RBCs with (18)F-2-deoxy-2-fluoro-D-glucose ((18)F-FDG) for blood-pool imaging with PET. RBCs isolated from venous blood of rats were washed with glucose-free phosphate-buffered saline and labeled with (18)F-FDG. To optimize labeling efficiency, the effects of glucose deprivation time and incubation (labeling) time with (18)F-FDG were investigated. Post-labeling stability was assessed by calculating the release fraction of radioactivity and identifying the chemical forms of (18)F in the released and intracellular components of (18)F-FDG-labeled RBCs incubated in plasma. Just after intravenous injection of the optimized autologous (18)F-FDG-labeled RBCs, dynamic PET scans were performed to evaluate in vivo imaging in normal rats and intraabdominal bleeding models (temporary and persistent bleeding). The optimal durations of glucose deprivation and incubation (labeling) with (18)F-FDG were 60 and 30 min, respectively. As low as 10% of (18)F was released as the form of (18)F-FDG from (18)F-FDG-labeled RBCs after a 60-min incubation. Dynamic PET images of normal rats showed strong persistence in the cardiovascular system for at least 120 min. In the intraabdominal bleeding models, (18)F-FDG-labeled RBC PET visualized the extravascular blood clearly and revealed the dynamic changes of the extravascular radioactivity in the temporary and persistent bleeding. RBCs can be effectively labeled with (18)F-FDG and used for blood-pool imaging with PET in rats.

  14. 18F-FDG PET/CT in Bladder Cancer.

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    Tagliabue, Luca; Russo, Giovanna; Lucignani, Giovanni

    2016-12-01

    Urinary clearance of F-FDG and variability in bladder wall FDG uptake may hamper the interpretation and limit the use of FDG-PET/CT for imaging bladder tumors. Nevertheless, careful combined evaluation of both CT and FDG-PET images of the urinary tract can provide useful findings. We present 2 cases of bladder cancer detected by FDG-PET/CT. These cases suggest that FDG uptake can be indicative of malignancy in bladder cancer when viewed in conjunction with CT scans and that whole-body FDG-PET/CT scans should always be reviewed with particular attention to the urinary tract because abnormalities suggestive of bladder cancer can be found unexpectedly.

  15. Oncologic 18F-FDG PET/CT: referring physicians' point of view.

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    Karantanis, Dimitrios; Kalkanis, Dimitrios; Allen-Auerbach, Martin; Bogsrud, Trond Velde; Subramaniam, Rathan M; Danielson, Adam; Lowe, Val J; Czernin, Johannes

    2012-10-01

    Oncologic (18)F-FDG PET/CT is rapidly gaining acceptance in clinical practice. However, the referring physician's attitude toward the usefulness of this diagnostic modality is unknown. This survey was undertaken to collect information regarding the current perspective of referring physicians on oncologic PET/CT. We conducted a prospective worldwide, Web-based survey of physicians who manage cancer patients. A total of 963 referring physicians completed a 20-question survey focused on their experience with oncologic (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Attention was directed toward their confidence about indications, their satisfaction with related educational resources, the quality of interaction with interpreting physicians, and practical problems encountered. The respondents included oncologists (38.5%, n = 371), hematologists (16.4%, n = 158), radiation oncologists (9.0%, n = 87), surgeons (30.3%, n = 292), and other physicians (5.7%, n = 55). Only 25.2% of respondents considered the oncologic (18)F-FDG PET/CT indications to be well established and defined. Frequent uncertainty about the need for a PET scan was indicated by 62.3% of the respondents. High cost and overinterpretation of findings were the most commonly reported concerns (47.0% and 40.9%, respectively). The experience and skill level of the interpreting physician was considered very important by 96.8% of the surveyed physicians. Referring physicians expressed considerable uncertainty about the appropriate use of oncologic PET/CT. Additional major concerns are procedure costs and quality of interpretation. The responses suggest a strong need for efforts to educate referring and interpreting physicians about the appropriate use of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in oncology.

  16. Clinical Utility of Multimodality Imaging with Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI, Diffusion-Weighted MRI, and 18F-FDG PET/CT for the Prediction of Neck Control in Oropharyngeal or Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treated with Chemoradiation

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    Chan, Sheng-Chieh; Lin, Yu-Chun; Yen, Tzu-Chen; Liao, Chun-Ta; Chang, Joseph Tung-Chieh; Ko, Sheung-Fat; Wang, Hung- Ming; Chang, Chee-Jen; Wang, Jiun-Jie

    2014-01-01

    The clinical usefulness of pretreatment imaging techniques for predicting neck control in patients with oropharyngeal or hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OHSCC) treated with chemoradiation remains unclear. In this prospective study, we investigated the role of pretreatment dynamic contrast-enhanced perfusion MR imaging (DCE-PWI), diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI), and [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (18F-FDG PET)/CT derived imaging markers for the prediction of neck control in OHSCC patients treated with chemoradiation. Patients with untreated OHSCC scheduled for chemoradiation between August, 2010 and July, 2012 were eligible for the study. Clinical variables and the following imaging parameters of metastatic neck lymph nodes were examined in relation to neck control: transfer constant, volume of blood plasma, and volume of extracellular extravascular space (Ve) on DCE-PWI; apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) on DWI; maximum standardized uptake value, metabolic tumor volume, and total lesion glycolysis on 18F-FDG PET/CT. There were 69 patients (37 with oropharynx SCC and 32 with hypopharynx SCC) with successful pretreatment DCE-PWI and DWI available for analysis. After a median follow-up of 31 months, 25 (36.2%) participants had neck failure. Multivariate analysis identified hemoglobin level <14.3 g/dL (P = 0.019), Ve <0.23 (P = 0.040), and ADC >1.14×10−3 mm2/s (P = 0.003) as independent prognostic factors for 3-year neck control. A prognostic scoring system was formulated by summing up the three significant predictors of neck control. Patients with scores of 2–3 had significantly poorer neck control and overall survival rates than patients with scores of 0–1. We conclude that hemoglobin levels, Ve, and ADC are independent pretreatment prognostic factors for neck control in OHSCC treated with chemoradiation. Their combination may identify a subgroup of patients at high risk of developing neck failure. PMID:25531391

  17. Granulocytic sarcoma of the pancreas on 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Ishii, Akira; Kondo, Tadakazu; Oka, Tomomi; Nakamoto, Yuji; Takaori-Kondo, Akifumi

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Rationale: Granulocytic sarcoma (GS) is defined as leukemia infiltration in any organ other than the bone marrow. GS rarely occurs in the pancreas. Here, we present the first report of GS in the pancreas on 18F-fluorodexyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT). Patient concerns: A 19-year-old male patient with acute myeloid leukemia received a human leukocyte antigen-haploidentical stem cell transplant as a second transplant while in second complete remission. Interventions: After a second stem cell transplant, obstructive pancreatitis accompanied by a mass in the pancreatic head was observed. FDG-PET/CT revealed abnormal activity in the head of the pancreas and the skin in the patient's left breast area. Diagnoses: Pathological examination demonstrated relapsed acute myeloid leukemia in both the lesions. Outcomes: This is the first report showing the 18F-FDG PET/CT findings of GS in the pancreas. Lessons: 18F-FDG PET/CT may help determine the stage of GS. PMID:27930567

  18. Inflammatory pseudotumour of the infratemporal fossa visualized with (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Cabrera Villegas, A; González Juez, B; Llorente Pendás, J L; Albornoz Almada, M C; Santos Holgueras, P; Sanchez Rodriguez, I E

    2017-05-08

    The inflammatory pseudotumour of the head and neck is a benign lesion, extremely rare outside the cranial orbits. A case is presented of an inflammatory pseudotumour not associated with the IgG4-related disease. The pseudotumour was found as a solitary mass in the infratemporal fossa of a young woman who complained of otalgia and hearing loss. A clear image of the lesion was obtained using an (18)F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose ((18)F-FDG) PET. After the histopathological diagnosis, and treatment with corticosteroids, a second (18)F-FDG PET was performed. The metabolic image had returned to normal, and the previously observed mass disappeared. A brief review is presented of the studies examining this type of lesion. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  19. (18)F-FDG PET/CT Optimizes Treatment in Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia and Is Associated with Reduced Mortality.

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    Berrevoets, Marvin A H; Kouijzer, Ilse J E; Aarntzen, Erik H J G; Janssen, Marcel J R; De Geus-Oei, Lioe-Fee; Wertheim, Heiman F L; Kullberg, Bart-Jan; Oever, Jaap Ten; Oyen, Wim J G; Bleeker-Rovers, Chantal P

    2017-09-01

    Metastatic infection is an important complication of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB). Early diagnosis of metastatic infection is crucial, because specific treatment is required. However, metastatic infection can be asymptomatic and difficult to detect. In this study, we investigated the role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in patients with SAB for detection of metastatic infection and its consequences for treatment and outcome. Methods: All patients with SAB at Radboud University Medical Center were included between January 2013 and April 2016. Clinical data and results of (18)F-FDG PET/CT and other imaging techniques, including echocardiography, were collected. Primary outcomes were newly diagnosed metastatic infection by (18)F-FDG PET/CT, subsequent treatment modifications, and patient outcome. Results: A total of 184 patients were included, and (18)F-FDG PET/CT was performed in 105 patients, of whom 99 had a high-risk bacteremia. (18)F-FDG PET/CT detected metastatic infectious foci in 73.7% of these high-risk patients. In 71.2% of patients with metastatic infection, no signs and symptoms suggesting metastatic complications were present before (18)F-FDG PET/CT was performed. (18)F-FDG PET/CT led to a total of 104 treatment modifications in 74 patients. Three-month mortality was higher in high-risk bacteremia patients without (18)F-FDG PET/CT performed than in those in whom (18)F-FDG PET/CT was performed (32.7% vs. 12.4%, P = 0.003). In multivariate analysis, (18)F-FDG PET/CT was the only factor independently associated with reduced mortality (P = 0.005; odds ratio, 0.204; 95% confidence interval, 0.066-0.624). A higher comorbidity score was independently associated with increased mortality (P = 0.003; odds ratio, 1.254; 95% confidence interval, 1.078-1.457). Conclusion:(18)F-FDG PET/CT is a valuable technique for early detection of metastatic infectious foci, often leading to treatment modification. Performing (18)F-FDG PET/CT is associated with significantly reduced

  20. Role of (18)F-FDG PET-CT in Monitoring the Cyclophosphamide Induced Pulmonary Toxicity in Patients with Breast Cancer - 2 Case Reports.

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    Taywade, Sameer Kamalakar; Kumar, Rakesh; Bhethanabhotla, Sainath; Bal, Chandrasekhar

    2016-09-01

    Drug induced pulmonary toxicity is not uncommon with the use of various chemotherapeutic agents. Cyclophosphamide is a widely used chemotherapeutic drug in the treatment of breast cancer. Although rare, lung toxicity has been reported with cyclophosphamide use. Detection of bleomycin induced pulmonary toxicity and pattern of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake in lungs on fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET-CT) has been elicited in literature in relation to lymphoma. However, limited data is available regarding the role of (18)F-FDG PET-CT in monitoring drug induced pulmonary toxicity in breast cancer. We here present two cases of cyclophosphamide induced drug toxicity. Interim (18)F-FDG PET-CT demonstrated diffusely increased tracer uptake in bilateral lung fields in both these patients. Subsequently there was resolution of lung uptake on (18)F-FDG PET-CT scan post completion of chemotherapy. These patients did not develop significant respiratory symptoms during chemotherapy treatment and in follow up.

  1. Value of 18F-FDG PET and PET/CT for evaluation of pediatric malignancies.

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    Uslu, Lebriz; Donig, Jessica; Link, Michael; Rosenberg, Jarrett; Quon, Andrew; Daldrup-Link, Heike E

    2015-02-01

    Successful management of solid tumors in children requires imaging tests for accurate disease detection, characterization, and treatment monitoring. Technologic developments aim toward the creation of integrated imaging approaches that provide a comprehensive diagnosis with a single visit. These integrated diagnostic tests not only are convenient for young patients but also save direct and indirect health-care costs by streamlining procedures, minimizing hospitalizations, and minimizing lost school or work time for children and their parents. (18)F-FDG PET/CT is a highly sensitive and specific imaging modality for whole-body evaluation of pediatric malignancies. However, recent concerns about ionizing radiation exposure have led to a search for alternative imaging methods, such as whole-body MR imaging and PET/MR. As we develop new approaches for tumor staging, it is important to understand current benchmarks. This review article will synthesize the current literature on (18)F-FDG PET/CT for tumor staging in children, summarizing questions that have been solved and providing an outlook on unsolved avenues.

  2. (18)F-FDG PET/CT findings in a case with HIV (-) Kaposi sarcoma.

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    Ozdemir, E; Poyraz, N Y; Keskin, M; Kandemir, Z; Turkolmez, S

    2014-01-01

    Although mucocutaneous sites are the most frequently encountered sites of involvement, Kaposi Sarcoma (KS) may also occasionally involve the breast and the skeletal, endocrine, urinary and nervous systems.. Various imaging modalities may be used to delineate the extent of the disease by detecting unexpected sites of involvement. Herein, we report a case of classical type KS, in whom staging with (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging disclosed widespread disease and unexpected findings of bone and salivary gland involvement.

  3. Cost-effectiveness of response evaluation after chemoradiation in patients with advanced oropharyngeal cancer using (18)F-FDG-PET-CT and/or diffusion-weighted MRI.

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    Greuter, Marjolein Je; Schouten, Charlotte S; Castelijns, Jonas A; de Graaf, Pim; Comans, Emile Fi; Hoekstra, Otto S; de Bree, Remco; Coupé, Veerle Mh

    2017-04-11

    Considerable variation exists in diagnostic tests used for local response evaluation after chemoradiation in patients with advanced oropharyngeal cancer. The yield of invasive examination under general anesthesia (EUA) with biopsies in all patients is low and it may induce substantial morbidity. We explored four response evaluation strategies to detect local residual disease in terms of diagnostic accuracy and cost-effectiveness. We built a decision-analytic model using trial data of forty-six patients and scientific literature. We estimated for four strategies the proportion of correct diagnoses, costs concerning diagnostic instruments and the proportion of unnecessary EUA indications. Besides a reference strategy, i.e. EUA for all patients, we considered three imaging strategies consisting of (18)FDG-PET-CT, diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI), or both (18)FDG-PET-CT and DW-MRI followed by EUA after a positive test. The impact of uncertainty was assessed in sensitivity analyses. The EUA strategy led to 96% correct diagnoses. Expected costs were €468 per patient whereas 89% of EUA indications were unnecessary. The DW-MRI strategy was the least costly strategy, but also led to the lowest proportion of correct diagnoses, i.e. 93%. The PET-CT strategy and combined imaging strategy were dominated by the EUA strategy due to respectively a smaller or equal proportion of correct diagnoses, at higher costs. However, the combination of PET-CT and DW-MRI had the highest sensitivity. All imaging strategies considerably reduced (unnecessary) EUA indications and its associated burden compared to the EUA strategy. Because the combined PET-CT and DW-MRI strategy costs only an additional €927 per patient, it is preferred over immediate EUA since it reaches the same diagnostic accuracy in detecting local residual disease while leading to substantially less unnecessary EUA indications. However, if healthcare resources are limited, DW-MRI is the strategy of choice because of lower

  4. 18F-FDG PET/CT and extragastric MALT lymphoma: role of Ki-67 score and plasmacytic differentiation.

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    Albano, Domenico; Bosio, Giovanni; Giubbini, Raffaele; Bertagna, Francesco

    2017-10-01

    The detection rate of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) in extragastric mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is under debate and the reason is not clear. Our aim was to investigate the metabolic behavior of extragastric MALT lymphoma and whether the histological features (Ki-67 index and plasmacytic differentiation, PD) might explain it. PET/CT images were analyzed visually and semi-quantitatively and compared with Ki-67 index and PD. Seventy-two patients were included. Twelve of 18 patients with PD showed intense 18F-FDG uptake; on the contrary, 42 of 54 patients without PD had positive 18F-FDG PET/CT. Twenty-six of 27 patients with Ki-67 > 15% had 18F-FDG-avid lesions; 28 of 45 patients with Ki-67 ≤ 15% had positive 18F-FDG PET/CT. 18F-FDG avidity was significantly associated with Ki-67 index (p < .001) and not correlated with PD (p = .352). Maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), lesion-to-liver SUVmax ratio and lesion-to-blood pool SUVmax ratio were not correlated with Ki-67 index or PD. 18F-FDG avidity was noted in 75% and is correlated only with Ki-67.

  5. A new assessment model for tumor heterogeneity analysis with [18]F-FDG PET images.

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    Wang, Ping; Xu, Wengui; Sun, Jian; Yang, Chengwen; Wang, Gang; Sa, Yu; Hu, Xin-Hua; Feng, Yuanming

    2016-01-01

    It has been shown that the intratumor heterogeneity can be characterized with quantitative analysis of the [18]F-FDG PET image data. The existing models employ multiple parameters for feature extraction which makes it difficult to implement in clinical settings for the quantitative characterization. This article reports an easy-to-use and differential SUV based model for quantitative assessment of the intratumor heterogeneity from 3D [18]F-FDG PET image data. An H index is defined to assess tumor heterogeneity by summing voxel-wise distribution of differential SUV from the [18]F-FDG PET image data. The summation is weighted by the distance of SUV difference among neighboring voxels from the center of the tumor and can thus yield increased values for tumors with peripheral sub-regions of high SUV that often serves as an indicator of augmented malignancy. Furthermore, the sign of H index is used to differentiate the rate of change for volume averaged SUV from its center to periphery. The new model with the H index has been compared with a widely-used model of gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) for image texture characterization with phantoms of different configurations and the [18]F-FDG PET image data of 6 lung cancer patients to evaluate its effectiveness and feasibility for clinical uses. The comparison of the H index and GLCM parameters with the phantoms demonstrate that the H index can characterize the SUV heterogeneity in all of 6 2D phantoms while only 1 GLCM parameter can do for 1 and fail to differentiate for other 2D phantoms. For the 8 3D phantoms, the H index can clearly differentiate all of them while the 4 GLCM parameters provide complicated patterns in the characterization. Feasibility study with the PET image data from 6 lung cancer patients show that the H index provides an effective single-parameter metric to characterize tumor heterogeneity in terms of the local SUV variation, and it has higher correlation with tumor volume change after

  6. A new assessment model for tumor heterogeneity analysis with [18]F-FDG PET images

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    Wang, Ping; Xu, Wengui; Sun, Jian; Yang, Chengwen; Wang, Gang; Sa, Yu; Hu, Xin-Hua; Feng, Yuanming

    2016-01-01

    It has been shown that the intratumor heterogeneity can be characterized with quantitative analysis of the [18]F-FDG PET image data. The existing models employ multiple parameters for feature extraction which makes it difficult to implement in clinical settings for the quantitative characterization. This article reports an easy-to-use and differential SUV based model for quantitative assessment of the intratumor heterogeneity from 3D [18]F-FDG PET image data. An H index is defined to assess tumor heterogeneity by summing voxel-wise distribution of differential SUV from the [18]F-FDG PET image data. The summation is weighted by the distance of SUV difference among neighboring voxels from the center of the tumor and can thus yield increased values for tumors with peripheral sub-regions of high SUV that often serves as an indicator of augmented malignancy. Furthermore, the sign of H index is used to differentiate the rate of change for volume averaged SUV from its center to periphery. The new model with the H index has been compared with a widely-used model of gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) for image texture characterization with phantoms of different configurations and the [18]F-FDG PET image data of 6 lung cancer patients to evaluate its effectiveness and feasibility for clinical uses. The comparison of the H index and GLCM parameters with the phantoms demonstrate that the H index can characterize the SUV heterogeneity in all of 6 2D phantoms while only 1 GLCM parameter can do for 1 and fail to differentiate for other 2D phantoms. For the 8 3D phantoms, the H index can clearly differentiate all of them while the 4 GLCM parameters provide complicated patterns in the characterization. Feasibility study with the PET image data from 6 lung cancer patients show that the H index provides an effective single-parameter metric to characterize tumor heterogeneity in terms of the local SUV variation, and it has higher correlation with tumor volume change after

  7. (18)F-FDG PET/CT, cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemohyperthermia for the therapeutic management in peritoneal carcinomatosis: A pilot study.

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    Cistaro, A; Cucinotta, M; Cassalia, L; Priola, A; Priola, S; Pappalardo, M; Coppolino, P; De Simone, M; Quartuccio, N

    2016-01-01

    Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common evolution of neoplasms and the terminal stage of disease. A new therapeutic technique, based on the total surgical removal of peritoneal lesions (peritonectomy procedure - PP) combined with the intraperitoneal chemohyperthermia (IPCH), has been developed. Proper patient selection is mandatory for optimizing the results of treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of [(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) in patients with peritoneal carcinosis selected to undergo PP and IPCH. Furthermore, we aimed to identify characteristic patterns of abdominal(18)F-FDG uptake and to correlate these patterns with available anatomic findings after surgery. Patients with either histologically confirmed peritoneal carcinosis or suspected upon clinical follow-up and/or imaging findings were prospectively submitted to pre-surgery (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan. Only those patients without evidence of extra-peritoneal metastases at PET/CT scan were treated with PP and IPCH. 11 patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis (5 colorectal, 4 ovarian, 1 pancreatic) and 1 unknown primitive cancer, were eligible for the study. In all cases PET/CT scan showed multiple peritoneal implants. In 6 out of 11 cases (54%) metastases were evidenced by (18)F-FDG PET/CT: 2 cases with liver metastases; 1 case with bone metastases; 3 patients with lymph-node lesions. Two distinct imaging patterns, with focal or diffuse increased (18)F-FDG uptake, were recognized. PP+IPCH of patients selected by (18)F-FDG PET/CT seems to be safe and feasible. PET/CT scan appears as a reliable tool for the detection, characterization of peritoneal implants with potential impact in the therapeutic management of these patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  8. [(18)F]FDG PET Neuroimaging Predicts Pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) Kindling Outcome in Rats.

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    Bascuñana, Pablo; Javela, Julián; Delgado, Mercedes; Fernández de la Rosa, Rubén; Shiha, Ahmed Anis; García-García, Luis; Pozo, Miguel Ángel

    2016-10-01

    Epileptogenesis, i.e., development of epilepsy, involves a number of processes that alter the brain function in the way that triggers spontaneous seizures. Kindling is one of the most used animal models of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and epileptogenesis, although chemical kindling suffers from high inter-assay success unpredictability. This study was aimed to analyze the eventual regional brain metabolic changes during epileptogenesis in the pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) kindling model in order to obtain a predictive kindling outcome parameter. In vivo longitudinal positron emission tomography (PET) scans with 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose ([(18)F]FDG) along the PTZ kindling protocol (35 mg/kg intraperitoneally (i.p.), 18 sessions) in adult male rats were performed in order to evaluate the regional brain metabolism. The half of the PTZ-injected rats reached the kindled state. In addition, a significant decrease of [(18)F]FDG uptake at the end of the protocol in most of the brain structures of kindled animals was found, reflecting the characteristic epilepsy-associated hypometabolism. However, PTZ-injected animals but not reaching the kindled state did not show this widespread brain hypometabolism. Retrospective analysis of the data revealed that hippocampal [(18)F]FDG uptake normalized to pons turned out to be a predictive index of the kindling outcome. Thus, a 19.06 % reduction (p = 0.008) of the above parameter was found in positively kindled rats compared to non-kindled ones just after the fifth PTZ session. Non-invasive PET neuroimaging was a useful tool for discerning epileptogenesis progression in this animal model. Particularly, the [(18)F]FDG uptake of the hippocampus proved to be an early predictive parameter to differentiate resistant and non-resistant animals to the PTZ kindling.

  9. (18)F-FDG PET radiomics approaches: comparing and clustering features in cervical cancer.

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    Tsujikawa, Tetsuya; Rahman, Tasmiah; Yamamoto, Makoto; Yamada, Shizuka; Tsuyoshi, Hideaki; Kiyono, Yasushi; Kimura, Hirohiko; Yoshida, Yoshio; Okazawa, Hidehiko

    2017-08-16

    The aims of our study were to find the textural features on (18)F-FDG PET/CT which reflect the different histological architectures between cervical cancer subtypes and to make a visual assessment of the association between (18)F-FDG PET textural features in cervical cancer. Eighty-three cervical cancer patients [62 squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and 21 non-SCCs (NSCCs)] who had undergone pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET/CT were enrolled. A texture analysis was performed on PET/CT images, from which 18 PET radiomics features were extracted including first-order features such as standardized uptake value (SUV), metabolic tumor volume (MTV) and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), second- and high-order textural features using SUV histogram, normalized gray-level co-occurrence matrix (NGLCM), and neighborhood gray-tone difference matrix, respectively. These features were compared between SCC and NSCC using a Bonferroni adjusted P value threshold of 0.0028 (0.05/18). To assess the association between PET features, a heat map analysis with hierarchical clustering, one of the radiomics approaches, was performed. Among 18 PET features, correlation, a second-order textural feature derived from NGLCM, was a stable parameter and it was the only feature which showed a robust trend toward significant difference between SCC and NSCC. Cervical SCC showed a higher correlation (0.70 ± 0.07) than NSCC (0.64 ± 0.07, P = 0.0030). The other PET features did not show any significant differences between SCC and NSCC. A higher correlation in SCC might reflect higher structural integrity and stronger spatial/linear relationship of cancer cells compared with NSCC. A heat map with a PET feature dendrogram clearly showed 5 distinct clusters, where correlation belonged to a cluster including MTV and TLG. However, the association between correlation and MTV/TLG was not strong. Correlation was a relatively independent PET feature in cervical cancer. (18)F-FDG PET textural features might reflect

  10. Technologist radiation exposure in routine clinical practice with 18F-FDG PET.

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    Guillet, Benjamin; Quentin, Pierre; Waultier, Serge; Bourrelly, Marc; Pisano, Pascale; Mundler, Olivier

    2005-09-01

    The use of 18F-FDG for clinical PET studies increases technologist radiation dose exposure because of the higher gamma-radiation energy of this isotope than of other conventional medical gamma-radiation-emitting isotopes. Therefore, 18F-FDG imaging necessitates stronger radiation protection requirements. The aims of this study were to assess technologist whole-body and extremity exposure in our PET department and to evaluate the efficiency of our radiation protection devices (homemade syringe drawing device, semiautomated injector, and video tracking of patients). Radiation dose assessment was performed for monodose as well as for multidose 18F-FDG packaging with both LiF thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLD) and electronic personal dosimeters (ED) during 5 successive 18F-FDG PET steps (from syringe filling to patient departure). The mean +/- SD total effective doses received by technologists (n = 50) during all of the working steps were 3.24 +/- 2.1 and 3.01 +/- 1.4 microSv, respectively, as measured with ED and TLD (345 +/- 84 MBq injected). These values were confirmed by daily TLD technologist whole-body dose measurements (2.98 +/- 1.8 microSv; 294 +/- 78 MBq injected; n = 48). Finger irradiation doses during preparation of single 18F-FDG syringes were 204.9 +/- 24 and 198.4 +/- 23 microSv with multidose vials (345 +/- 93 MBq injected) and 127.3 +/- 76 and 55.9 +/- 47 microSv with monodose vials (302 +/- 43 MBq injected) for the right hand and the left hand, respectively. The protection afforded by the semiautomated injector, estimated as the ratio of the doses received by TLD placed on the syringe shield and on the external face of the injector, was near 2,000. These results showed that technologist radiation doses in our PET department were lower than those reported in the literature. This finding may be explained by the use of a homemade syringe drawing device, a semiautomated injector, and patient video tracking, allowing a shorter duration of contact between

  11. (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the clinical management of patients with lymphoma.

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    Tamayo, P; Martín, A; Díaz, L; Cabrero, M; García, R; García-Talavera, P; Caballero, D

    The aim of this work was to review the current recommendations for staging and response assessment of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in routine clinical practice after chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplantation. A five-point scale (5-PS) from the First International Workshop on PET in Lymphoma in Deauville, France, in 2009, was recommended as the standard tool to score imaging to assess treatment response in patients with lymphoma using (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT. Following the recommendations of the 11th and 12th International Conferences on Malignant Lymphoma held in Lugano (Switzerland), in 2011 and 2013, respectively, a consensus (the so-called Lugano Classification) was reached regarding the use of PET/CT for staging and response assessment in FDG-avid lymphomas. As a result, (18)F-FDG PET/CT was formally incorporated into standard staging for FDG-avid lymphomas. A bone marrow biopsy is no longer indicated for the routine staging of HL and most diffuse large B-cell lymphomas. PET/CT will be used to assess response in FDG-avid histologies using the 5-point scale. The recent introduction of biological agents with immune mechanisms requires flexibility in interpretations of the Lugano criteria due to tumour flare or a pseudo-progression effect produced by these agents. Provisional criteria have been proposed (Lymphoma Response to Immunomodulatory Therapy Criteria) with the introduction of the term 'Indeterminate Response' in order to identify this phenomenon until confirmed as flare/pseudoprogression or true progression. All these recommendations will improve evaluations of patients with lymphoma, and allow comparison of results from clinical practice and trials. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  12. [18F]FDG-PET scan in patients with fasting hyperglycemia.

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    Belohlavek, Otakar; Jaruskova, Monika

    2016-12-01

    It is generally accepted that a non-fasting state reduces [18F]FDG-PET quality, but the significance of higher levels of fasting blood glucose has aroused some doubts over time. The aim of this work was to provide further evidence to clarify this issue and its impact on the handling of hyperglycemic patients in daily routine. Muscle and liver standardized uptake values (SUV) and their ratio, tumor SUV and the frequency of positive PET findings were retrospectively analyzed in 116 hyperglycemic (HG) patients (>11 mmol/L), in 116 patients with slightly elevated glycemia (SEG) (5.6-7.0 mmol/L) and in 116 normoglycemic (NG) patients (4.7 mmol/L). No significant difference was found in the muscle to liver ratio, in muscle SUV and in the frequency of positive PET findings among HG, SEG and NG patients. HG patients exhibited ~10% higher liver SUV in comparison to SEG and NG patients; a positive correlation (r=0.2849) was found between liver SUV and blood glucose levels. Significantly higher tumor SUV was present in SEG patients. We did not confirm that hyperglycemia in a fasting state negatively influences the diagnostic quality of [18F]FDG-PET. The positive correlation between liver SUV and blood glucose levels is clinically negligible and might be explained by increased fasting hepatic gluconeogenesis in diabetics. Our data encourage the performance of [18F]FDG-PET investigations under fasting conditions, regardless of the mild to medium elevation of fasting blood glucose level.

  13. Usefulness of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in a case of suspected vascular graft infection.

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    Fernández-López, R; de-Bonilla-Damiá, A; Acevedo-Báñez, I; Luque-Márquez, R; Borrego-Dorado, I

    Vascular prosthetic graft infection (VPGI) is associated with high mortality and morbidity. An early and accurate diagnosis is essential in order to give the most appropriate treatment. The case is presented of a 74 year old male subjected to an aortobifemoral bypass graft, with clinical suspicion of VPGI with inconclusive tests. Later on an (18)F-FDG PET/CT study showed a pathological uptake, suggestive of periprosthetic infection, as well as an incidental pulmonary lesion, suggestive of a primary neoplasm. A new (18)F-FDG PET/CT showed a significant improvement in the uptake by the vascular graft after prolonged antibiotic treatment. (18)F-FDG is a promising tracer for detecting VPGI as the accumulated activated white cells at the infection site have a high demand for (18)F-FDG, and could help define the response to antibiotic treatment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  14. 18F-FDG PET/CT in Detecting Metastatic Infection in Children.

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    Kouijzer, Ilse J E; Blokhuis, Gijsbert J; Draaisma, Jos M T; Oyen, Wim J G; de Geus-Oei, Lioe-Fee; Bleeker-Rovers, Chantal P

    2016-04-01

    Metastatic infection is a severe complication of bacteremia with high morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of 18F-FDG PET combined with CT (FDG PET/CT) in children suspected of having metastatic infection. The results of FDG PET/CT scans performed in children because of suspected metastatic infection from September 2003 to June 2013 were analyzed retrospectively. The results were compared with the final clinical diagnosis. FDG PET/CT was performed in 13 children with suspected metastatic infection. Of the total number of FDG PET/CT scans, 38% were clinically helpful. Positive predictive value of FDG PET/CT was 71%, and negative predictive value was 100%. FDG PET/CT appears to be a valuable diagnostic technique in children with suspected metastatic infection. Prospective studies of FDG PET/CT as part of a structured diagnostic protocol are needed to assess the exact additional diagnostic value.

  15. Supraclavicular lymph nodes detected by 18F-FDG PET/CT in cancer patients: assessment with 18F-FDG PET/CT and sonography.

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    Lee, Jae-hoon; Kim, Jinna; Moon, Hee Jung; Cho, Arthur; Yun, Mijin; Lee, Jong Doo; Kang, Won Jun

    2012-01-01

    The purposes of this study were to assess the diagnostic accuracy of 18F-FDG PET (FDG PET) for the detection of metastatic supraclavicular lymph nodes (LNs) and to propose an optimal diagnostic strategy with additional sonography, contrast-enhanced CT (CECT), or both. One hundred supraclavicular LNs initially detected using FDG PET were examined using sonography. Regardless of the imaging findings, all 100 supraclavicular LNs underwent sonography-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy. The maximum standardized uptake values (SUVsmax) of the supraclavicular LNs were measured, and a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed to determine the cutoff SUVmax. Then we evaluated the diagnostic performance of FDG PET and figured out the optimal combination of FDG PET and sonography or CECT to improve the diagnostic accuracy of the imaging studies and minimize procedures. In total, 86 of 100 PET-detected supraclavicular LNs were malignant. With application of the cutoff value obtained by ROC analysis (SUVmax=3.0), the diagnostic accuracy of FDG PET was 75.0% with a sensitivity of 74.4% and specificity of 78.6%. For supraclavicular LNs with an SUVmax of more than 3.0, FDG PET showed a positive predictive value of 95.5%; for supraclavicular LNs with an SUVmax of 3.0 or less, sonography excluded all false-negative FDG PET cases and showed a high negative predictive value of 100%. When sonography was selectively applied to cases with an SUVmax of 3.0 or less, the overall diagnostic accuracy increased to 92%. Our study revealed a high incidence rate of metastasis in PET-detected supraclavicular LNs in cancer patients. We believe that our proposed diagnostic workflow could decrease unnecessary diagnostic procedures in the evaluation of PET-positive supraclavicular LNs in cancer patients with reliability.

  16. Variability in quantitative analysis of atherosclerotic plaque inflammation using 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Lensen, Karel-Jan D F; van Sijl, Alper M; Voskuyl, Alexandre E; van der Laken, Conny J; Heymans, Martijn W; Comans, Emile F I; Nurmohamed, Mike T; Smulders, Yvo M; Boellaard, Ronald

    2017-01-01

    18F-FDG-PET(/CT) is increasingly used in studies aiming at quantifying atherosclerotic plaque inflammation. Considerable methodological variability exists. The effect of data acquisition and image analysis parameters on quantitative uptake measures, such as standardized uptake value (SUV) and target-to-background ratio (TBR) has not been investigated extensively. The goal of this study was to explore the effect of several data acquisition and image analysis parameters on quantification of vascular wall 18F-FDG uptake measures, in order to increase awareness of potential variability. Three whole-body emission scans and a low-dose CT scan were acquired 38, 60 and 90 minutes after injection of 18F-FDG in six rheumatoid arthritis patients with high cardiovascular risk profiles.Data acquisition (1 and 2) and image analysis (3, 4 and 5) parameters comprised:1. 18F-FDG uptake time, 2. SUV normalisation, 3. drawing regions/volumes of interest (ROI's/VOI's) according to: a. hot-spot (HS), b. whole-segment (WS) and c. most-diseased segment (MDS), 4. Background activity, 5. Image matrix/voxel size.Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC's) and Bland Altman plots were used to assess agreement between these techniques and between observers. A linear mixed model was used to determine the association between uptake time and continuous outcome variables. 1. Significantly higher TBRmax values were found at 90 minutes (1,57 95%CI 1,35-1,80) compared to 38 minutes (1,30 95%CI 1,21-1,39) (P = 0,024) 2. Normalising SUV for BW, LBM and BSA significantly influences average SUVmax (2,25 (±0,60) vs 1,67 (±0,37) vs 0,058 (±0,013)). 3. Intraclass correlation coefficients were high in all vascular segments when SUVmax HS was compared to SUVmax WS. SUVmax HS was consistently higher than SUVmax MDS in all vascular segments. 4. Blood pool activity significantly decreases in all (venous and arterial) segments over time, but does not differ between segments. 5. Image matrix/voxel size does not

  17. 18F-FDG PET/CT in Neurolymphomatosis: Report of 3 Cases

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    Canh, Nguyen Xuan; Tan, Ngo Van; Tung, Tran Thanh; Son, Nguyen Truong; Maurea, Simone

    2014-01-01

    Neurolymphomatosis is a rare manifestation of non-Hodgkin lymphoma characterized by infiltration of peripheral nerves, nerve roots, plexus and cranial nerves by malignant lymphocytes. This report presents positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)imaging with 2-deoxy-2-18F-fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG) in 3 cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma with nerve infiltration, including one newly diagnosed lymphoma, one recurrent lymphoma in previous nerve lesions and one newly recurrent lymphoma. PET/CT could reveal the affected neural structures including cranial nerves, spinal nerve roots, brachial plexus, cervicothoracic ganglion, intercostal nerves, branches of the vagus nerve, lumbosacral plexus and sciatic nerves. There was relative concordance between PET/CT and MRI in detection of affected cranial nerves. PET/CT seemed to be better than MRI in detection of affected peripheral nerves. 18F-FDG PET/CT was a whole-body imaging technique with the ability to reveal the affected cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots and plexus in non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A thorough understanding of disease and use of advanced imaging modalities will increasingly detect neurolymphomatosis. PMID:27408859

  18. Striatofrontal Deafferentiation in MSA-P: Evaluation with [18F]FDG Brain PET

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    Kim, Hae Won; Oh, Minyoung; Oh, Jungsu S.; Oh, Seung Jun; Lee, Sang Ju; Chung, Sun Ju; Kim, Jae Seung

    2017-01-01

    Background Although cognitive impairment is not a consistent feature of multiple system atrophy (MSA), increasing evidence suggests that cognitive impairment is common in MSA with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P). It is assumed that the cognitive impairment in MSA-P is caused by the striatal dysfunction and disruption of striatofrontal connections. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between regional glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex and striatum in patients with MSA-P using [18F]FDG brain PET. Methods Twenty-nine patients with MSA-P and 28 healthy controls underwent [18F]FDG brain PET scan. The [18F]FDG brain PET images were semiquantitatively analyzed on the basis of a template in standard space. The regional glucose metabolism of the cerebral cortex and striatum were compared between MSA-P and healthy control groups. The correlations between age, symptom duration, H&Y stage, UPDRS III score, MMSE score, and glucose metabolism in the cerebellum and striatum to glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex were evaluated by multivariate analysis. Results The glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex and striatum in MSA-P patients were significantly lower than those in healthy controls. Glucose metabolism in the striatum was the most powerful determinant of glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex in MSA-P. Only age and glucose metabolism in the cerebellum were independent variables affecting the glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex in healthy controls. Conclusion The decrease in frontal glucose metabolism in MSA-P is related to the decrease in striatal glucose metabolism. This result provided evidence of striatofrontal deafferentiation in patients with MSA-P. PMID:28085923

  19. (18)F-FDG PET/CT in lung cancer. The added value of quantification.

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    Lapa, P; Marques, M; Isidoro, J; Barata, F; Costa, G; de Lima, J P

    2017-05-26

    To test a software application for the quantification of metabolic heterogeneity and to evaluate its superiority in relation to visual interpretation. To investigate if a quantitative analysis adds information to the interpretation of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. The study analyzed 215 patients with a (18)F-FDG-PET/CT done for the initial staging of lung cancer between March 2011 and December 2015. The study included 57 (26.5%) women and 158 (73.5%) men, with ages ranging from 34 to 88 years (mean±SD: 67.23±10.04). There were 82 surgical stages (I, II, IIIA), and 133 non-surgical stages (IIIB, IV). The primary tumour was analyzed quantitatively by obtaining the following parameters: SUVmax, metabolic active tumour volume (MATV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), and the entropy heterogeneity index (ET). Heterogeneity was assessed visually. Death dates and/or the follow-up time were registered, ranging from 0.70 to 67.60 months (mean±SD: 23.20±17.68). In multivariate analysis, ET emerged as a better predictor of survival than visual analysis of heterogeneity that was not statistically significant. The C-index determination demonstrated that all quantitative parameters were statistically-significant predictors of survival. Cut-offs were obtained in order to compare survival times. A multivariate analysis was performed. In the total population, the best predictor was the TNM stage, but MATV, ET, and male gender were statistically significant and independent predictors of survival. In stages without surgical indication, the best predictor was the TNM stage, but the MATV and male gender were statistically significant and independent predictors of survival. In the surgical stages, ET was the only statistically significant and independent predictor of survival. Quantification adds prognostic information to the visual analysis of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  20. Striatofrontal Deafferentiation in MSA-P: Evaluation with [18F]FDG Brain PET.

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    Kim, Hae Won; Oh, Minyoung; Oh, Jungsu S; Oh, Seung Jun; Lee, Sang Ju; Chung, Sun Ju; Kim, Jae Seung

    2017-01-01

    Although cognitive impairment is not a consistent feature of multiple system atrophy (MSA), increasing evidence suggests that cognitive impairment is common in MSA with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P). It is assumed that the cognitive impairment in MSA-P is caused by the striatal dysfunction and disruption of striatofrontal connections. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between regional glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex and striatum in patients with MSA-P using [18F]FDG brain PET. Twenty-nine patients with MSA-P and 28 healthy controls underwent [18F]FDG brain PET scan. The [18F]FDG brain PET images were semiquantitatively analyzed on the basis of a template in standard space. The regional glucose metabolism of the cerebral cortex and striatum were compared between MSA-P and healthy control groups. The correlations between age, symptom duration, H&Y stage, UPDRS III score, MMSE score, and glucose metabolism in the cerebellum and striatum to glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex were evaluated by multivariate analysis. The glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex and striatum in MSA-P patients were significantly lower than those in healthy controls. Glucose metabolism in the striatum was the most powerful determinant of glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex in MSA-P. Only age and glucose metabolism in the cerebellum were independent variables affecting the glucose metabolism in the frontal cortex in healthy controls. The decrease in frontal glucose metabolism in MSA-P is related to the decrease in striatal glucose metabolism. This result provided evidence of striatofrontal deafferentiation in patients with MSA-P.

  1. Incidental focal colonic uptake in studies (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Servente, L; Gigirey, V; García Fontes, M; Alonso, O

    2017-07-24

    To assess the frequency of focal colonic uptake as an incidental observation in (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies, and to correlate this finding with histopathological results. Out of a total of 3,176 PET/CT studies with (18)F-FDG systematic analysis was carried out on 30 studies in which colonic focal uptake was observed. Patients with known colorectal neoplasia were excluded. The maximum standardised uptake values (SUVm) and the morphological findings provided by the CT were recorded. The studies were reported by a radiologist and a nuclear medicine doctor. The findings were compared with endoscopy and pathology findings. Of the 30 patients with focal hypermetabolic lesions of the colon (0.94%), 15 were men and 15 were women with ages between 27 and 73 (mean 55 years). The reasons for PET/CT were bronchopulmonary cancer (4), breast cancer (4), tumour of unknown origin (4), melanoma (3), renal carcinoma (3), cervical neoplasia (2), adenocarcinoma of ovary (2), and others (8). Of the 23 colonoscopies performed, 10 patients (43.4%) had malignant lesions, 6 (26.1%) had pre-malignant lesions, and in 7 patients (30.4%) no lesion was identified or was benign. No endoscopy was performed on 7 patients for various reasons (patient refusal to perform the study, advanced oncological disease). An analysis was performed with the SUVm, with no statistically significant differences being found between malignant-premalignant lesions and benign lesions. Focal uptake in the colon of (18)F-FDG has clinical relevance, and is mainly associated with morphological lesions in CT. It should be evaluated, as it may be a second tumour or a pre-malignant lesion. It is recommended that all focal uptakes of the colon be evaluated with endoscopy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  2. Brain (18)F-FDG PET Metabolic Abnormalities in Patients with Long-Lasting Macrophagic Myofascitis.

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    Van Der Gucht, Axel; Aoun Sebaiti, Mehdi; Guedj, Eric; Aouizerate, Jessie; Yara, Sabrina; Gherardi, Romain K; Evangelista, Eva; Chalaye, Julia; Cottereau, Anne-Ségolène; Verger, Antoine; Bachoud-Levi, Anne-Catherine; Abulizi, Mukedaisi; Itti, Emmanuel; Authier, François-Jérôme

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize brain metabolic abnormalities in patients with macrophagic myofascitis (MMF) and the relationship with cognitive dysfunction through the use of PET with (18)F-FDG. Methods:(18)F-FDG PET brain imaging and a comprehensive battery of neuropsychological tests were performed in 100 consecutive MMF patients (age [mean ± SD], 45.9 ± 12 y; 74% women). Images were analyzed with statistical parametric mapping (SPM12). Through the use of analysis of covariance, all (18)F-FDG PET brain images of MMF patients were compared with those of a reference population of 44 healthy subjects similar in age (45.4 ± 16 y; P = 0.87) and sex (73% women; P = 0.88). The neuropsychological assessment identified 4 categories of patients: those with no significant cognitive impairment (n = 42), those with frontal subcortical (FSC) dysfunction (n = 29), those with Papez circuit dysfunction (n = 22), and those with callosal disconnection (n = 7). Results: In comparison with healthy subjects, the whole population of patients with MMF exhibited a spatial pattern of cerebral glucose hypometabolism (P < 0.001) involving the occipital lobes, temporal lobes, limbic system, cerebellum, and frontoparietal cortices, as shown by analysis of covariance. The subgroup of patients with FSC dysfunction exhibited a larger extent of involved areas (35,223 voxels vs. 13,680 voxels in the subgroup with Papez circuit dysfunction and 5,453 voxels in patients without cognitive impairment). Nonsignificant results were obtained for the last subgroup because of its small population size. Conclusion: Our study identified a peculiar spatial pattern of cerebral glucose hypometabolism that was most marked in MMF patients with FSC dysfunction. Further studies are needed to determine whether this pattern could represent a diagnostic biomarker of MMF in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and cognitive dysfunction.

  3. 18F-FDG PET/CT in multicentric Castleman disease: a case report

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    Zhang, Jiexin; Yang, Lu

    2016-01-01

    Castleman disease (CD) is a chronic lymphoproliferative disorder characterized by unexplained enlarged lymph nodes. According to lymph nodes distribution it contains two types of single-centric and multicentric (more than one site) disease. Multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) is rare, and shows unspecific manifestation with high misdiagnosis rate. Here we reported a case of MCD in a 43-year-old male. 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging demonstrated higher FDG uptake in multiple lymph nodes and slightly FDG uptake in spleen and bone marrow. Right inguinal Lymph node biopsy was taken and the results confirmed CD. PMID:26904580

  4. Fireworks-induced chest wall granulomatous disease: 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging.

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    Le, Stephanie T; Nguyen, Ba Duong

    2014-04-01

    The authors present a case of 18F-FDG-avid granulomatous reaction induced by fireworks injury of the chest wall in a patient with esophageal adenocarcinoma. This hypermetabolic lesion, involving the right pectoralis muscles, appeared slightly more prominent on restaging PET/CT imaging following chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Excisional biopsy of the lesion established the diagnosis of foreign-body granulomatous-type inflammation with surrounding foci of non-polarizable black foreign material and ruled out malignancy. The patient recalled accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a Roman candle at the age of 3.

  5. Multicenter Standardized 18F-FDG PET Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Other Dementias

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    Mosconi, Lisa; Tsui, Wai H.; Herholz, Karl; Pupi, Alberto; Drzezga, Alexander; Lucignani, Giovanni; Reiman, Eric M.; Holthoff, Vjera; Kalbe, Elke; Sorbi, Sandro; Diehl-Schmid, Janine; Perneczky, Robert; Clerici, Francesca; Caselli, Richard; Beuthien-Baumann, Bettina; Kurz, Alexander; Minoshima, Satoshi; de Leon, Mony J.

    2013-01-01

    This multicenter study examined 18F-FDG PET measures in the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) from normal aging and from each other and the relation of disease-specific patterns to mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Methods We examined the 18F-FDG PET scans of 548 subjects, including 110 healthy elderly individuals (“normals” or NLs), 114 MCI, 199 AD,98FTD, and 27 DLB patients, collected at 7 participating centers. Individual PET scans were Z scored using automated voxel-based comparison with generation of disease-specific patterns of cortical and hippocampal 18F-FDG uptake that were then applied to characterize MCI. Results Standardized disease-specific PET patterns were developed that correctly classified 95%AD, 92% DLB,94%FTD,and 94%NL. MCI patients showed primarily posterior cingulate cortex and hippocampal hypometabolism (81%), whereas neocortical abnormalities varied according to neuropsychological profiles. An AD PET pattern was observed in 79% MCI with deficits in multiple cognitive domains and 31% amnesic MCI. 18F-FDG PET heterogeneity in MCI with nonmemory deficits ranged from absent hypometabolism to FTD and DLB PET patterns. Conclusion Standardized automated analysis of 18F-FDG PET scans may provide an objective and sensitive support to the clinical diagnosis in early dementia. PMID:18287270

  6. Value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in diagnosing chronic Q fever in patients with central vascular disease.

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    Hagenaars, J C J P; Wever, P C; Vlake, A W; Renders, N H M; van Petersen, A S; Hilbink, M; de Jager-Leclercq, M G L; Moll, F L; Koning, O H J; Hoekstra, C J

    2016-08-01

    The aim of this study is to describe the value of 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) in diagnosing chronic Q fever in patients with central vascular disease and the added value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnostic combination strategy as described in the Dutch consensus guideline for diagnosing chronic Q fever. 18F-FDG PET/CT was performed in patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm or aorto-iliac reconstruction and chronic Q fever, diagnosed by serology and positive PCR for Coxiella burnetii DNA in blood and/or tissue (PCR-positive study group). Patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm or aorto-iliac reconstruction without clinical and serological findings indicating Q fever infection served as a control group. Patients with a serological profile of chronic Q fever and a negative PCR in blood were included in additional analyses (PCR-negative study group). Thirteen patients were evaluated in the PCR-positive study group and 22 patients in the control group. 18F-FDG PET/CT indicated vascular infection in 6/13 patients in the PCR-positive study group and 2/22 patients in the control group. 18F-FDG PET/CT demonstrated a sensitivity of 46% (95% CI: 23-71%), specificity of 91% (95% CI: 71-99%), positive predictive value of 75% (95% CI:41-93%) and negative predictive value of 74% (95% CI: 55-87%). In the PCR-negative study group, 18F-FDG PET/CT was positive in 10/20 patients (50%). The combination of 18F-FDG PET/CT, as an imaging tool for identifying a focus of infection, and Q fever serology is a valid diagnostic strategy for diagnosing chronic Q fever in patients with central vascular disease.

  7. (18)F-FDG PET image biomarkers improve prediction of late radiation-induced xerostomia.

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    van Dijk, Lisanne V; Noordzij, Walter; Brouwer, Charlotte L; Boellaard, Ronald; Burgerhof, Johannes G M; Langendijk, Johannes A; Sijtsema, Nanna M; Steenbakkers, Roel J H M

    2017-09-23

    Current prediction of radiation-induced xerostomia 12months after radiotherapy (Xer12m) is based on mean parotid gland dose and baseline xerostomia (Xerbaseline) scores. The hypothesis of this study was that prediction of Xer12m is improved with patient-specific characteristics extracted from (18)F-FDG PET images, quantified in PET image biomarkers (PET-IBMs). Intensity and textural PET-IBMs of the parotid gland were collected from pre-treatment (18)F-FDG PET images of 161 head and neck cancer patients. Patient-rated toxicity was prospectively collected. Multivariable logistic regression models resulting from step-wise forward selection and Lasso regularisation were internally validated by bootstrapping. The reference model with parotid gland dose and Xerbaseline was compared with the resulting PET-IBM models. High values of the intensity PET-IBM (90th percentile (P90)) and textural PET-IBM (Long Run High Grey-level Emphasis 3 (LRHG3E)) were significantly associated with lower risk of Xer12m. Both PET-IBMs significantly added in the prediction of Xer12m to the reference model. The AUC increased from 0.73 (0.65-0.81) (reference model) to 0.77 (0.70-0.84) (P90) and 0.77 (0.69-0.84) (LRHG3E). Prediction of Xer12m was significantly improved with pre-treatment PET-IBMs, indicating that high metabolic parotid gland activity is associated with lower risk of developing late xerostomia. This study highlights the potential of incorporating patient-specific PET-derived functional characteristics into NTCP model development. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. 123I-Mibg scintigraphy and 18F-Fdg-Pet imaging for diagnosing neuroblastoma

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    Bleeker, Gitta; Tytgat, Godelieve Am; Adam, Judit A; Caron, Huib N; Kremer, Leontien Cm; Hooft, Lotty; van Dalen, Elvira C

    2015-01-01

    Background Neuroblastoma is an embryonic tumour of childhood that originates in the neural crest. It is the second most common extracranial malignant solid tumour of childhood. Neuroblastoma cells have the unique capacity to accumulate Iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG), which can be used for imaging the tumour. Moreover, 123I-MIBG scintigraphy is not only important for the diagnosis of neuroblastoma, but also for staging and localization of skeletal lesions. If these are present, MIBG follow-up scans are used to assess the patient's response to therapy. However, the sensitivity and specificity of 123I-MIBG scintigraphy to detect neuroblastoma varies according to the literature. Prognosis, treatment and response to therapy of patients with neuroblastoma are currently based on extension scoring of 123I-MIBG scans. Due to its clinical use and importance, it is necessary to determine the exact diagnostic accuracy of 123I-MIBG scintigraphy. In case the tumour is not MIBG avid, fluorine-18-fluorodeoxy-glucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) is often used and the diagnostic accuracy of this test should also be assessed. Objectives Primary objectives: 1.1 To determine the diagnostic accuracy of 123I-MIBG (single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), with or without computed tomography (CT)) scintigraphy for detecting a neuroblastoma and its metastases at first diagnosis or at recurrence in children from 0 to 18 years old. 1.2 To determine the diagnostic accuracy of negative 123I-MIBG scintigraphy in combination with 18F-FDG-PET(-CT) imaging for detecting a neuroblastoma and its metastases at first diagnosis or at recurrence in children from 0 to 18 years old, i.e. an add-on test. Secondary objectives: 2.1 To determine the diagnostic accuracy of 18F-FDG-PET(-CT) imaging for detecting a neuroblastoma and its metastases at first diagnosis or at recurrence in children from 0 to 18 years old. 2.2 To compare the diagnostic accuracy of 123I

  9. 18F-FDG microPET imaging differentiates between septic and aseptic wound healing after orthopedic implant placement

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    Odekerken, Jim C E; Brans, Boudewijn T; Welting, Tim J M; Walenkamp, Geert H I M

    2014-01-01

    Background and purpose 18F-FDG PET is a widely used tool for molecular imaging of oncological, cardiovascular, and neurological disorders. We evaluated 18F-FDG microPET as an implant osteomyelitis imaging tool using a Staphylococcus aureus-induced peroperative implant infection in rabbits. Methods Intramedullary titanium nails were implanted in contaminated and uncontaminated (control) proximal right tibiae of rabbits. Tibiae were quantitatively assessed with microPET for 18F-FDG uptake before and sequentially at 1, 3, and 6 weeks after surgery. Tracer uptake was assessed in soft tissue and bone in both treatment groups with an additional comparison between the operated and unoperated limb. MicroPET analysis was combined with radiographic assessment and complementary histology of the tibiae. Results At the first postoperative week, the 18F-FDG uptake in the contaminated implant group was significantly higher than the preoperative measurement, without a significant difference between the contaminated and uncontaminated tibiae. From the third postoperative week onward, 18F-FDG uptake allowed discrimination between osteomyelitis and postoperative aseptic bone healing, as well as quantification of the infection at distinct locations around the implant. Interpretation 18F-FDG-based microPET imaging allows differentiation between deep infection and undisturbed wound healing after implantation of a titanium intramedullary nail in this rabbit model. Furthermore, our results indicate that 18F-FDG PET may provide a tool in human clinical diagnostics and for the evaluation of antimicrobial strategies in animal models of orthopedic implant infection. PMID:24673540

  10. Post-PET ultrasound improves specificity of 18F-FDG-PET for recurrent differentiated thyroid cancer while maintaining sensitivity.

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    Biermann, Martin; Kråkenes, Jostein; Brauckhoff, Katrin; Haugland, Hans Kristian; Heinecke, Achim; Akslen, Lars A; Varhaug, Jan Erik; Brauckhoff, Michael

    2015-11-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) using fluor-18-deoxyglucose (18F-FDG) with or without computed tomography (CT) is generally accepted as the most sensitive imaging modality for diagnosing recurrent differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) in patients with negative whole body scintigraphy with iodine-131 (I-131). To assess the potential incremental value of ultrasound (US) over 18F-FDG-PET-CT. Fifty-one consecutive patients with suspected recurrent DTC were prospectively evaluated using the following multimodal imaging protocol: (i) US before PET (pre-US) with or without fine needle biopsy (FNB) of suspicious lesions; (ii) single photon emission computed tomography (≥3 GBq I-131) with co-registered CT (SPECT-CT); (iii) 18F-FDG-PET with co-registered contrast-enhanced CT of the neck; (iv) US in correlation with the other imaging modalities (post-US). Postoperative histology, FNB, and long-term follow-up (median, 2.8 years) were taken as composite gold standard. Fifty-eight malignant lesions were identified in 34 patients. Forty lesions were located in the neck or upper mediastinum. On receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis, 18F-FDG-PET had a limited lesion-based specificity of 59% at a set sensitivity of 90%. Pre-US had poor sensitivity and specificity of 52% and 53%, respectively, increasing to 85% and 94% on post-US, with knowledge of the PET/CT findings (P < 0.05 vs. PET and pre-US). Multimodal imaging changed therapy in 15 out of 51 patients (30%). In patients with suspected recurrent DTC, supplemental targeted US in addition to 18F-FDG-PET-CT increases specificity while maintainin sensitivity, as non-malignant FDG uptake in cervical lesions can be confirmed. © The Foundation Acta Radiologica 2015.

  11. Multiple values of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in idiopathic inflammatory myopathy.

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    Li, Yuan; Zhou, Yunshan; Wang, Qian

    2017-08-22

    This study aimed to investigate the multiple values of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in detecting malignant tumors, evaluating myopathy, and determining interstitial lung disease in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM). We retrospectively analyzed the data of 38 patients who were examined by (18)F-FDG PET/CT and eventually diagnosed as IIM. We also collected the data of another 22 cases with negative PET/CT as the control. Pulmonary HRCT images were acquired simultaneously with regular (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging for each patient. Image analysis included the presence of malignant lesions, muscular FDG uptake, and interstitial lung disease and its imaging features. IIM was classified into polymyositis (PM), classic dermatomyositis (CDM), and clinical amyopathic dermatomyositis (CADM). All suspected malignant lesions were confirmed by histopathological examination. Interstitial lung disease was diagnosed by HRCT. Rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease (RP-ILD) was determined according to clinical follow-ups. The significance of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of malignancy, observation of activity of myopathy, and determination of interstitial lung disease in IIM patients was explored based on the final clinical diagnosis. In the 38 patients with IIM, 3 cases were classified as PM, 18 as CDM, and 17 as CADM. PET/CT correctly detected 7 cases (18.4%) of malignant tumors, and all of which were found in CDM and PM patients. The muscular FDG uptake in IIM patients was higher than the control population, and it was higher in patients with myopathy (including PM and CDM) than in patients with CADM. The muscular FDG uptake in IIM patients was correlated with elevated serum creatine kinase level (r = 0.332, P = 0.042) and impaired muscle strength (r = -0.605, P < 0.001). Interstitial lung disease was detected by HRCT in 30 patients (78.9%), and 7 of them were eventually confirmed as RP-ILD, according to the clinical outcome. The FDG uptake in lung lesions of

  12. Spectrum of the Breast Lesions With Increased 18F-FDG Uptake on PET/CT

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    Dong, Aisheng; Wang, Yang; Lu, Jianping; Zuo, Changjing

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Interpretation of 18F-FDG PET/CT studies in breast is challenging owing to nonspecific FDG uptake in various benign and malignant conditions. Benign conditions include breast changes in pregnancy and lactation, gynecomastia, mastitis, fat necrosis, fibroadenoma, intraductal papilloma, and atypical ductal hyperplasia. Among malignancies, invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma are common histological types of breast carcinoma. Rarely, other unusual histological types of breast carcinomas (eg, intraductal papillary carcinoma, invasive micropapillary carcinoma, medullary carcinoma, mucinous carcinoma, and metaplastic carcinoma), lymphoma, and metastasis can be the causes. Knowledge of a wide spectrum of hypermetabolic breast lesions on FDG PET/CT is essential in accurate reading of FDG PET/CT. The purpose of this atlas article is to demonstrate features of various breast lesions encountered at our institution, both benign and malignant, which can result in hypermetabolism on FDG PET/CT imaging. PMID:26975010

  13. 18F-FDG PET/CT for Monitoring of Treatment Response in Breast Cancer

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    Avril, Stefanie; Muzic, Raymond F.; Plecha, Donna; Traughber, Bryan J.; Vinayak, Shaveta; Avril, Norbert

    2016-01-01

    Changes in tumor metabolic activity have been shown to be an early indicator of treatment effectiveness for breast cancer, mainly in the neoadjuvant setting. The histopathologic response at the completion of chemotherapy has been used as the reference standard for assessment of the accuracy of 18F-FDG PET in predicting a response during systemic treatment. Although a pathologic complete response (pCR) remains an important positive prognostic factor for an individual patient, a recent metaanalysis could validate pCR as a surrogate marker for patient outcomes only in aggressive breast cancer subtypes. For establishment of the clinical application of metabolic treatment response studies, larger series of specific breast cancer subtypes—including hormone receptor–positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2–positive, and triple-negative breast cancers—are necessary. In addition, thresholds for relative changes in 18F-FDG uptake to distinguish between responding and nonresponding tumors need to be validated for different systemic treatment approaches, with progression-free survival and overall survival as references. A PET-based treatment stratification is applicable clinically only if valid alternative therapies are available. Of note, patients who do not achieve a pCR might still benefit from neoadjuvant therapy enabling breast-conserving surgery. In the metastatic setting, residual tumor metabolic activity after the initiation of systemic therapy is an indicator of active disease, whereas a complete resolution of metabolic activity is predictive of a successful treatment response. PMID:26834099

  14. EANM procedure guidelines for PET brain imaging using [18F]FDG, version 2.

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    Varrone, Andrea; Asenbaum, Susanne; Vander Borght, Thierry; Booij, Jan; Nobili, Flavio; Någren, Kjell; Darcourt, Jacques; Kapucu, Ozlem L; Tatsch, Klaus; Bartenstein, Peter; Van Laere, Koen

    2009-12-01

    These guidelines summarize the current views of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine Neuroimaging Committee (ENC). The purpose of the guidelines is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in making recommendations, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of fluorine-18 fluoro-2-deoxyglucose ([(18)F]FDG) PET imaging of the brain. The aim is to help achieve a high standard of FDG imaging, which will increase the diagnostic impact of this technique in neurological and psychiatric practice. The present document replaces a former version of the guidelines that were published in 2002 [1] and includes an update in the light of advances in PET technology, the introduction of hybrid PET/CT systems and the broadening clinical indications for FDG brain imaging. These guidelines are intended to present information specifically adapted for European practice. The information provided should be taken in the context of local conditions and regulations.

  15. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT for systemic staging of newly diagnosed triple-negative breast cancer.

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    Ulaner, Gary A; Castillo, Raychel; Goldman, Debra A; Wills, Jonathan; Riedl, Christopher C; Pinker-Domenig, Katja; Jochelson, Maxine S; Gönen, Mithat

    2016-10-01

    National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines recommend (18)F-FDG-PET/CT, in addition to standard staging procedures, for systemic staging of newly diagnosed stage III breast cancer patients. However, factors in addition to stage may influence PET/CT utility. As breast cancers that are negative for estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and human epidermal growth factor receptor (triple-negative breast cancer, or TNBC) are more aggressive and metastasize earlier than other breast cancers, we hypothesized that receptor expression may be one such factor. This study assesses (18)F-FDG-PET/CT for systemic staging of newly diagnosed TNBC. In this Institutional Review Board-approved retrospective study, our Healthcare Information System was screened for patients with TNBC who underwent (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in 2007-2013 prior to systemic or radiation therapy. Initial stage was determined from mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and/or surgery, if performed prior to (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was evaluated to identify unsuspected extra-axillary regional nodal and distant metastases, as well as unsuspected synchronous malignancies. Kaplan Meier survival estimates were calculated for initial stage IIB patients stratified by whether or not stage 4 disease was detected by (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. A total of 232 patients with TNBC met inclusion criteria. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT revealed unsuspected distant metastases in 30 (13 %): 0/23 initial stage I, 4/82 (5 %) stage IIA, 13/87 (15 %) stage IIB, 4/23 (17 %) stage IIIA, 8/14 (57 %) stage IIIB, and 1/3 (33 %) stage IIIC. Twenty-six of 30 patients upstaged to IV by (18)F-FDG-PET/CT were confirmed by pathology, with the remaining four patients confirmed by follow-up imaging. In addition, seven unsuspected synchronous malignancies were identified in six patients. Initial stage 2B patients who were upstaged to 4 by (18)F-FDG-PET/CT had significantly shorter survival compared to initial stage 2B patients who were

  16. (18)F-FDG PET/CT and contrast-enhanced CT findings of pulmonary cryptococcosis.

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    Wang, Si-Yun; Chen, Gang; Luo, Dong-Lan; Shao, Dan; Liu, En-Tao; Sun, Taotao; Wang, Shu-Xia

    2017-04-01

    Pulmonary cryptococcosis is an uncommon cause of pulmonary nodules in non-AIDS patients. This study reports the (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) and contrast-enhanced CT (CE-CT) findings of 42 patients with pulmonary cryptococcosis. A retrospective review of the (18)F-FDG PET/CT and CE-CT findings of 42 patients with histologically proven pulmonary cryptococcosis was conducted. All patients underwent PET/CT and CE-CT in the same session. The CT diagnosis was based on the location, morphological features, and enhancement of lesions. The PET/CT findings were recorded, and clinical data and surgical and histopathological findings were collected. The results of the PET scans revealed that 37 (88%) of 42 patients showed higher FDG uptake, and 5 (12%) patients demonstrated lower FDG uptake than the mediastinal blood pool. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUV) of pulmonary cryptococcosis ranged from 1.4 to 13.0 (average: 5.7±3.3, median 4.9). A single nodular pattern was the most prevalent pattern observed and was found in 29 (69%) patients. This pattern was followed by scattered nodular (n=4, 10%), clustered nodular (n=3, 7%), mass-like (n=3, 7%), and bronchopneumonic (n=3, 7%) patterns. The most frequent pattern of immunocompetent patients was the single nodular pattern (29 of 33, 88%). Immunocompromised patients most frequently pattern exhibited mass-like (3 of 9, 33%) and bronchopneumonic (3 of 9, 33%) patterns. Pulmonary cryptococcosis most commonly appears as single nodules in immunocompetent patients. Mass-like and bronchopneumonic patterns were common in immunocompromised patients. In 88% of patients, lung lesions showed high FDG uptake, thus mimicking a possible malignant condition. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Triage of Limited Versus Extensive Disease on (18)F-FDG PET/CT Scan in Small Cell lung Cancer.

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    Saima, Riaz; Humayun, Bashir; Khalid, Niazi Imran

    2017-01-01

    Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine carcinoma, which accounts for 10-15% of pulmonary cancers and exhibits early metastatic spread. This study aimed to determine the added value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging in tumor, node, and metastasis (TNM) staging of SCLC, compared to the conventional computed tomography (CT) scan and its potential role as a prognosticator. This retrospective review was conducted on 23 patients, who were histopathologically diagnosed to have SCLC and referred for undergoing (18)F-FDG PET/CT scanning during October 2009-December 2015. The rate of agreement between the CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT findings for TNM staging was calculated using the Cohen's kappa (κ). The median follow-up time was eight months, ranging 27-3 months). The overall and disease-free survival rates were calculated based on the extent of disease. 19 cases were male and four female with the mean age of 58±9 years. The (18)F-FDG PET/CT identified limited and extensive diseases in 2 (8.7%) and 21 (91.3%) patients, respectively. In addition, the results of the Cohen's kappa demonstrated a strong (κ=0.82), fair (κ=0.24), and poor (κ=0.12) agreement between the PET/CT and CT findings for determining tumor, node, and metastasis stages, respectively. The (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans upstaged disease in 47% of the cases with visceral and osseous metastasis. The disease-free survival rates for the limited and extensive diseases were 100% and 23% within the 12-month follow-up. In addition, 8 (35%) patients expired during the follow-up period. Improved nodal and metastatic disease identification highlights the role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT scanning in initial staging of SCLC with prognostic implications.

  18. Comparison of 18F-FDG PET/CT and PET/MRI in patients with multiple myeloma

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    Sachpekidis, Christos; Hillengass, Jens; Goldschmidt, Hartmut; Mosebach, Jennifer; Pan, Leyun; Schlemmer, Heinz-Peter; Haberkorn, Uwe; Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, Antonia

    2015-01-01

    PET/MRI represents a promising hybrid imaging modality with several potential clinical applications. Although PET/MRI seems highly attractive in the diagnostic approach of multiple myeloma (MM), its role has not yet been evaluated. The aims of this prospective study are to evaluate the feasibility of 18F-FDG PET/MRI in detection of MM lesions, and to investigate the reproducibility of bone marrow lesions detection and quantitative data of 18F-FDG uptake between the functional (PET) component of PET/CT and PET/MRI in MM patients. The study includes 30 MM patients. All patients initially underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT (60 min p.i.), followed by PET/MRI (120 min p.i.). PET/CT and PET/MRI data were assessed and compared based on qualitative (lesion detection) and quantitative (SUV) evaluation. The hybrid PET/MRI system provided good image quality in all cases without artefacts. PET/MRI identified 65 of the 69 lesions, which were detectable with PET/CT (94.2%). Quantitative PET evaluations showed the following mean values in MM lesions: SUVaverage=5.5 and SUVmax=7.9 for PET/CT; SUVaverage=3.9 and SUVmax=5.8 for PET/MRI. Both SUVaverage and SUVmax were significantly higher on PET/CT than on PET/MRI. Spearman correlation analysis demonstrated a strong correlation between both lesional SUVaverage (r=0.744) and lesional SUVmax (r=0.855) values derived from PET/CT and PET/MRI. Regarding detection of myeloma skeletal lesions, PET/MRI exhibited equivalent performance to PET/CT. In terms of tracer uptake quantitation, a significant correlation between the two techniques was demonstrated, despite the statistically significant differences in lesional SUVs between PET/CT and PET/MRI. PMID:26550538

  19. Uterine leiomyosarcoma metastatic to thyroid shown by (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging.

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    Gauthé, M; Testart Dardel, N; Nascimento, C; Trassard, M; Banal, A; Alberini, J-L

    About one third of focal thyroid uptakes in a fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) study are malignant, the most frequent histological type being papillary carcinoma. Metastases to the thyroid account for approximately 7.5% of thyroid malignancies and come mainly from kidney, lung, head and neck, and breast cancers. We report the case of a 64-year-old woman presenting a fast growing thyroid nodule whose primitive or metastatic origin was not obvious, for which (18)F-FDG PET/CT helped in the diagnostic process and in the later management of the patient. Histopathologic findings finally revealed a metastasis of uterine leiomyosarcoma. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  20. Is the physical decay correction of the (18)F-FDG input function in dynamic PET imaging justified?

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    Laffon, Eric; Barret, Olivier; Marthan, Roger; Ducassou, Dominique

    2009-06-01

    In this theoretic note, the rationale for the physical decay correction of the (18)F-FDG input function in dynamic PET is investigated, using the Patlak equation as an example. The Patlak equation conventionally obtained when correcting the (18)F-FDG input function and correcting the tissue activity measurement for (18)F physical decay can also be derived from a 2-compartment analysis that does not conceptually involve any physical decay correction of the (18)F-FDG input function but accounts only for the physical decay of the trapped tracer. We demonstrate that exactly the same equation can be derived from the 2 conceptual approaches, and hence each approach yields the correct uptake rate of the tracer. No advantage in (18)F-FDG dynamic PET can be expected from using the concept of uncorrected data rather than that of decay-corrected data. Nevertheless, conceptually, we show that correcting the (18)F-FDG input function for radioactive decay cannot be justified and that this correction is not compatible with the calculation of patient radiation dose.

  1. Adrenal tuberculosis masquerading as disseminated malignancy: A pitfall of (18)F-FDG PET/CT Imaging.

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    Gorla, A K R; Gupta, K; Sood, A; Biswal, C K; Bhansali, A; Mittal, B R

    2016-01-01

    Non-invasive characterization of adrenal lesions is a commonly encountered diagnostic challenge. Characteristic clinical and correlative imaging findings may assist in only arriving at a probable diagnosis. Currently, (18)F-FDG PET/CT is considered to provide the most comprehensive imaging information. We here present a case of bilateral adrenal tuberculosis that highlights the need for caution during the interpretation of (18)F-FDG PET/CT and also the need to suggest histopathological correlation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  2. (18)F-FDG PET/CT for the detection of large vessel vasculitis in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica.

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    Lavado-Pérez, C; Martínez-Rodríguez, I; Martínez-Amador, N; Banzo, I; Quirce, R; Jiménez-Bonilla, J; De Arcocha-Torres, M; Bravo-Ferrer, Z; Jiménez-Alonso, M; López-Defilló, J L; Blanco, R; González-Gay, M A; Carril, J M

    2015-01-01

    Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) may present together with large vessel vasculitis (LVV), and frequently requires a more intensive therapy. The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis and management of LVV associated to PMR. This prospective study included 40 consecutive patients (27 women/13 men, 68.10±10.27 years) with PMR and suspicion of associated LVV submitted for (18)F-FDG PET/CT. A PET/CT scan was obtained 180 min after (18)F-FDG intravenous injection. A visual analysis was performed on the images. Five vascular regions were evaluated: supra-aortic trunks (SAT), thoracic aorta (TA), abdominal aorta (AA), iliac arteries (IA), and femoral/tibioperoneal arteries (FTA). The intensity of uptake was graded from 0 to 3. A final diagnosis of LVV was established in 26/40 patients (65%). In the 26 patients with a diagnosis of LVV, the highest intensity of (18)F-FDG uptake was observed in the TA, SAT, and FTA. All of these patients showed uptake at the TA, with grade 2 and 3 in most cases. In 4 of the 14 patients without LVV, no uptake was observed in any vascular region, and in the other 10 patients only a grade 1 uptake was observed in 1 or to 2 territories. Out of the 20 treated LVV patients, (18)F-FDG PET/CT led to a therapeutic change in 17 (85%). (18)F-FDG PET/CT was useful in identifying patients with LVV associated to PMR. The detection of vascular inflammation had an important impact, and led to a change of treatment in a high percentage of patients with LVV. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  3. Cervix carcinoma and incidental finding of medullary thyroid carcinoma by 18F-FDG PET/CT--clinical case.

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    Chaushev, Borislav; Bochev, Pavel; Klisarova, Anelia; Yordanov, Kaloyan; Encheva, Elitsa; Dancheva, Jivka; Yordanova, Cvetelina; Hristozov, Kiril; Krasnaliev, Ivan; Radev, Radoslav; Nenkov, Rumen

    2014-01-01

    Thyroid nodules are encountered in clinical practice during the diagnostic procedures or patients' follow-up due to other diseases quite far from the thyroid gland with prevalence 4-50% in general population, depending on age, diagnostic method and race. The prevalence of thyroid nodules increases with age and their clarification should be done for their adequate treatment. An 18F-FDG PET/CT was done with a PET/CT scanner (Philips Gemini TF), consisting of dedicated lutetium orthosilicate full ring PET scanner and 16 slice CT. The PET/CT scan of the whole-body revealed on the CT portion a hypodense nodular lesion in the left lobe of the thyroid gland with increased uptake of 18F-FDG on the PET with SUVmax 10.3 and demonstrated a complete response to the induction therapy of the main oncological disease of the patient--squamous cell carcinoma. This clinical case demonstrates that whole-body 18F-FDG-PET/CT has an increasingly important role in the early evaluation of thyroid cancer as a second independent malignant localization. Focal thyroid lesion with high risk of thyroid malignancy was incidentally found on 18F-FDG PET/CT.

  4. 18F-FDG PET-CT Findings Before and After Laparoscopic Cryoablation of Small Renal Mass: An Initial Report

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    Sivro, Ferida; van der Zee, Johan A.; Baars, Phillippe C.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of positron emission tomography (PET) molecular imaging combined with low-dose computed tomography (CT) in small renal mass (SRM) treated with cryoablation (CA). Currently, treatment success is defined by the absence of contrast enhancement at CT. However, the use of contrast is relatively contraindicated in patients with renal function impairment, mandating alternative follow-up strategies. Several reasons were identified as criteria for performing PET-CT before and/or after SRM-CA in 9 patients, and the results were retrospectively studied. The histology revealed renal cell carcinoma in 7 patients and oncocytoma in 2 patients. In 6 patients, a PET-CT was performed before and after CA. In one patient, the PET-CT was performed only before CA and in 2 patients only after CA. Before CA, clearly there was metabolic uptake of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) in the SRM in all patients. Following CA, the absence of 18F-FDG uptakes in the SRM could clearly be noticed. However, the tracer cannot always be distinguished from focal recurrence or reactive inflammatory tissue. In one patient, asymptomatic metastatic bone lesions were noticed when performing PET-CT at follow-up. This pilot study with 18F-FDG PET-CT for the follow-up of SRM cryosurgery showed that 18F-FDG PET-CT imaging could be used to characterize cryoablative tissue injury at different times after CA. PMID:28326272

  5. (18)F-FDG PET/CT follow-up of follicular dendritic cell sarcoma.

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    Albano, D; Bosio, G; Bertagna, F

    Follicular dendritic cell sarcoma (FDCS) is a rare lymphoid neoplasm which occurs mainly in lymph nodes, especially cervical and mediastinal; it can be difficult to diagnose and often is misdiagnosed. Its pathogenesis is still not clear, like its evolution. We report a case of 60-year-old woman with FDCS of left lateral cervical node followed for almost 10 years, after a left selective neck dissection, who underwent five (18)F-FDG PET/CT. This technique has proven to be an useful method for the management of this patient, mainly for the follow up, detection of relapse and therapy response evaluation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  6. Multiple myeloma: 18F-FDG-PET/CT and diagnostic imaging.

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    Mihailovic, Jasna; Goldsmith, Stanley J

    2015-01-01

    Multiple myeloma (MM) is a relatively rare hematologic disorder characterized by proliferation of plasma cells, primarily involving the bone marrow. Extramedullary involvement also occurs with poor prognosis. Asymptomatic plasma cell disorders, monoclonal gammopathy of uncertain significance, and smoldering MM, which do not require therapy, should be distinguished from symptomatic MM, which requires treatment. MM may present with CRAB, elevated Calcium levels, Renal insufficiency, Anemia, and Bone lesions (including lytic lesions and osteopenia), as well as elevated levels of serum M protein or urine M protein or both. Nonsecretory myeloma in which serum and urine M proteins are absent occurs rarely, accounting for 1%-5% of patients with myeloma, but low levels of abnormal immunoglobulins are often present. Staging of patients with MM is done according to the Durie and Salmon criteria based on laboratory testing (determination of hemoglobin, serum calcium, and serum and urine M proteins) and conventional radiography. A variety of diagnostic imaging procedures have been employed to assess the extent of disease in MM and to evaluate the response to treatment as well as provide surveillance for the detection of recurrent disease. These include whole-body x-ray, which despite its limitations is regularly used to detect lytic bone lesions; CT radiography; MRI; and a variety of radionuclide imaging procedures, with (18)F-FDG-PET/CT emerging as the radionuclide procedure of choice. Recently, the Durie-Salmon criteria have been upgrade to the Durie-Salmon PLUS system, which includes (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and MRI of the spine and pelvis.

  7. 18F-FDG PET/CT in solitary plasmacytoma: metabolic behavior and progression to multiple myeloma.

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    Albano, Domenico; Bosio, Giovanni; Treglia, Giorgio; Giubbini, Raffaele; Bertagna, Francesco

    2017-08-19

    Solitary plasmacytoma (SP) is a rare plasma-cell neoplasm, which can develop both in skeletal and/or soft tissue and frequently progresses to multiple myeloma (MM). Our aim was to study the metabolic behavior of SP and the role of 18F-FDG-PET/CT in predicting progression to MM. Sixty-two patients with SP who underwent 18F-FDG-PET/CT before any treatment were included. PET images were qualitatively and semiquantitatively analyzed by measuring the maximum standardized uptake value body weight (SUVbw), lean body mass (SUVlbm), body surface area (SUVbsa), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG) and compared with age, sex, site of primary disease, and tumor size. Fifty-one patients had positive 18F-FDG-PET/CT (average SUVbw was 8.3 ± 4.7; SUVlbm 5.8 ± 2.6; SUVbsa 2 ± 1; MTV 45.4 ± 37; TLG 227 ± 114); the remaining 11 were not 18F-FDG-avid. Tumor size was significantly higher in patients avid lesions compared to FDG not avid; no other features are associated with FDG-avidity. Progression to MM occurred in 29 patients with an average of 18.3 months; MM was more likely to develop in patients with bone plasmacytoma and in patients with 18F-FDG avid lesion. Time to transformation in MM (TTMM) was significantly shorter in patients with osseous SP, in 18F-FDG avid lesion, for SUVlbm > 5.2 and SUVbsa > 1.7. 18F-FDG pathological uptake in SP occurred in most cases, being independently associated with tumor size. PET/CT seemed to be correlated to a higher risk of transformation in MM, in particular for 18F-FDG avid plasmacytoma and SBP. Among semiquantitative features, SUVlbm > 5.2 and SUVbsa > 1.7 were significantly correlated with TTMM.

  8. 18F-FDG PET for mediastinal staging of lung cancer: which SUV threshold makes sense?

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    Hellwig, Dirk; Graeter, Thomas P; Ukena, Dieter; Groeschel, Andreas; Sybrecht, Gerhard W; Schaefers, Hans-Joachim; Kirsch, Carl-Martin

    2007-11-01

    (18)F-FDG PET is the most accurate noninvasive modality for staging mediastinal lymph nodes in lung cancer. Besides using visual image interpretation, some institutions use standardized uptake value (SUV) measurements in lymph nodes. Mostly, an SUV of 2.5 is used as the cutoff, but this choice was never deduced from respective studies. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses demonstrated that SUV thresholds of more than 4 resulted in the highest accuracy. But these high cutoffs imply high false-negative rates (FNRs). The aim of our evaluation was to determine an optimal SUV threshold and to compare its diagnostic performance with the results of visual interpretation. This retrospective study included 95 patients with suspected lung cancer who underwent mediastinoscopy/mediastinal lymphadenectomy after (18)F-FDG PET (90-150 min after 250 MBq of (18)F-FDG). Maximum SUV was measured in 371 lymph node regions biopsied afterward and visually interpreted using a 6-level score (- - - through + + +). Diagnostic performance was assessed by ROC analysis. FNR and false-positive rate (FPR), the sum of both error rates (FNR + FPR), and diagnostic accuracy were plotted against a hypothetical SUV threshold to determine the optimum SUV threshold. SUVs in metastatic lymph nodes were higher (mean +/- SD, 7.1 +/- 4.5; range, 1.4-26.9; n = 70) than in tumor-free lymph node stations (2.4 +/- 1.7; range, 0.6-14.9; n = 301; P < 0.01). Inflammatory lymph nodes exhibited slightly increased SUVs (2.7 +/- 2.0; range, 0.8-14.9; n = 146). The plot of error rates featured a minimum of the sum FNR + FPR for an SUV of 2.5. With increasing SUV threshold, the FPR decreased most prominently up to that value whereas a continuous rise of FNR was noticed. Highest diagnostic accuracy was achieved with an SUV of 4.5. The areas under the ROC curves demonstrated that visual interpretation tends to be more accurate than SUV quantification (visual, 0.930 +/- 0.022; SUV, 0.899 +/- 0.025; P = 0

  9. 18F-FDG PET/CT for Early Postradiotherapy Assessment in Solitary Bone Plasmacytomas.

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    Alongi, Pierpaolo; Zanoni, Lucia; Incerti, Elena; Fallanca, Federico; Mapelli, Paola; Papathanasiou, Nikolaos; Gianolli, Luigi; Picchio, Maria; Bomanji, Jamshed

    2015-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance and possible prognostic value of early (18)F-FDG PET/CT (FDG PET/CT) assessment after radiotherapy (RT) in patients with solitary bone plasmacytoma (SBP). Twenty-one patients affected by SBP who underwent FDG PET/CT scan for early restaging (≤6 months) postradiotherapy assessment were selected from the PET databases of University College London Hospital of London and San Raffaele Hospital of Milan. Patients with no abnormal uptake were classified as having no pathologic uptake (NPU). A SUV(max) cutoff value of 4 was chosen to discriminate minimal residual uptake (MRU; SUV(max) ≤ 4) from pathologic uptake (PU, SUV(max) >4). Progression-free survival (PFS) rate was estimated using Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox regression analysis. In 10 of 21 patients restaged by FDG PET/CT, further previous baseline scan was available also at staging, and results showed positive findings at the level of all biopsy-proven disease areas.Considering MRU as PU, FDG PET/CT showed a sensitivity and specificity of 86% and 29%, respectively. Using SUV(max) >4 as the cutoff, sensitivity and specificity were 86% and 93%, respectively. Kaplan-Meier curves revealed a significant difference in PFS probability between patients classified as positive on FDG PET/CT using a cutoff of SUV(max) >4 (PU) and those classified as negative (NPU + MRU) (log-rank, Mantel-Cox, P = 0.009; χ(2) = 6.85). Cox regression analysis of PFS using SUV(max) >4 as cutoff revealed an interesting relation in prediction of progression (HR, 9.458). (18)F-FDG PET/CT for early restaging after RT in patients with SBP should be considered carefully in view of the lack of specificity of a low SUV(max) value. The good correlation between a high SUV(max) value and follow-up suggests a possible prognostic role for FDG PET/CT in disease progression at early restaging after RT.

  10. Standardized Input Function for 18F-FDG PET Studies in Mice: A Cautionary Study

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    Fernandez, Philippe; Zanotti-Fregonara, Paolo

    2017-01-01

    Aim of the Study The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of a standardized arterial input function (SAIF) for positron emission tomography 18F-FDG studies in mice. In particular, we tested whether the same SAIF could be applied to populations of mice whose fasting conditions differed. Methods The SAIF was first created from a population of fasting mice (n = 11) and validated within this group using a correlation analysis and a leave-one-out procedure. Then, the SAIF was prospectively applied to a population of non-fasting mice (n = 16). The SAIFs were scaled using a single individual blood sample taken 25 min after injection. The metabolic rates of glucose (CMRglc) calculated with the SAIFs were compared with the reference values obtained by full arterial sampling (AIF). Results In both populations of mice, CMRglc values showed a very small bias but an important variability. The SAIF/AIF CMRglc ratio in the fasting mice was 0.97 ± 0.22 (after excluding a major outlier). The SAIF/AIF CMRglc ratio in the non-fasting mice was 1.04 ± 0.22. This variability was due to the presence of cases in which the SAIF poorly estimated the shape of the input function based on full arterial sampling. Conclusion Although SAIF allows the estimation of the 18F-FDG mice input function with negligible bias and independently from the fasting state, errors in individual mice (as high as 30–50%) cause an important variability. Alternative techniques, such as image-derived input function, might be a better option for mice PET studies. PMID:28125579

  11. Comparative Analysis between [(18)F]Fludarabine-PET and [(18)F]FDG-PET in a Murine Model of Inflammation.

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    Hovhannisyan, Narinée; Dhilly, Martine; Guillouet, Stéphane; Leporrier, Michel; Barré, Louisa

    2016-06-06

    Lymphoma research has advanced thanks to introduction of [(18)F]fludarabine, a positron-emitting tool. This novel radiotracer has been shown to display a great specificity for lymphoid tissues. However, in a benign process such as inflammation, the uptake of this tracer has not been questioned. Indeed, in inflammatory zones, elevated glucose metabolism rate may result in false-positives with [(18)F]FDG-PET Imaging. In the present investigation, it has been argued that cells, involved in inflammation, might be less avid of [(18)F]fludarabine. To generate inflammation, Swiss mice were intramuscularly injected with 0.1 mL of turpentine oil into the right front paw. Imaging sessions with (18)F-labeled tracers named above were conducted on days 5 and 25 after inoculation. For each animal, volumes of interest (VOI), delineating the muscle of the inflamed (IP) and normal paws (NP), were determined on PET scans. For characterization of inflammation, muscle samples from IP and NP were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E). In early (day 5) inflammation, [(18)F]FDG accumulation was 4.00 ± 1.65 times greater in the IP than in the contralateral NP; for [(18)F]fludarabine, this IP/NP ratio was 1.31 ± 0.28, resulting in a significant difference between radiotracer groups (p < 0.01). In late (day 25) inflammation, the IP/NP ratios were 2.07 ± 0.49 and 1.03 ± 0.07, for [(18)F]FDG and [(18)F]fludarabine, respectively (p < 0.001). [(18)F]Fludarabine showed significantly weaker uptake in inflammation when compared with [(18)F]FDG. This encouraging finding suggests that [(18)F]fludarabine-PET might well be a robust approach for distinguishing tumor from inflammatory tissue, avoiding false-positive PET results and thus enabling an accurate imaging of lymphoma.

  12. High (18)F-FDG uptake in urinary calculi on PET/CT: An unrecognized non-malignant accumulation.

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    Fu, Zhanli; Li, Ziao; Huang, Jia; Zhang, Jin; Liu, Meng; Li, Qian; Li, Yi

    2016-08-01

    To assess the high (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake in urinary calculi on positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). In this study, (18)F-FDG PET/CT examinations were retrospectively reviewed from November 2013 to February 2016 in a single center, and patients with high (18)F-FDG uptake in urinary calculi were identified. The following data were collected from each patient, including age, sex, primary disease, method to verify the urinary calculus, and imaging characteristics of the calculus. A total of 2758 PET/CT studies (2567 patients) were reviewed, and 52 patients with urinary calculi were identified, in which 6 (11.5%, 6/52) patients (5 males, 1 female, age 34-73 years, median age 60.5 years) demonstrated high (18)F-FDG uptake in the urinary calculi. Among the 6 patients, 3 patients had bladder calculi, 2 patients had renal calculi, and 1 patient had both bladder and renal calculi. The size of the urinary calculi varied from sandy to 19mm on CT. The maximal Hounsfield units of the calculi ranged from 153 to 1078. The SUVmax of the calculi on the routine PET/CT scan ranged from 11.7 to 143.0. Delayed PET/CT scans were performed on 4 patients, which showed the calculi SUVmax increasing in 2 patients, while decreasing in the other 2 patients. One patient with bladder calculus underwent a follow-up PET/CT, which showed enlargement of the calculus as well as the increased SUVmax. This study shows an uncommon high (18)F-FDG uptake in urinary calculi. Recognition of this non-malignant accumulation in urinary calculi is essential for correct interpretation of PET/CT findings. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. The Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Large-Vessel Vasculitis: Appropriateness of Current Classification Criteria?

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    Balink, H.; Bennink, R. J.; van Eck-Smit, B. L. F.; Verberne, H. J.

    2014-01-01

    Patients with clinical suspicion of large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) may present with nonspecific signs and symptoms and increased inflammatory parameters and may remain without diagnosis after routine diagnostic procedures. Both the nonspecificity of the radiopharmaceutical 18F-FDG and the synergy of integrating functional and anatomical images with PET/CT offer substantial benefit in the diagnostic work-up of patients with clinical suspicion for LVV. A negative temporal artery biopsy, an ultrasonography without an arterial halo, or a MRI without aortic wall thickening or oedema do not exclude the presence of LVV and should therefore not exclude the use of 18F-FDG PET/CT when LVV is clinically suspected. This overview further discusses the notion that there is substantial underdiagnosis of LVV. Late diagnosis of LVV may lead to surgery or angioplasty in occlusive forms and is often accompanied by serious aortic complications and a fatal outcome. In contrast to the American College of Rheumatology 1990 criteria for vasculitis, based on late LVV effects like arterial stenosis and/or occlusion, 18F-FDG PET/CT sheds new light on the classification of giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis (TA). The combination of these observations makes the role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the assessment of patients suspected for having LVV promising. PMID:25328890

  14. Herniation pit mimicking osseous metastasis on 18F-FDG PET/CT in patient with lung cancer.

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    Yoo, Su Woong; Song, Ho-Chun; Oh, Jong-Ryool; Kim, Jahae; Kang, Sae-Ryung; Chong, Ari; Byun, Byung Hyun; Hong, Sun-Pyo; Min, Jung-Joon; Bom, Hee-Seung

    2012-07-01

    Herniation pits are small subcortical osseous defects located typically at the proximal anterosuperior quadrant of the femoral neck that are most frequently seen in the young, athletic adult population. We report a case with herniation pit showing focal 18F-FDG uptake on PET/CT images mimicking osseous metastasis in a 69-year-old patient with lung cancer.

  15. Prediction of standard-dose brain PET image by using MRI and low-dose brain [{sup 18}F]FDG PET images

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    Kang, Jiayin; Gao, Yaozong; Shi, Feng; Lalush, David S.; Lin, Weili; Shen, Dinggang

    2015-09-15

    Purpose: Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medical imaging technology that produces 3D images reflecting tissue metabolic activity in human body. PET has been widely used in various clinical applications, such as in diagnosis of brain disorders. High-quality PET images play an essential role in diagnosing brain diseases/disorders. In practice, in order to obtain high-quality PET images, a standard-dose radionuclide (tracer) needs to be used and injected into a living body. As a result, it will inevitably increase the patient’s exposure to radiation. One solution to solve this problem is predicting standard-dose PET images using low-dose PET images. As yet, no previous studies with this approach have been reported. Accordingly, in this paper, the authors propose a regression forest based framework for predicting a standard-dose brain [{sup 18}F]FDG PET image by using a low-dose brain [{sup 18}F]FDG PET image and its corresponding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) image. Methods: The authors employ a regression forest for predicting the standard-dose brain [{sup 18}F]FDG PET image by low-dose brain [{sup 18}F]FDG PET and MRI images. Specifically, the proposed method consists of two main steps. First, based on the segmented brain tissues (i.e., cerebrospinal fluid, gray matter, and white matter) in the MRI image, the authors extract features for each patch in the brain image from both low-dose PET and MRI images to build tissue-specific models that can be used to initially predict standard-dose brain [{sup 18}F]FDG PET images. Second, an iterative refinement strategy, via estimating the predicted image difference, is used to further improve the prediction accuracy. Results: The authors evaluated their algorithm on a brain dataset, consisting of 11 subjects with MRI, low-dose PET, and standard-dose PET images, using leave-one-out cross-validations. The proposed algorithm gives promising results with well-estimated standard-dose brain [{sup 18}F]FDG PET

  16. (18)F-FDG PET/CT in Lymphoma: Has Imaging-Directed Personalized Medicine Become a Reality?

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    Barrington, Sally F; Johnson, Peter W M

    2017-10-01

    PET/CT using (18)F-FDG is an essential part of the management of patients with lymphoma. Efforts to standardize PET acquisition and reporting, including the 5-point Deauville scale, have enabled PET to become a surrogate for treatment success or failure in common lymphoma subtypes. This review summarizes the key clinical-trial evidence that supports PET-directed personalized approaches in lymphoma. PET-guided therapy has improved outcomes in Hodgkin lymphoma, using less chemotherapy and more selective radiotherapy. Attempts to intensify chemotherapy in aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas have, however, proved ineffective in patients treated with rituximab and chemotherapy. Trials are under way to determine whether PET can obviate consolidation radiotherapy in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma. More recently, PET has been reported to be a reliable predictor of outcome in follicular lymphoma requiring treatment, and prospective trials to test PET-guided therapy in this disease are anticipated. © 2017 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

  17. Localization of medullary thyroid carcinoma after surgery using (11)C-methionine PET/CT: comparison with (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Jang, Hye Won; Choi, Joon Young; Lee, Ji In; Kim, Hee Kyung; Shin, Hyun Won; Shin, Jung Hee; Kim, Sun Wook; Chung, Jae Hoon

    2010-01-01

    Tumor localization is difficult in patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) that have persistent hypercalcitoninemia after thyroidectomy. In this study, the (11)C-methionine positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) was compared with the (18)F-FDG PET/CT for diagnostic sensitivity in detecting residual or metastatic disease. (11)C-methionine PET/CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT were performed on 16 consecutive patients with MTC that had persistent hypercalcitoninemia after surgery in this prospective, single-center study. Patient- and lesion-based analyses were performed using a composite reference standard which was the sum of the lesions confirmed by all combined modalities, including neck ultrasonography (US) with or without fine needle aspiration cytology, CT, bone scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and surgery. By patient-based analysis, the sensitivities of (11)C-methionine PET/CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT were both 63%. By lesion-based analysis, the sensitivity of (11)C-methionine PET/CT was similar to (18)F-FDG PET/CT (73% vs. 80%). Excluding hepatic lesions, which could not be detected because of physiological uptake of methionine by the liver, the sensitivity of (11)C-methionine PET/CT was better than (18)F-FDG PET/CT especially for detecting cervical lymph node lesions; however, it was not superior to US. All patients with serum calcitonin levels ≥370 pg/mL showed uptake by (11)C-methionine PET/CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT. This preliminary data showed that despite its similar sensitivity to (18)F-FDG PET/CT for detecting residual or metastatic MTC, (11)C-methionine PET/CT provided minimal additional information compared to combined (18)F-FDG PET/CT and neck US.

  18. Drug-induced pneumonitis detected earlier by 18F-FDG-PET than by high-resolution CT: a case report with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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    Yamane, Tomohiko; Daimaru, Osami; Ito, Satoshi; Nagata, Takeshi; Yoshiya, Kazuhiko; Fukaya, Nobuyuki; Ito, Shinichi; Imai, Teruhiko; Uchida, Hideo

    2008-10-01

    Drug-induced pneumonitis is a serious and an unpredictable side effect of chemotherapy in patients with malignant lymphoma. We present the case of a 51-year-old man who developed drug-induced pneumonitis during chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in which pneumonitis was detected earlier by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG-PET) than by high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT). After five courses of chemotherapy, 18F-FDG-PET was performed for assessing residual lesions, and diffuse lung uptake was incidentally observed. No symptoms were present, and HRCT performed immediately following PET revealed no abnormalities. Mild dyspnea appeared 3 days after PET, and additional HRCT revealed patchy ground-glass opacities disseminated with the appearance of interlobular septum thickening. Drug-induced pneumonitis was finally diagnosed, and treatment was initiated. 18F-FDG-PET can be an imaging modality for detecting drug-induced pneumonitis at an extremely early stage in which HRCT is incapable of revealing any abnormal changes.

  19. Clinical Role of Subtraction Ictal SPECT Coregistered to MR Imaging and (18)F-FDG PET in Pediatric Epilepsy.

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    Perissinotti, Andrés; Setoain, Xavier; Aparicio, Javier; Rubí, Sebastiá; Fuster, Berta Marti; Donaire, Antonio; Carreño, Mar; Bargalló, Nuria; Rumiá, Jordi; Garcia-Fructuoso, Gemma; Mayoral, Maria; Sanmartí, Francesc; Pons, Francesca

    2014-07-01

    A precise assessment of the drug-resistant epileptic pediatric population for surgical candidacy is often challenging, and to date there are no evidence-based guidelines for presurgical identification of the epileptogenic zone. To evaluate the usefulness of radionuclide imaging techniques for presurgical evaluation of epileptic pediatric patients, we compared the results of video-electroencephalography (EEG), brain MR imaging, interictal SPECT, ictal SPECT, subtraction ictal SPECT coregistered to MR imaging (SISCOM), and interictal PET with (18)F-FDG. Fifty-four children with drug-resistant epilepsy who had undergone video-EEG monitoring, brain MR imaging, interictal and ictal brain perfusion SPECT, SISCOM, and (18)F-FDG PET were included in this study. All abnormal findings revealed by these neuroimaging techniques were compared with the presumed location of the epileptogenic zone (PEZ) as determined by video-EEG and clinical data. The proportion of localizing studies for each technique was statistically compared. In the 18 patients who underwent resective brain surgery, neuroimaging results were compared with histopathology results and surgical outcome. SISCOM and (18)F-FDG PET concordance with the PEZ was significantly higher than MR imaging (P < 0.05). MR imaging showed localizing results in 21 of 54 cases (39%), SISCOM in 36 of 54 cases (67%), and (18)F-FDG PET in 31 of 54 cases (57%). If we consider SISCOM and (18)F-FDG PET results together, nuclear medicine imaging techniques showed coinciding video-EEG results in 76% of patients (41/54). In those cases in which MR imaging failed to identify any epileptogenic lesion (61% [33/54]), SISCOM or (18)F-FDG PET findings matched PEZ in 67% (22/33) of cases. SISCOM and (18)F-FDG PET provide complementary presurgical information that matched video-EEG results and clinical data in three fourths of our sample. SISCOM was particularly useful in those cases in which MR imaging findings were abnormal but no epileptogenic

  20. Clinical value of [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT in the detection of metastatic medullary thyroid cancer.

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    Jiang, Jinjin; Yang, Zhongyi; Zhang, Yongping; Xu, Xiaoping; Wang, Mingwei; Hu, Silong; Yao, Zhifeng; Pan, Herong; Zhang, Yingjian; Li, Duanshu

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the value of fluorine-18 2-deoxy-2-d-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ([(18)F]FDG-PET/CT) in the detection of metastatic medullary thyroid cancer. From November 2006 to November 2012, 50 medullary thyroid cancer patients (median age 48.7 years, range 18-76) who had a total thyroidectomy operation underwent whole-body [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT scans. The diagnostic accuracy of [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT was determined through both lesion-based and patient-based analyses. Further pathological tests were performed on all identified lesions or clinically followed for a minimum period of 6 months. One hundred forty-four suspicious lesions were identified by organ-based analysis. Of these lesions, [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT detected 99 true-positive lesions, sensitivity was 73.3%, and specificity was 66.7%. On the patient-based analysis, the overall sensitivity and specificity were calculated as 65.7% and 92.3%, respectively. Using a cutoff calcitonin value of 1000 pg/ml, in patients with calcitonin lower than this value, sensitivity and specificity were 42.9% and 91.0%, respectively. In patients with calcitonin exceeding this value, they raised to 77.3% (χ(2)=4.392, P<.05) and 100% (χ(2)=0.197, P>.05), respectively. Compared with conventional imaging modality, PET/CT scans detected more lesions in 10 patients (20.4%) and correctly changed the treatment in 8 patients (16.3%). [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT has excellent sensitivity and specificity, especially when the calcitonin value is higher than 1000 pg/ml for detecting metastatic medullary thyroid cancer. Compared to conventional morphologic imaging methods, it provides additional information for diagnosis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Concordance between brain (18)F-FDG PET and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease.

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    Rubí, S; Noguera, A; Tarongí, S; Oporto, M; García, A; Vico, H; Espino, A; Picado, M J; Mas, A; Peña, C; Amer, G

    2017-06-20

    Cortical posterior hypometabolism on PET imaging with (18)F-FDG (FDG-PET), and altered levels of Aß1-42 peptide, total Tau (tTau) and phosphorylated Tau (pTau) proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are established diagnostic biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease (AD). An evaluation has been made of the concordance and relationship between the results of FDG-PET and CSF biomarkers in symptomatic patients with suspected AD. A retrospective review was carried out on 120 patients with cognitive impairment referred to our Cognitive Neurology Unit, and who were evaluated by brain FDG-PET and a lumbar puncture for CSF biomarkers. In order to calculate their Kappa coefficient of concordance, the result of the FDG-PET and the set of the three CSF biomarkers in each patient was classified as normal, inconclusive, or AD-compatible. The relationship between the results of both methods was further assessed using logistic regression analysis, including the Aß1-42, tTau and pTau levels as quantitative predictors, and the FDG-PET result as the dependent variable. The weighted Kappa coefficient between FDG-PET and CSF biomarkers was 0.46 (95% CI: 0.35-0.57). Logistic regression analysis showed that the Aß1-42 and tTau values together were capable of discriminating an FDG-PET result metabolically suggestive of AD from one non-suggestive of AD, with a 91% sensitivity and 93% specificity at the cut-off line Aß1-42=44+1.3×tTau. The level of concordance between FDG-PET and CSF biomarkers was moderate, indicating their complementary value in diagnosing AD. The Aß1-42 and tTau levels in CSF help to predict the patient FDG-PET cortical metabolic status. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  2. Oncocytic adenomas of thyroid-mimicking benign or metastatic disease on 18F-FDG-PET scan.

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    Zandieh, Shahin; Pokieser, Wolfgang; Knoll, Peter; Sonneck-Koenne, Charlotte; Kudlacek, Martina; Mirzaei, Siroos

    2015-06-01

    The literature is sparse concerning 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) accumulation in the Hürthle cell neoplasm (HCN) of the thyroid. Given the difficulty of accurately diagnosing HCN, even with ultrasound (US) and fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB), the ability to accurately characterize these lesions by 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) would be of value. To describe six cases of oncocytic proliferation in the thyroid gland that mimics the presence of metastatic disease and was detected incidentally by an 18F-FDG PET scan. We conducted whole-body 18F-FDG PET examinations for cancer staging in 1862 oncological patients from 2012 to 2013. Among them, six subjects (4 women, 2 men; age range, 45-85 years) with focal-enhanced 18F-FDG accumulation in the thyroid gland were selected from the study population. This study group was further investigated using 99 m-Tc-pertechnetate scintigraphy, US, and FNAB. Two experienced nuclear physicians reviewed the images. Gray-scale US and color Doppler (CD) sonographic examinations of the thyroid were undertaken for all subjects using a sonographic device Logiq 5 Expert (GE Medical Systems, Osaka, Japan) equipped with a 7-12 MHz linear array transducer. In all six cases, abnormal 18F-FDG uptake was found locally in the thyroid. The average SUVmax of the HCN was 5.8 (range, 2.6-16). In all six cases, 99 m-Tc-pertechnetate scintigraphy showed a cold spot. Compared with normal parenchymal vascularity, five of the six masses were shown to be hypervascular by CD ultrasonography. On PET scans, oncocytic proliferations of the thyroid may mimic metastases of other malignancies. The focal-enhanced uptake of 18F-FDG PET may be associated with a focal increase in the metabolic activity of the thyroid parenchyma due to the presence of oncocytes. Our study emphasizes the importance of obtaining cytological evidence before making a diagnosis of metastatic disease. © The Foundation Acta Radiologica 2014 Reprints and permissions

  3. Evaluation of Dual Time Point Imaging (18)F-FDG PET/CT for Lymph Node Staging in Vulvar Cancer.

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    Collarino, Angela; Garganese, Giorgia; Valdés Olmos, Renato A; Stefanelli, Antonella; Perotti, Germano; Mirk, Paoletta; Fragomeni, Simona M; Ieria, Francesco P; Scambia, Giovanni; Giordano, Alessandro; Rufini, Vittoria

    2017-05-25

    This study aimed to assess the value of dual time point (DTP) (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in the prediction of lymph node (LN) status in patients with invasive vulvar cancer (VC) scheduled for inguinofemoral lymph node dissection (IFLD). Methods: From April 2013 to July 2015, all consecutive patients with VC scheduled for IFLD were prospectively enrolled. All patients underwent a preoperative whole-body (18)F-FDG-PET/CT scan at 1-hour (standard exam) and an additional scan from T11 to the groins at 3-hour (delayed exam) after (18)F-FDG injection. On both scans each groin was visually scored 0 or 1 concerning (18)F-FDG LN uptake relative to background. Semi-quantitative analysis included maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), and the corresponding retention index of SUVmax (RImax), measured on both scans. The optimal cut-off value of these parameters was defined using a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Histopathology was the standard of reference. Results: Thirty three patients were included with a total of 57 groins dissected and histologically evaluated. At histopathology 21 of 57 (37%) groins contained metastatic LNs. Concerning visual score, sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value, positive predictive value and accuracy were 95.2%, 75%, 96.4%, 69%, 82.5% on standard scan and 95.2%, 77.8%, 96.6%, 71.4%, 84.2% on delayed scan, respectively. At ROC analysis, sensitivity and specificity were 95.2% and 77.8% on standard and delayed (18)F-FDG-PET/CT for a SUVmax cut-off >1.32 and >1.88, respectively and 95.2% and 80% for a RImax cut-off > 0. Conclusion: Standard (18)F-FDG-PET/CT is an effective preoperative imaging for the prediction of LN status in VC, allowing to predict pathologically negative groins and thus to select the patients suitable for minimally invasive surgery. Delayed (18)F-FDG PET/CT did not improve the specificity and the positive predictive value in our series. Larger studies are needed for a further validation. Copyright

  4. The value of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in diagnosis and during follow-up in 273 patients with chronic Q fever.

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    Kouijzer, Ilse; Kampschreur, Linda; Wever, Peter; Hoekstra, Corneline; van Kasteren, Marjo; de Jager-Leclercq, Monique; Nabuurs-Franssen, Marrigje; Wegdam-Blans, Marjolijn; Ammerlaan, Heidi; Buijs, Jacqueline; de Geus-Oei, Lioe-Fee; Oyen, Wim; Bleeker-Rovers, Chantal

    2017-05-25

    In 1-5% of all acute Q fever infections, chronic Q fever develops, mostly manifesting as endocarditis, infected aneurysms, or infected vascular prostheses. In this study, we investigated the diagnostic value of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) in chronic Q fever at diagnosis and during follow-up. Methods: All Dutch adult patients suspected of chronic Q fever who were diagnosed since 2007 were retrospectively included until March 2015 when at least one (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was performed. Clinical data and results from (18)F-FDG-PET/CT at diagnosis and during follow-up were collected. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT scans were prospectively reevaluated by three nuclear medicine physicians using a structured scoring system. Results: In total, 273 patients with possible, probable, and proven chronic Q fever were included. Of all (18)F-FDG-PET/CT scans performed at diagnosis, 13.5% led to a change in diagnosis. Q fever-related mortality rate in patients with and without vascular infection based on (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was 23.8% and 2.1%, respectively (P = 0.001). When adding (18)F-FDG-PET/CT as a major criterion to the modified Duke criteria, 17 patients (1.9-fold increase) had definite endocarditis. At diagnosis, 19.6% of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT led to treatment modification. During follow-up, 57.3% of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT resulted in treatment modification. Conclusion:(18)F-FDG-PET/CT is a valuable diagnostic technique in diagnosis of chronic Q fever and during follow-up often leading to a change in diagnosis and/or treatment modification, also providing important prognostic information on patient survival. Copyright © 2017 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

  5. Imaging children suffering from lymphoma: an evaluation of different (18)F-FDG PET/MRI protocols compared to whole-body DW-MRI.

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    Kirchner, Julian; Deuschl, Cornelius; Schweiger, Bernd; Herrmann, Ken; Forsting, Michael; Buchbender, Christian; Antoch, Gerald; Umutlu, Lale

    2017-09-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate and compare the diagnostic potential of different PET/MRI reading protocols, entailing non-enhanced / contrast-enhanced and diffusion-weighted (18)F-FDG PET/MR imaging and whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI for lesion detection and determination of the tumor stage in pediatric lymphoma patients. A total of 28 (18)F-FDG PET/MRI datasets were included for analysis of four different reading protocols: (1) PET/MRI utilizing sole unenhanced T2w and T1w imaging, (2) PET/MRI utilizing additional contrast enhanced sequences, (3) PET/MR imaging utilizing unenhanced, contrast enhanced and DW imaging or (4) WB-DW-MRI. Statistical analyses were performed on a per-patient and a per-lesion basis. Follow-up and prior examinations as well as histopathology served as reference standards. PET/MRI correctly identified all 17 examinations with active lymphoma disease, while WB-DW-MRI correctly identified 15/17 examinations. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and diagnostic accuracy were 96%, 96.5%, 97%, 95%, and 96% for PET/MRI1; 97%, 96.5%, 97%, 96.5%, and 97% for PET/MRI2; 97%, 96.5%, 97%, 96.5%, and 97% for PET/MRI3 and 77%, 96%, 96%, 78.5% and 86% for MRI-DWI. (18)F-FDG PET/MRI is superior to WB-DW-MRI in staging pediatric lymphoma patients. Neither application of contrast media nor DWI leads to a noticeable improvement of the diagnostic accuracy of PET/MRI. Thus, unenhanced PET/MRI may play a crucial role for the diagnostic work-up of pediatric lymphoma patients in the future.

  6. Validation of true low-dose 18F-FDG PET of the brain

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    Fällmar, David; Lilja, Johan; Kilander, Lena; Danfors, Torsten; Lubberink, Mark; Larsson, Elna-Marie; Sörensen, Jens

    2016-01-01

    The dosage of 18F-FDG must be sufficient to ensure adequate PET image quality. For younger patients and research controls, the lowest possible radiation dose should be used. The purpose of this study was to find a protocol for FDG-PET of the brain with reduced radiation dose and preserved quantitative characteristics. Eight patients with neurodegenerative disorders and nine controls (n=17) underwent FDG-PET/CT twice on separate occasions, first with normal-dose (3 MBq/kg), and second with low-dose (0.75 MBq/kg, 25% of the original). Five additional controls (total n=22) underwent FDG-PET twice, using normal-dose and ultra-low-dose (0.3 MBq/kg, 10% of original). All subjects underwent MRI. Ten-minute summation images were spatially normalized and intensity normalized. Regional standard uptake value ratios (SUV-r) were calculated using an automated atlas. SUV-r values from the normal- and low-dose images were compared pairwise. No clinically significant bias was found in any of the three groups. The mean absolute difference in regional SUV-r values was 0.015 (1.32%) in controls and 0.019 (1.67%) in patients. The ultra-low-dose protocol produced a slightly higher mean difference of 0.023 (2.10%). The main conclusion is that 0.75 MBq/kg (56 MBq for a 75-kg subject) is a sufficient FDG dose for evaluating regional SUV-ratios in brain PET scans in adults with or without neurodegenerative disease, resulting in a reduction of total PET/CT effective dose from 4.54 to 1.15 mSv. The ultra-low-dose (0.5 mSv) could be useful in research studies requiring serial PET in healthy controls or children. PMID:27766185

  7. Validation of true low-dose (18)F-FDG PET of the brain.

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    Fällmar, David; Lilja, Johan; Kilander, Lena; Danfors, Torsten; Lubberink, Mark; Larsson, Elna-Marie; Sörensen, Jens

    2016-01-01

    The dosage of (18)F-FDG must be sufficient to ensure adequate PET image quality. For younger patients and research controls, the lowest possible radiation dose should be used. The purpose of this study was to find a protocol for FDG-PET of the brain with reduced radiation dose and preserved quantitative characteristics. Eight patients with neurodegenerative disorders and nine controls (n=17) underwent FDG-PET/CT twice on separate occasions, first with normal-dose (3 MBq/kg), and second with low-dose (0.75 MBq/kg, 25% of the original). Five additional controls (total n=22) underwent FDG-PET twice, using normal-dose and ultra-low-dose (0.3 MBq/kg, 10% of original). All subjects underwent MRI. Ten-minute summation images were spatially normalized and intensity normalized. Regional standard uptake value ratios (SUV-r) were calculated using an automated atlas. SUV-r values from the normal- and low-dose images were compared pairwise. No clinically significant bias was found in any of the three groups. The mean absolute difference in regional SUV-r values was 0.015 (1.32%) in controls and 0.019 (1.67%) in patients. The ultra-low-dose protocol produced a slightly higher mean difference of 0.023 (2.10%). The main conclusion is that 0.75 MBq/kg (56 MBq for a 75-kg subject) is a sufficient FDG dose for evaluating regional SUV-ratios in brain PET scans in adults with or without neurodegenerative disease, resulting in a reduction of total PET/CT effective dose from 4.54 to 1.15 mSv. The ultra-low-dose (0.5 mSv) could be useful in research studies requiring serial PET in healthy controls or children.

  8. [(18)F]FDG PET signal is driven by astroglial glutamate transport.

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    Zimmer, Eduardo R; Parent, Maxime J; Souza, Débora G; Leuzy, Antoine; Lecrux, Clotilde; Kim, Hyoung-Ihl; Gauthier, Serge; Pellerin, Luc; Hamel, Edith; Rosa-Neto, Pedro

    2017-03-01

    Contributions of glial cells to neuroenergetics have been the focus of extensive debate. Here we provide positron emission tomography evidence that activation of astrocytic glutamate transport via the excitatory amino acid transporter GLT-1 triggers widespread but graded glucose uptake in the rodent brain. Our results highlight the need for a reevaluation of the interpretation of [(18)F]FDG positron emission tomography data, whereby astrocytes would be recognized as contributing to the [(18)F]FDG signal.

  9. Presurgical evaluation of pediatric epilepsy patients prior to hemispherotomy: the prognostic value of (18)F-FDG PET.

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    Traub-Weidinger, Tatjana; Weidinger, Philip; Gröppel, Gundrun; Karanikas, Georgios; Wadsak, Wolfgang; Kasprian, Gregor; Dorfer, Christian; Dressler, Anastasia; Muehlebner, Angelika; Hacker, Marcus; Czech, Thomas; Feucht, Martha

    2016-12-01

    OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to investigate whether fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose PET ((18)F-FDG PET) can help to predict seizure outcome after hemispherotomy and therefore may be useful in decision making and patient selection. METHODS Children and adolescents less than 18 years of age who underwent (18)F-FDG PET studies during presurgical evaluation prior to hemispherotomy and had follow-up data of at least 12 months after surgery were included. Seizure outcome was classified according to the recommendations of the International League Against Epilepsy. PET data were reevaluated by two specialists in nuclear medicine blinded to clinical data and to MRI. MRI studies were also reinterpreted visually by an experienced neuroradiologist blinded to clinical data and PET findings. RESULTS Thirty-five patients (17 girls) with a median age of 5 years (range 0.4-17.8 years) were evaluable. Of the 35 patients, 91.4% were seizure free after surgery, including 100% of those with unilateral (18)F-FDG-PET hypometabolism compared with only 75% of those with bilateral hypometabolism. With respect to MRI, seizure freedom after surgery was observed in 96.4% of the patients with unilateral lesions compared with only 71.4% in those with bilateral MRI lesions. The best seizure outcomes were noted in patients with unilateral findings in both PET and MRI (100% seizure freedom) whereas only 50% of those with bilateral findings in both imaging techniques were seizure free. Furthermore, 100% of the patients with unilateral PET hypometabolism and bilateral MRI findings were also seizure free, but only 87.5% of those with bilateral PET hypometabolism and unilateral MRI findings. CONCLUSIONS According to these results, candidate selection for hemispherotomy can be optimized by the use of (18)F-FDG PET as part of a multimodal presurgical evaluation program, especially in patients with inconsistent (bilateral) MRI findings.

  10. 18F-FDG PET brain images as features for Alzheimer classification

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    Azmi, M. H.; Saripan, M. I.; Nordin, A. J.; Ahmad Saad, F. F.; Abdul Aziz, S. A.; Wan Adnan, W. A.

    2017-08-01

    2-Deoxy-2-[fluorine-18] fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG) Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging offers meaningful information for various types of diseases diagnosis. In Alzheimer's disease (AD), the hypometabolism of glucose which observed on the low intensity voxel in PET image may relate to the onset of the disease. The importance of early detection of AD is inevitable because the resultant brain damage is irreversible. Several statistical analysis and machine learning algorithm have been proposed to investigate the rate and the pattern of the hypometabolism. This study focus on the same aim with further investigation was performed on several hypometabolism pattern. Some pre-processing steps were implemented to standardize the data in order to minimize the effect of resolution and anatomical differences. The features used are the mean voxel intensity within the AD pattern mask, which derived from several z-score and FDR threshold values. The global mean voxel (GMV) and slice-based mean voxel (SbMV) intensity were observed and used as input to the neural network. Several neural network architectures were tested and compared to the nearest neighbour method. The highest accuracy equals to 0.9 and recorded at z-score ≤-1.3 with 1 node neural network architecture (sensitivity=0.81 and specificity=0.95) and at z-score ≤-0.7 with 10 nodes neural network (sensitivity=0.83 and specificity=0.94).

  11. Central Pontine Myelinolysis and Localized Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake Seen on 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Rønne, Frederik; Tfelt-Hansen, Peer Carsten; Rørdam, Lene

    2017-01-01

    Case report describing the finding of central pontine myelinolysis (CPM) using combined fluorine-18 ( 18F)-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). The patient was a known alcoholic who, during admission was under treatment for hyponatremia, showed a significant decline in both motor and cognitive function. Combined 18F-FDG PET/CT showed localized FDG uptake in the pons, consistent with the finding of CPM observed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). CPM is a demyelinating lesion of the pons, resulting in several neurological symptoms. The exact cause of CPM is not clear, but a strong relations between loss of myelin and osmotic stress exists, especially during rapid correction of hyponatremia. The osmotic stress is thought to induce disruption of the blood-brain barrier, allowing access for inflammatory mediators in extravascular brain tissue, which most likely attracts glial cells of the brain, attracts macrophages and activates astocytes. We suggest that metabolism in these activated cells could be responsible for the localized FDG uptake during active CPM. PMID:28217021

  12. (18)F-FDG PET/CT in follow-up evaluation in pediatric patients with Langerhans histiocytosis.

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    Garcia, J R; Riera, E; Bassa, P; Mourelo, S; Soler, M

    We evaluated the impact of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in identifying sites of active disease and to assess therapeutic follow up in a group of pediatric patients with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). During 2007-2013, 13 (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies were performed for follow-up in 7 patients with a diagnosis of LCH (4 female, 3 male; 1-12 years-old). PET findings were analyzed and correlated with the CT and MRI. Findings were also follow-up by these techniques. PET was negative in 4 patients (all diagnosed with bone lesions and one with pituitary involvement also). CT findings showed residual morphological bone lesions in all patients, and hypophysis MRI study showed no abnormal signal. PET remained negative at 10, 14, 25 and 28 months, and no new lesions on CT and MRI were detected. PET was positive in 3 patients (one with cervical lymphadenopathy and 2 with bone lesions, one also with pituitary involvement not identified by PET). CT findings showed pathological cervical lymphadenopathy (n=1), bone lesions (n=2) and also a pituitary MRI lesion (n=1). In a patient with cervical lymphadenopathy histology demonstrated LCH involvement. In the other 2 patients, PET remained positive with an increase of (18)F-FDG bone uptake at 17 and 19 months. In our preliminar study, (18)F-FDG PET is a useful imaging procedure, along with other diagnostic tools, for identification of active lesions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  13. 18F-FDG/18F-FES standardized uptake value ratio determined using PET predicts prognosis in uterine sarcoma

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    Yamamoto, Makoto; Tsujikawa, Tetsuya; Yamada, Shizuka; Kurokawa, Tetsuji; Shinagawa, Akiko; Chino, Yoko; Mori, Tetsuya; Kiyono, Yasushi; Okazawa, Hidehiko; Yoshida, Yoshio

    2017-01-01

    We investigated whether 16α-[18F]-fluoro-17β-estradiol (18F-FES) and 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) uptake measured using positron emission tomography (PET) predicted prognosis in 18 patients with different histological subtypes of uterine sarcoma. Standardized uptake values (SUVs) and 18F-FDG/18F-FES SUV ratios were determined, and their correlations with progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were examined. Ten patients died from local recurrence or metastasis, and one more experienced recurrence, during the at least 36-month follow-up period. Patients with higher 18F-FDG SUVs (> 5.5) had worse OS (p = 0.007) and tended toward worse PFS (p = 0.11), while patients with lower 18F-FES SUVs (≤ 1.5) had worse PFS (p = 0.03) and tended toward worse OS (p = 0.19). Patients with 18F-FDG/18F-FES ratios > 2.6 had worse PFS (p = 0.009) and OS (p = 0.005). The 5-year PFS and OS rates were 75% and 88% for patients with lower ratios, but were only 10% and 20% for those with higher ratios. These results suggest that pretreatment tumor 18F-FDG/18F-FES ratio is useful for predicting the prognosis of uterine sarcoma patients. PMID:28186981

  14. Ferret Thoracic Anatomy by 2-Deoxy-2-(18F)Fluoro-D-Glucose (18F-FDG) Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) Imaging

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    Wu, Albert; Zheng, Huaiyu; Kraenzle, Jennifer; Biller, Ashley; Vanover, Carol D.; Proctor, Mary; Sherwood, Leslie; Steffen, Marlene; Ng, Chin; Mollura, Daniel J.; Jonsson, Colleen B.

    2013-01-01

    The domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) has been a long-standing animal model used in the evaluation and treatment of human diseases. Molecular imaging techniques such as 2-deoxy-2-(18F)fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) would be an invaluable method of tracking disease in vivo, but this technique has not been reported in the literature. Thus, the aim of this study was to establish baseline imaging characteristics of PET/computed tomography (CT) with 18F-FDG in the ferret model. Twelve healthy female ferrets were anesthetized and underwent combined PET/CT scanning. After the images were fused, volumes of interest (VOIs) were generated in the liver, heart, thymus, and bilateral lung fields. For each VOI, standardized uptake values (SUVs) were calculated. Additional comparisons were made between radiotracer uptake periods (60, 90, and >90 minutes), intravenous and intraperitoneal injections of 18F-FDG, and respiratory gated and ungated acquisitions. Pulmonary structures and the surrounding thoracic and upper abdominal anatomy were readily identified on the CT scans of all ferrets and were successfully fused with PET. VOIs were created in various tissues with the following SUV calculations: heart (maximum standardized uptake value [SUVMax] 8.60, mean standardized uptake value [SUVMean] 5.42), thymus (SUVMax 3.86, SUVMean 2.59), liver (SUVMax 1.37, SUVMean 0.99), right lung (SUVMax 0.92, SUVMean 0.56), and left lung (SUVMax 0.88, SUVMean 0.51). Sixty- to 90-minute uptake periods were sufficient to separate tissues based on background SUV activity. No gross differences in image quality were seen between intraperitoneal and intravenous injections of 18F-FDG. Respiratory gating also did not have a significant impact on image quality of lung parenchyma. The authors concluded that 18F-FDG PET and CT imaging can be performed successfully in normal healthy ferrets with the parameters identified in this study. They obtained similar imaging

  15. Ferret thoracic anatomy by 2-deoxy-2-(18F)fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) imaging.

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    Wu, Albert; Zheng, Huaiyu; Kraenzle, Jennifer; Biller, Ashley; Vanover, Carol D; Proctor, Mary; Sherwood, Leslie; Steffen, Marlene; Ng, Chin; Mollura, Daniel J; Jonsson, Colleen B

    2012-01-01

    The domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) has been a long-standing animal model used in the evaluation and treatment of human diseases. Molecular imaging techniques such as 2-deoxy-2-((18)F)fluoro-D-glucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) would be an invaluable method of tracking disease in vivo, but this technique has not been reported in the literature. Thus, the aim of this study was to establish baseline imaging characteristics of PET/computed tomography (CT) with (18)F-FDG in the ferret model. Twelve healthy female ferrets were anesthetized and underwent combined PET/CT scanning. After the images were fused, volumes of interest (VOIs) were generated in the liver, heart, thymus, and bilateral lung fields. For each VOI, standardized uptake values (SUVs) were calculated. Additional comparisons were made between radiotracer uptake periods (60, 90, and >90 minutes), intravenous and intraperitoneal injections of (18)F-FDG, and respiratory gated and ungated acquisitions. Pulmonary structures and the surrounding thoracic and upper abdominal anatomy were readily identified on the CT scans of all ferrets and were successfully fused with PET. VOIs were created in various tissues with the following SUV calculations: heart (maximum standardized uptake value [SUV(Max)] 8.60, mean standardized uptake value [SUV(Mean)] 5.42), thymus (SUV(Max) 3.86, SUV(Mean) 2.59), liver (SUV(Max) 1.37, SUV(Mean) 0.99), right lung (SUV(Max) 0.92, SUV(Mean) 0.56), and left lung (SUV(Max) 0.88, SUV(Mean) 0.51). Sixty- to 90-minute uptake periods were sufficient to separate tissues based on background SUV activity. No gross differences in image quality were seen between intraperitoneal and intravenous injections of (18)F-FDG. Respiratory gating also did not have a significant impact on image quality of lung parenchyma. The authors concluded that (18)F-FDG PET and CT imaging can be performed successfully in normal healthy ferrets with the parameters identified in this study. They

  16. Prevalence and malignancy risk of focal colorectal incidental uptake detected by 18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT: a meta-analysis

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    Treglia, Giorgio; Taralli, Silvia; Salsano, Marco; Muoio, Barbara; Sadeghi, Ramin; Giovanella, Luca

    2014-01-01

    Background The aim of the study was to meta-analyze published data about prevalence and malignancy risk of focal colorectal incidentalomas (FCIs) detected by Fluorine-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography or positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT). Methods A comprehensive computer literature search of studies published through July 31st 2012 regarding FCIs detected by 18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT was performed. Pooled prevalence of patients with FCIs and risk of malignant or premalignant FCIs after colonoscopy or histopathology verification were calculated. Furthermore, separate calculations for geographic areas were performed. Finally, average standardized uptake values (SUV) in malignant, premalignant and benign FCIs were reported. Results Thirty-two studies comprising 89,061 patients evaluated by 18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT were included. The pooled prevalence of FCIs detected by 18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT was 3.6% (95% confidence interval [95% CI]: 2.6–4.7%). Overall, 1,044 FCIs detected by 18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT underwent colonoscopy or histopathology evaluation. Pooled risk of malignant or premalignant lesions was 68% (95% CI: 60–75%). Risk of malignant and premalignant FCIs in Asia-Oceania was lower compared to that of Europe and America. A significant overlap in average SUV was found between malignant, premalignant and benign FCIs. Conclusions FCIs are observed in a not negligible number of patients who undergo 18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT studies with a high risk of malignant or premalignant lesions. SUV is not reliable as a tool to differentiate between malignant, premalignant and benign FCIs. Further investigation is warranted whenever FCIs are detected by 18F-FDG-PET or PET/CT. PMID:24991198

  17. Pitfalls and Pearls of Wisdom in 18F-FDG PET Imaging of Tumors.

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    Britton, Tracey; Robinson, Nicholas

    2016-06-01

    (18)F-FDG PET imaging of tumors has pitfalls and pearls of wisdom that begin at the point of scheduling and continue through the patient interview, the resting phase, the scan itself, and the image review. Interviewing the patient at the time of scheduling, followed by placing a reminder phone call shortly before the appointment, can save a nuclear medicine department the financial loss of wasted doses and missed appointment slots in the schedule. The pitfalls and pearls of wisdom in tumor imaging are ever changing, and the technologist is in a constant state of inquiry about the patient's disease process and ability to comply. Consideration of each item on the worksheets in this article affects every scan. On completing this article, the reader will be able to identify questions that should be asked in the scheduling and preinjection patient interviews, interpret the answers to those questions, determine how the images may be affected, and adapt the scan. © 2016 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

  18. Prediction of Posttransplantation Recurrence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Using Metabolic and Volumetric Indices of 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Kim, Yong-Il; Paeng, Jin Chul; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Suh, Kyung-Suk; Lee, Dong Soo; Chung, June-Key; Kang, Keon Wook

    2016-07-01

    (18)F-FDG PET is an effective method of predicting recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after liver transplantation. We compared recently introduced metabolic and volumetric (18)F-FDG PET/CT indices with the current clinicopathologic predictors for ability to predict recurrence. In total, 110 HCC patients who underwent (18)F-FDG PET and liver transplantation were enrolled. On PET, SUVs and tumor-to-background ratios (TBRs) were measured as metabolic activity indices. Various metabolic tumor volumes and uptake-volume products (UVP) were also measured as volumetric indices. The ability of these indices and other clinicopathologic factors to predict recurrence was compared. All metabolic and volumetric indices were significant for recurrence prediction on receiver-operating-characteristic curve analyses (P < 0.001). On univariate survival analyses, all PET indices-as well as tumor size, tumor number, the Milan criteria, tumor grade, vascular invasion, and T-stage-were significant factors. However, on multivariate analyses, tumor size, tumor grade, maximum TBR, and UVP calculated by inferior vena cava activity were significant factors (P = 0.004, 0.014, 0.009, and 0.021, respectively). When the Milan criteria and PET factors were included in the multivariate analysis, the Milan criteria (P = 0.029), maximum TBR (P < 0.001), and UVP (P = 0.016) were significant. Volumetric and metabolic activity indices of (18)F-FDG PET are effective predictors of posttransplantation HCC recurrence. In addition to clinicopathologic factors, these indices need to be considered in the selection of candidates for liver transplantation. © 2016 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

  19. Hybrid core shell nanoparticles entrapping Gd-DTPA and (18)F-FDG for simultaneous PET/MRI acquisitions.

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    Vecchione, Donatella; Aiello, Marco; Cavaliere, Carlo; Nicolai, Emanuele; Netti, Paolo Antonio; Torino, Enza

    2017-09-01

    Although there has been an improvement in the hardware and software of the PET/MRI system, the development of the nanoprobes exploiting the simultaneous acquisition of the bimodal data is still under investigation. Moreover, few studies on biocompatible and clinically relevant probes are available. This work presents a core-shell polymeric nanocarrier with improved relaxometric properties for simultaneous PET/MRI acquisitions. Core-shell nanoparticles entrapping the Gd-DTPA and (18)F-FDG are obtained by a complex coacervation. The boosting of r1 of the entrapped Gd-DTPA up to five-times compared with 'free Gd-DTPA', is confirmed by the PET/MRI scan. The sorption of (18)F-FDG into the nanoparticles is studied and designed to be integrated downstream for the production of the tracer.

  20. The role of 18F-FDG PET or PET/CT in the detection of fever of unknown origin.

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    Qiu, Lin; Chen, Yue

    2012-11-01

    Even with the recent advance in diagnostic tools and techniques, fever of unknown origin (FUO) remains a clinical challenge. A wide range of diseases, mainly infections, autoimmune conditions (inflammatory diseases), malignancies and miscellaneous can cause FUO. Positron emission tomography (PET) or positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanning makes a great contribution to the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of FUO due to the high sensitivity of pathological accumulation of 18F-FDG. The diagnostic yield of PET/CT is higher than traditional radiographic imaging and other nuclear medicine scanning. Owing to the numerous advantages of PET/CT including high sensitivity and the ability to perform whole-body scans, many rare diseases presenting with FUO can be detected and the spectrum of diseases that can exhibit FUO has been increasing. Recent studies utilizing FUO are discussed in this paper. However, there are limited data available about the role of 18F-FDG PET or PET/CT in evaluation of FUO. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Serial 18F-FDG PET for Monitoring Treatment Response After Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation for Myelofibrosis.

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    Derlin, Thorsten; Alchalby, Haefaa; Bannas, Peter; Laqmani, Azien; Ayuk, Francis; Triviai, Ioanna; Kreipe, Hans-Heinrich; Bengel, Frank M; Kröger, Nicolaus

    2016-10-01

    Our objective was to assess the feasibility of (18)F-FDG PET/CT for noninvasive monitoring of treatment response after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for myelofibrosis. Twelve patients with myelofibrosis underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT before and after SCT. Bone marrow uptake, spleen uptake, and spleen size were assessed before and after SCT and compared with hematologic response criteria and bone marrow biopsies. All patients who did not achieve complete remission remained PET-positive (P = 0.02). Extent of disease, bone marrow metabolism, spleen metabolism, and spleen volume decreased significantly in patients with complete remission (P = 0.03). PET/CT after SCT had a sensitivity of 1.0 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.54-1.0), a specificity of 0.83 (95% CI, 0.36-1.0), a negative predictive value of 1.0 (95% CI, 0.48-1.0), and a positive predictive value of 0.86 (95% CI, 0.42-1.0) for diagnosis of residual disease. (18)F-FDG PET/CT is feasible for noninvasive monitoring of treatment response after allogeneic SCT for myelofibrosis. © 2016 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

  2. Value of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in patients with fever of unknown origin and unexplained prolonged inflammatory syndrome: a single centre analysis experience.

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    Federici, L; Blondet, C; Imperiale, A; Sibilia, J; Pasquali, J-L; Pflumio, F; Goichot, B; Blaison, G; Weber, J-C; Christmann, D; Constantinesco, A; Andrès, E

    2010-01-01

    The aim of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic contribution of (18)F-fluoro-deoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) in patients with fever of unknown origin (FUO) or unexplained prolonged inflammatory syndrome (UPIS) in real life. We performed a retrospective study including 14 patients with FUO or UPIS hospitalised in our institution (Strasbourg University Hospital, France) between January 2005 and July 2006. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was considered helpful when abnormal results allowed an accurate diagnosis. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was helpful in half the patients (7/14) for final diagnosis. A diagnosis was reached in 87.5% of the patients (7/8) with an abnormal (18)F-FDG-PET/CT but only in 50% of the patients (3/6) with a normal (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. Conventional chest and abdominal CT was performed in 13 patients before ordering (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. We considered that (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was essential to establish the final diagnosis in only 23% of the patients (3/13) since neither chest nor abdominal CT identified abnormalities consistent with the final diagnosis. However, among the three patients, two were diagnosed with large vessel vasculitis and one patient with local prosthetic infection. Our study supports the potential interest of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in the diagnostic workup of FUO and UPIS as it helped establish a fine diagnosis in half of the cases. However, (18)F-FDG-PET/CT appeared to be essential to the final diagnosis in only 23% of the cases. In our opinion, this protocol should be performed as a second level test, especially when conventional CT is normal or is unable to discriminate between active and silent lesions.

  3. 18F-FDG PET versus CT for the detection of enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma in refractory celiac disease.

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    Hadithi, Muhammed; Mallant, Maarten; Oudejans, Joost; van Waesberghe, Jan-Hein T M; Mulder, Chris J; Comans, Emile F I

    2006-10-01

    Refractory celiac disease (RCD) can evolve into enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL). 18F-FDG PET has been reported to discriminate between RCD and EATL. Because prospective data are lacking, we designed a prospective study to evaluate the potential of 18F-FDG PET for detection of EATL in patients with RCD and compared the results with those obtained using abdominal CT in a referral center. Between April 2003 and April 2005, 8 consecutive patients (median age, 66 y; range, 52-89 y) with EATL and 30 patients (median age, 61 y; range, 44-71 y) with RCD were included. CT and 18F-FDG PET were performed on all patients. Histologic evidence of EATL was identified in tissue samples obtained during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy or surgical resection. Villous atrophy was found in all patients with RCD and all (except 1) patients with EATL in nontumoral mucosa. Histologic examination of 1 patient with EATL localized in the duodenum showed intraepithelial lymphocytosis only. 18F-FDG PET could reveal sites histologically proven to be EATL in all 8 patients, whereas CT showed normal findings in 1 patient with EATL. 18F-FDG PET detected unsuspected extraintestinal sites affected by EATL in 2 patients. CT showed abnormalities such as a thickened small-bowel wall or lymphadenopathy in 14 patients with RCD lacking evidence of EATL at follow-up. 18F-FDG PET findings were positive in 3 and equivocal in another 3 patients with RCD. 18F-FDG PET was more sensitive and specific than CT (100% vs. 87% and 90% vs. 53%, respectively). Our data show that 18F-FDG PET is more sensitive in detecting EATL in patients with RCD than is CT. 18F-FDG PET, in addition to conventional CT, is recommended for evaluating patients with RCD.

  4. The role of early 18F-FDG PET/CT in therapeutic management and ongoing risk stratification of high/intermediate-risk thyroid carcinoma.

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    Triviño Ibáñez, E M; Muros, M A; Torres Vela, E; Llamas Elvira, J M

    2016-03-01

    Little is known about the role in ongoing risk stratification of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) performed early after radioactive iodine (RAI) ablation in differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). The aim of the study is to investigate whether 18F-FDG PET/CT performed early after RAI ablation is useful to detect disease and to influence therapy and ongoing risk stratification. Patients with high/intermediate risk of recurrent DTC were included. 18F-FDG PET/CT scan was performed within 6 months after RAI ablation. We confirmed results with other imaging techniques, pathology reports, or follow-up. We classified the patient response as excellent, acceptable, or incomplete. Modified Hicks criteria were used to evaluate clinical impact. We included 81 patients with high/intermediate risk of recurrent DTC. Forty-one (50.6%) had positive uptake in 18F-FDG PET/CT, with negative (131)I whole-body scan ((131)I WBS). Sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy of 18F-FDG PET/CT were 92.5, 90.2, and 91.4%, respectively. 18F-FDG PET/CT results had an impact on therapy in 38.3% of patients. One year after initial therapy, 45.7% showed excellent response, 8.6% acceptable response, and 45.7% incomplete response. A statistically significant relationship was found between negative 18F-FDG PET/CT and excellent response (80 vs. 12.2%, p < 0.001; OR 52.8). 18F-FDG PET/CT scan performed early in surveillance of patients with high/intermediate-risk thyroid carcinoma provides important additional information not available with conventional follow-up methods and had a high impact on therapy. A negative 18F-FDG PET/CT predicts an excellent response to therapy in the new ongoing risk stratification.

  5. Prognostic value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT volumetric parameters in recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer.

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    Mayoral, M; Fernandez-Martinez, A; Vidal, L; Fuster, D; Aya, F; Pavia, J; Pons, F; Lomeña, F; Paredes, P

    2016-01-01

    Metabolic tumour volume (MTV) and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) from (18)F-FDG PET/CT are emerging prognostic biomarkers in various solid neoplasms. These volumetric parameters and the SUVmax have shown to be useful criteria for disease prognostication in preoperative and post-treatment epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of (18)F-FDG PET/CT measurements to predict survival in patients with recurrent EOC. Twenty-six patients with EOC who underwent a total of 31 (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies for suspected recurrence were retrospectively included. SUVmax and volumetric parameters whole-body MTV (wbMTV) and whole-body TLG (wbTLG) with a threshold of 40% and 50% of the SUVmax were obtained. Correlation between PET parameters and progression-free survival (PFS) and the survival analysis of prognostic factors were calculated. Serous cancer was the most common histological subtype (76.9%). The median PFS was 12.5 months (range 10.7-20.6 months). Volumetric parameters showed moderate inverse correlation with PFS but there was no significant correlation in the case of SUVmax. The correlation was stronger for first recurrences. By Kaplan-Meier analysis and log-rank test, wbMTV 40%, wbMTV 50% and wbTLG 50% correlated with PFS. However, SUVmax and wbTLG 40% were not statistically significant predictors for PFS. Volumetric parameters wbMTV and wbTLG 50% measured by (18)F-FDG PET/CT appear to be useful prognostic predictors of outcome and may provide valuable information to individualize treatment strategies in patients with recurrent EOC. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  6. Radiation exposure to nuclear medicine staffs during 18F-FDG PET/CT procedures at Ramathibodi Hospital

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    Donmoon, T.; Chamroonrat, W.; Tuntawiroon, M.

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study is to estimate the whole body and finger radiation doses per study received by nuclear medicine staff involved in dispensing, administration of 18F-FDG and interacting with radioactive patients during PET/CT imaging procedures in a PET/CT facility. The whole-body doses received by radiopharmacists, technologists and nurses were measured by electronic dosimeter and the finger doses by ring dosimeter during a period of 4 months. In 70 PET/CT studies, the mean whole-body dose per study to radiopharmacist, technologist, and nurse were 1.07±0.09, 1.77±0.46, μSv, and not detectable respectively. The mean finger doses per study received by radiopharmacist, technologist, and nurse were 265.65±107.55, 4.84±1.08 and 19.22±2.59 μSv, respectively. The average time in contact with 18F-FDG was 5.88±0.03, 39.06±1.89 and 1.21±0.02 minutes per study for radiopharmacist, technologist and nurse respectively. Technologists received highest mean effective whole- body dose per study and radiopharmacist received the highest finger dose per study. When compared with the ICRP dose limit, each individual worker can work with many more 18F- FDG PET/CT studies for a whole year without exceeding the occupational dose limits. This study confirmed that low levels of radiation does are received by our medical personnel involved in 18F-FDG PET/CT procedures.

  7. Diagnostic performance of an automated analysis software for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia with 18F FDG PET

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    Partovi, Sasan; Yuh, Roger; Pirozzi, Sara; Lu, Ziang; Couturier, Spencer; Grosse, Ulrich; Schluchter, Mark D; Nelson, Aaron; Jones, Robert; O’Donnell, James K; Faulhaber, Peter

    2017-01-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the ability of a quantitative software-aided approach to improve the diagnostic accuracy of 18F FDG PET for Alzheimer’s dementia over visual analysis alone. Twenty normal subjects (M:F-12:8; mean age 80.6 years) and twenty mild AD subjects (M:F-12:8; mean age 70.6 years) with 18F FDG PET scans were obtained from the ADNI database. Three blinded readers interpreted these PET images first using a visual qualitative approach and then using a quantitative software-aided approach. Images were classified on two five-point scales based on normal/abnormal (1-definitely normal; 5-definitely abnormal) and presence of AD (1-definitely not AD; 5-definitely AD). Diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for both approaches were compared based on the aforementioned scales. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the normal vs. abnormal readings of all readers combined were higher when comparing the software-aided vs. visual approach (sensitivity 0.93 vs. 0.83 P = 0.0466; specificity 0.85 vs. 0.60 P = 0.0005; accuracy 0.89 vs. 0.72 P<0.0001). The specificity and accuracy for absence vs. presence of AD of all readers combined were higher when comparing the software-aided vs. visual approach (specificity 0.90 vs. 0.70 P = 0.0008; accuracy 0.81 vs. 0.72 P = 0.0356). Sensitivities of the software-aided and visual approaches did not differ significantly (0.72 vs. 0.73 P = 0.74). The quantitative software-aided approach appears to improve the performance of 18F FDG PET for the diagnosis of mild AD. It may be helpful for experienced 18F FDG PET readers analyzing challenging cases. PMID:28123864

  8. Diagnostic and prognostic value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in recurrent germinal tumor carcinoma.

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    Alongi, Pierpaolo; Evangelista, Laura; Caobelli, Federico; Spallino, Marianna; Gianolli, Luigi; Midiri, Massimo; Picchio, Maria

    2017-08-22

    The aim of this bicentric retrospective study was to assess the diagnostic performance, the prognostic value, the incremental prognostic value and the impact on therapeutic management of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in patients with suspected recurrent germinal cell testicular carcinoma (GCT). From the databases of two centers including 31,500 (18)F-FDG PET/CT oncological studies, 114 patients affected by GCT were evaluated in a retrospective study. All 114 patients underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT for suspected recurrent disease. Diagnostic performance of visually interpreted (18)F-FDG PET/CT and potential impact on the treatment decision were assessed using histology (17 patients), other diagnostic imaging modalities (i.e., contrast enhanced CT in 89 patients and MRI in 15) and clinical follow-up (114 patients) as reference. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) rates were computed by means of Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. The progression rate (Hazard Ratio-HR) was determined using univariate Cox regression analysis by considering various clinical variables. Recurrent GCT was confirmed in 47 of 52 patients with pathological (18)F-FDG PET/CT findings, by means of histology in 18 patients and by other diagnostic imaging modalities/follow-up in 29. Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive and negative likelihood ratio (LR+ and LR-, respectively), pre-test Odds-ratio and post-test Odds-ratio of (18)FDG PET/CT were 86.8%, 90.2%, 88.4%, 8.85, 0.14, 0.85, 8.85, respectively.(18)F-FDG PET/CT impacted significantly on therapeutic management in 26/114 (23%) cases (from palliative to curative in 12 patients, from "wait and watch" to new chemotherapy in six patients and the "wait-and-watch" approach in eight patients with unremarkable findings). At 2 and 5-year follow-up, PFS was significantly longer in patients with a negative than a pathological (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan (98% and 95% vs 48% and 38%, respectively; p = 0.02). An unremarkable scan was associated also

  9. PET/CT in giant cell arteritis: High (18)F-FDG uptake in the temporal, occipital and vertebral arteries.

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    Rehak, Z; Vasina, J; Ptacek, J; Kazda, T; Fojtik, Z; Nemec, P

    (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging is useful in patients with fever of unknown origin and can detect giant cell arteritis in extracranial large arteries. However, it is usually assumed that temporal arteries cannot be visualized with a PET/CT scanner due to their small diameter. Three patients with clinical symptoms of temporal arteritis were examined using a standard whole body PET/CT protocol (skull base - mid thighs) followed by a head PET/CT scan using the brain protocol. High (18)F-FDG uptake in the aorta and some arterial branches were detected in all 3 patients with the whole body protocol. Using the brain protocol, head imaging led to detection of high (18)F-FDG uptake in temporal arteries as well as in their branches (3 patients), in occipital arteries (2 patients) and also in vertebral arteries (3 patients). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  10. The Effect of Xanthigen on the Expression of Brown Adipose Tissue Assessed by 18F-FDG PET

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    Kim, Kwang-Min; Kim, Sang-Man; Cho, Doo-Yeon; Park, Soo-Jung

    2016-01-01

    Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is related with energy expenditure, in contrary to fat-storing white adipose tissue. Recent studies have shown that cold exposure could be related with the expression of BAT in adult subjects assessed by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET). In addition, the application in previous clinical trials showed positive effect of xanthigen containing fucoxanthin and punicic acid on body weight and liver fat content. In this short-term intervention study, we evaluated the effect of xanthigen on the expression of BAT by 18F-FDG PET. Two healthy obese premenopausal women were enrolled and xanthigen 600 mg (2 capsules including fucoxanthin 3 mg, punicic acid 174 mg) was given for 3 months without dietary and exercise intervention. Body composition and dietary intake were assessed monthly. Laboratory test and 18F-FDG PET were performed before and after intervention. After intervention, there was neither weight reduction nor remarkable laboratory change. However, BAT, assessed by 18F-FDG PET, was detected in both cervical, supraclavicular and paravertebral space in one subject, even though her body weight showed mild increase. This result suggested that xanthigen can induce BAT in a healthy adult. However, a further large well-controlled study is needed. PMID:27189303

  11. A comparison of the diagnostic value of MRI and (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in suspected spondylodiscitis.

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    Smids, Carolijn; Kouijzer, Ilse J E; Vos, Fidel J; Sprong, Tom; Hosman, Allard J F; de Rooy, Jacky W J; Aarntzen, Erik H J G; de Geus-Oei, Lioe-Fee; Oyen, Wim J G; Bleeker-Rovers, Chantal P

    2017-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing spondylodiscitis and its complications, such as epidural and paraspinal abscesses. From January 2006 to August 2013 patients with a clinical suspicion of spondylodiscitis, with an infection, or with fever of unknown origin were retrospectively included if (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and MRI of the spine were performed within a 2-week time span. Imaging results were compared to the final clinical diagnosis and follow-up data were collected. Sixty-eight patients were included of whom 49 patients were diagnosed with spondylodiscitis. MRI showed an overall sensitivity of 67 % and specificity of 84 %. Diagnostic accuracy was 58 %, when MRI was performed within 2 weeks after the start of symptoms and improved to 82 %, when performed more than 2 weeks after onset of symptoms. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT showed a sensitivity of 96 % and a specificity of 95 %, with no relation to the interval between the scan and the start of symptoms. As compared to MRI, (18)F-FDG-PET/CT has superior diagnostic value for detecting early spondylodiscitis. After 2 weeks both techniques perform similarly.

  12. Is integrated 18F-FDG PET/MRI superior to 18F-FDG PET/CT in the differentiation of incidental tracer uptake in the head and neck area?

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    Schaarschmidt, Benedikt Michael; Gomez, Benedikt; Buchbender, Christian; Grueneisen, Johannes; Nensa, Felix; Sawicki, Lino Morris; Ruhlmann, Verena; Wetter, Axel; Antoch, Gerald; Heusch, Philipp

    2017-01-01

    PURPOSE We aimed to investigate the accuracy of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (18F-FDG PET/MRI) compared with contrast-enhanced 18F-FDG PET/computed tomography (PET/CT) for the characterization of incidental tracer uptake in examinations of the head and neck. METHODS A retrospective analysis of 81 oncologic patients who underwent contrast-enhanced 18F-FDG PET/CT and subsequent PET/MRI was performed by two readers for incidental tracer uptake. In a consensus reading, discrepancies were resolved. Each finding was either characterized as most likely benign, most likely malignant, or indeterminate. Using all available clinical information including results from histopathologic sampling and follow-up examinations, an expert reader classified each finding as benign or malignant. McNemar’s test was used to compare the performance of both imaging modalities in characterizing incidental tracer uptake. RESULTS Forty-six lesions were detected by both modalities. On PET/CT, 27 lesions were classified as most likely benign, one as most likely malignant, and 18 as indeterminate; on PET/MRI, 31 lesions were classified as most likely benign, one lesion as most likely malignant, and 14 as indeterminate. Forty-three lesions were benign and one lesion was malignant according to the reference standard. In two lesions, a definite diagnosis was not possible. McNemar’s test detected no differences concerning the correct classification of incidental tracer uptake between PET/CT and PET/MRI (P = 0.125). CONCLUSION In examinations of the head and neck area, incidental tracer uptake cannot be classified more accurately by PET/MRI than by PET/CT. PMID:28089955

  13. Dynamic (18)F-FDG PET- Lymphography for in Vivo Identification of Lymph Node Metastases in Murine Melanoma.

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    Lockau, Hannah H; Neuschmelting, Volker; Ogirala, Anuja; Vilaseca, Antoni; Grimm, Jan

    2017-09-14

    Objective: Positron Lymphography using (18)F-FDG followed by Cerenkov guided resection of lymph nodes in healthy mice has previously been introduced by our group. Our aim in this study was to further assess the technique`s potential beyond merely localizing sentinel lymph nodes. We now aimed to evaluate the potential of Positron Lymphography to characterize the nodes with respect to their tumor status on order to identify metastatic lymph nodes. We explored if metastatic nodes could be distinguished from normal nodes via dynamic (18)F-FDG-lymphography, in order to then be resected under Cerenkov imaging guidance. Materials and Methods: A murine melanoma cell line highly metastatic to lymph nodes (B16F10) was implanted subcutaneously on the dorsal hind paw of C57 mice while the tumor-free contralateral leg served as an intra-individual control. An model of reactive lymph nodes after ConcanavalinA challenge served as additional control to provide non-malignant inflammatory lymphadenopathy. Dynamic combined PET and computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging was acquired immediately following injection of (18)F-FDG around the tumor or intracutaneously in the contralateral footpad. Furthermore, PET/CT and Cerenkov studies were performed repeatedly over time to follow the course of metastatic spread. In select mice, popliteal lymph nodes underwent Cerenkov luminescence imaging. Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining was done to verify the presence of lymphatic melanoma infiltration. Results: Positron Lymphography using (18)F-FDG was successfully performed in tumor-bearing and non tumor-bearing mice as well as controls bearing sites of inflammation; the results clearly identified the sentinel lymph node basin and delineated the lymphatic drainage. Significantly prolonged retention of activity was evident in metastatic nodes as compared to controls without tumor. Based on these results, the contrast in detection and identification of metastatic lymph nodes was distinct and could

  14. Preoperative Evaluation of Renal Cell Carcinoma by Using 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Takahashi, Miwako; Kume, Haruki; Koyama, Keitaro; Nakagawa, Tohru; Fujimura, Tetsuya; Morikawa, Teppei; Fukayama, Masashi; Homma, Yukio; Ohtomo, Kuni; Momose, Toshimitsu

    2015-01-01

    Purpose This study aimed to characterize the FDG uptake of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) by the pathological subtype and nuclear grade. Patients and Methods We retrospectively identified patients who underwent 18F-FDG PET and subsequent partial or radical nephrectomy for renal tumors. The relationships of the SUV of renal tumor with subtypes, nuclear grade, and clinicopathological variables were investigated. Results Ninety-two tumors were analyzed, including 52 low-grade (G1 and G2) and 18 high-grade (G3 and G4) clear cell RCC; 7 chromophobe, 5 papillary, and 1 unclassified RCC; and 9 benign tumors (7 angiomyolipoma and 2 oncocytoma). The SUVs of high-grade clear cell RCC (mean ± SD, 6.8 ± 5.1) and papillary RCC (6.6 ± 3.7) were significantly higher than that of the controls (2.2 ± 0.3). The SUV of high-grade clear cell RCC was higher than that of low-grade tumors (median, 4.0 vs. 2.2; P < 0.001). The optimal SUV cutoff value of 3.0 helped to differentiate high-grade from low-grade clear cell RCC, with 89% sensitivity and 87% specificity. On multiple regression analysis, a high grade was the most significant predictor of SUV for clear cell RCC. Conclusions FDG uptake higher than that observed in normal kidney tissues suggests a high-grade clear cell RCC or papillary RCC subtype. FDG-PET using SUV may have a role in prediction of pathological grade of renal tumor. PMID:26164183

  15. [Understanding positon emission tomography (PET) with [18F]-FDG in clinical oncology. Informations dedicated to patients and relatives].

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    Bourguet, Patrick; Brusco, Sylvie; Corone, Corinne; Devillers, Anne; Foehrenbach, Hervé; Lumbroso, Jean-Daniel; Maszelin, Philippe; Montravers, Françoise; Moretti, Jean-Luc; Rain, Jean-Didier; Talbot, Jean-Noël; Carretier, Julien; Leichtnam-Dugarin, Line; Delavigne, Valérie; Philip, Thierry; Fervers, Béatrice

    2005-07-01

    In response to the evolution of the information-seeking behaviour of patients and concerns from health professionals regarding cancer patient information, the French National Federation of Comprehensive Cancer Centres (FNCLCC) introduced, in 1998, an information and education program dedicated to patients and relatives, the SOR SAVOIR PATIENT program (SSP). The methodology of this program adheres to established quality criteria regarding the elaboration of patient information. Cancer patient information, developed in this program, is based on clinical practice guidelines produced by the FNCLCC and the twenty French regional cancer centres, the National League against Cancer, the French Hospital Federation, the National Oncology Federation of Regional and University Hospitals, the French Oncology Federation of General Hospitals, many learned societies, as well as an active participation of patients, former patients and caregivers. The guidelines, "Standards, Options: Recommendations" (SOR) are used as primary information sources. The handbook SOR SAVOIR PATIENT Understanding positron emission tomography (PET) with [18F]-FDG in clinical oncology, integrally published in this issue of the Bulletin du Cancer, is an adapted version of the clinical practice guidelines (CPG) Standards, Options and Recommendations for positron emission tomography (PET) with [18F]-FDG in clinical oncology. The main objectives of this article are to allow persons affected by cancer and their close relatives to better understand this medical imaging technique and its implementation. This document also offers health professionals a synthetic evidence-based patient information source that should help them communicate that information during the physician-patient encounter. Positron emission tomography (PET) is a scintigraphy technique using a radiotracer, [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (abbreviated [18F]-FDG), administered intravenously into the patient's arm. This tracer, similar to glucose (sugar

  16. 18F-FDG PET/CT can predict survival of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma patients: A multicenter retrospective cohort study.

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    Na, Sae Jung; Oh, Jin Kyoung; Hyun, Seung Hyup; Lee, Jeong Won; Hong, Il Ki; Song, Bong-Il; Kim, Tae-Sung; Eo, Jae Seon; Lee, Sung Won; Yoo, Ie Ryung; Chung, Yong An; Yun, Mijin

    2016-10-27

    Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stage C hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) consists of a heterogeneous group of patients with a wide range of survival times, requiring further prognostic stratification to facilitate treament allocation. We evaluated the prognostic value of (18)F-flurodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) at the time of presentation in patients with BCLC stage C HCC.

  17. (18)F-FDG PET/CT as an Indicator of Survival in Ewing Sarcoma of Bone.

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    Salem, Usama; Amini, Behrang; Chuang, Hubert H; Daw, Najat C; Wei, Wei; Haygood, Tamara Miner; Madewell, John E; Costelloe, Colleen M

    2017-01-01

    Objective: The existing literature of 18 F-FDG PET/CT in Ewing sarcoma investigates mixed populations of patients with both soft tissue and bone primary tumors. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) obtained with 18F-FDG PET/CT before and after induction chemotherapy can be used as an indicator of survival in patients with Ewing sarcoma originating exclusively in the skeleton. Materials and Methods: A retrospective database search from 2004-2011 identified 28 patients who underwent 18 F-FDG PET/CT before (SUV1, n= 28) and after (SUV2, n=23) induction chemotherapy. Mean follow up was 3.3 years and median follow up for survivors was 6.3 years (range: 2.6-9.8 years). Multivariate and univariate Cox proportional hazard model was used to assess for correlation of SUV1, SUV2, and the change in SUVmax with overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). Results: Mean SUVmax was 10.74 before (SUV1) and after 4.11 (SUV2) induction chemotherapy. High SUV1 (HR = 1.05, 95% CI: 1.0-1.1, P = 0.01) and SUV2 (HR =1.2, 95% CI: 1.0-1.4, P = 0.01) were associated with worse OS. A cut off point of 11.6 was identified for SUV1. SUV1 higher than 11.6 had significantly worse OS (HR = 5.71, 95% CI: 1.85 - 17.61, P = 0.003) and PFS (HR = 3.16, 95% CI: 1.13 - 8.79, P = 0.03, P < 0.05 is significant). Conclusion: 18F-FDG PET/CT can be used as a prognostic indicator for survival in primary Ewing sarcoma of bone.

  18. 18F-FDG PET/CT and MR findings of ovarian carcinoid within a dermoid cyst.

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    Horikawa, Masahiro; Shinmoto, Hiroshi; Soga, Shigeyoshi; Miyai, Kosuke; Kaji, Tastumi

    2014-09-01

    Ovarian carcinoid is a rare neoplasm of low-grade malignancy occurring within a dermoid cyst or mucinous tumor, predominantly in perimenopausal women. Reports with radiologic features are scarce. We present a case of a 57-year-old woman with an ovarian carcinoid within a dermoid cyst manifested as a multilocular cystic mass with a solid component showing 18F-FDG PET uptake (SUVmax=6.02).

  19. A case of gouty arthritis to tophi on 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging.

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    Ito, Kimiteru; Minamimoto, Ryogo; Morooka, Miyako; Kubota, Kazuo

    2012-06-01

    We report a case of gouty arthritis with tophi that was evaluated using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography. A 77-year-old man with a history of gouty attacks was admitted with severe polyarticular pain and fever. 18F-FDG positron emission tomography/CT demonstrated focal uptake at multiple joints, including the juxta-articular soft-tissue-density masses of the elbows, and the bases of bilateral large toes. Gouty arthritis should be considered with focal 18F-FDG uptake in juxta-articular soft-tissue-density masses (tophi) with or without associated erosions.

  20. (18)F-FDG PET/CT in bilateral primary adrenal T-cell lymphoma.

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    Santhosh, Sampath; Mittal, Bhagwant Rai; Shankar, Praveen; Kashyap, Raghava; Bhattacharya, Anish; Singh, Baljinder; Das, Ashim; Bhansali, Anil

    2011-01-01

    Primary adrenal lymphoma is extremely rare. We report a young patient who presented with non- specific symptoms of fever and abdominal pain. Conventional imaging modalities demonstrated bilateral bulky adrenal masses, and whole-body fluorine-18-fluorodesoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography showed intense (18)F-FDG-avid bilateral adrenal masses with no evidence of extra-adrenal spread. A pathological diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma of peripheral T-cell type was made. The present case indicates that primary adrenal lymphoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of bilateral adrenal masses.

  1. Usefulness of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in recurrent basal cell carcinoma: Report of a case.

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    Ayala, S; Perlaza, P; Puig, S; Prats, E; Vidal-Sicart, S

    2016-01-01

    We analyze the case of a patient with left periorbital infiltrating basal cell carcinoma treated with surgical excision in October 2010. Surgery included orbital exenteration and reconstruction using skin graft and radiotherapy. In May 2013 a MR imaging showed a mass in the left orbital fossa, suggesting a recurrence in the graft. A basal cell carcinoma recurrence with perineural invasion was confirmed in the biopsy. On (18)F-FDG PET/CT performed, a hypermetabolic activity was observed in the left periorbital area with extension to surrounding sinus and bones. The use of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma has not been fully explored due to the rarity of this entity. This case demonstrates the usefulness of this technique to determine the extent of non-melanocytic recurrent skin tumors, and its value in the staging and treatment control, supporting the incorporation of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the management of advanced basal cell carcinoma. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  2. Dual-time-point [18F]-FDG PET/CT in the diagnostic evaluation of suspicious breast lesions.

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    Caprio, M G; Cangiano, A; Imbriaco, M; Soscia, F; Di Martino, G; Farina, A; Avitabile, G; Pace, L; Forestieri, P; Salvatore, M

    2010-03-01

    The authors sought to evaluate whether the reacquisition of images 3 h after administration of radiotracer improves the sensitivity of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography computed tomography ([(18)F]-FDG PET/CT) in patients with suspicious breast lesions. Forty-eight patients with 59 breast lesions underwent an [(18)F]-FDG PET/CT study in the prone position with a dual-time-point acquisition performed in the early phase 1 h after FDG administration (PET-1) and in the delayed phase 3 h after FDG administration (PET-2). Both examinations were evaluated qualitatively and semiquantitatively with calculation of the mean percentage variation of the standard uptake values (Delta% SUV(max)) between PET-1 and PET-2. All lesions with an SUV(max) >or=2.5 at PET-1 or a reduction in SUV between PET-1 and PET-2 were considered benign. The definitive histopathological diagnosis was available for all patients included in the study. The dual-time-point acquisition of [(18)F]-FDG PET/CT displayed an accuracy of 85% for lesions with an SUV(max) >or=2.5 and/or positive Delta% SUV(max), with sensitivity and specificity values of 81% and 100% compared with 69%, 63% (both p<0.001) and 100% (p=n.s.), respectively, for the single-time-point acquisition. Malignant lesions showed an increase in FDG uptake between PET-1 and PET-2, with a Delta% SUV(max) of 10+/-7 (p<0.04). In contrast, benign lesions showed a decrease in SUV between PET-1 and PET-2, with a Delta% SUV(max) of -21+/-7 (p<0.001). The delayed repeat acquisition of PET images improves the accuracy of [(18)F]-FDG PET/CT in patients with suspicious breast lesions with respect to the single-time-point acquisition. In addition, malignant breast lesions displayed an increase in FDG uptake over time, whereas benign lesions showed a reduction. These variations in FDG uptake between PET-1 and PET-2 are a reliable parameter that can be used for differentiating between benign and malignant breast lesions.

  3. PET/CT imaging in polymyalgia rheumatica: praepubic 18F-FDG uptake correlates with pectineus and adductor longus muscles enthesitis and with tenosynovitis

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    Sprlakova-Pukova, Andrea; Bortlicek, Zbynek; Fojtik, Zdenek; Kazda, Tomas; Joukal, Marek; Koukalova, Renata; Vasina, Jiri; Eremiasova, Jana; Nemec, Petr

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Background The role of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) is increasing in the diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), one of the most common inflammatory rheumatic diseases. In addition to other locations, increased 18F-FDG accumulation has been detected in the praepubic region in some patients. However, a deeper description and pathophysiological explanation of this increased praepubic accumulation has been lacking. The aim of the presented study is to confirm a decrease in praepubic 18F-FDG accumulation in response to therapy and to describe potential correlations to other 18F-FDG PET/CT scan characteristics during the course of disease. As a secondary objective, we describe the pathological aspects of the observed praepubic 18F-FDG uptake. Patients and methods A retrospective review of patients with newly suspected PMR undergoing baseline and follow up 18F-FDG PET/CT between February 2010 and March 2016 is given. Those with a visually detected presence of praepubic 18F-FDG accumulation were further analysed. The uptake was assessed visually and also semi-quantitatively in the defined region of interest by calculation of target-to-liver ratios. Other regions typical for PMR were systematically described as well (shoulders, hips, sternoclavicular joints, ischiogluteal bursae, spinous interspaces). Results Twenty-three out of 89 screened patients (26%) presented with initial praepubic 18F-FDG PET/CT positivity, 15 of whom also underwent follow up 18F-FDG PET/CT examination. Five out of 15 patients presented with increased 18F-FDG accumulation in large arteries as a sign of giant cell arteritis. During follow up examination, decrease in 18F-FDG accumulation caused by therapeutic intervention was observed in all evaluated locations in all analysed patients and no new positivity was indicated, including periarticular, extraarticular tissues or target large vessels. Praepubical accumulation of 18F-FDG was

  4. Reproducibility of 18F-FDG PET uptake measurements in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma on both PET/CT and PET/MR

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    Fischer, B M; Aznar, M C; Hansen, A E; Vogelius, I R; Löfgren, J; Andersen, F L; Loft, A; Kjaer, A; Højgaard, L; Specht, L

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate reproducibility of fluorine-18 fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) uptake on 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET)/CT and 18F-FDG PET/MR scans in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Methods: 30 patients with HNSCC were included in this prospective study. The patients were scanned twice before radiotherapy treatment with both PET/CT and PET/MR. Patients were scanned on the same scanners, 3 days apart and according to the same protocol. Metabolic tumour activity was measured by the maximum and peak standardized uptake value (SUVmax and SUVpeak, respectively), and total lesion glycolysis from the metabolic tumour volume defined from ≥50% SUVmax. Bland–Altman analysis with limits of agreement, coefficient of variation (CV) from the two modalities were performed in order to test the reproducibility. Furthermore, CVs from SUVmax and SUVpeak were compared. The area under the curve from cumulative SUV–volume histograms were measured and tested for reproducibility of the distribution of 18F-FDG uptake. Results: 24 patients had two pre-treatment PET/CT scans and 21 patients had two pre-treatment PET/MR scans available for further analyses. Mean difference for SUVmax, peak and mean was approximately 4% for PET/CT and 3% for PET/MR, with 95% limits of agreement less than ±20%. CV was small (5–7%) for both modalities. There was no significant difference in CVs between PET/CT and PET/MR (p = 0.31). SUVmax was not more reproducible than SUVpeak (p = 0.09). Conclusion: 18F-FDG uptake in PET/CT and PET/MR is highly reproducible and we found no difference in reproducibility between PET/CT and PET/MR. Advances in knowledge: This is the first report to test reproducibility of PET/CT and PET/MR. PMID:25634069

  5. The utility of 18F-FDG PET/CT in solitary fibrous tumors of the pleura.

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    Tazeler, Z; Tan, G; Aslan, A; Tan, S

    2016-01-01

    To demonstrate the utility of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the differentiation of benign and malignant solitary fibrous tumors of the pleura (SFTP). A retrospective review was performed on the (18)F-FDG PET/CT data from 17 patients with histopathologically diagnosed benign or malignant SFTP. The size, side of SFTP, presence of necrosis, calcification, pleural effusion, hilar lymphadenopathy (LAP), density on CT images (Hounsfield unit-HU), and (18)F-FDG uptake (SUVmax) were recorded and compared in order to detect malignant SFTP. Statistical significance was set as p<0.05. The difference in size, presence of necrosis, and hilar LAP on CT images were statistically significant (p=0.004, p<0.001, p=0.015, respectively) in a comparison of benign and malignant SFTPs. The mean HU of benign SFTP was 46.16±5.52HU, and for malignant SFTP it was 35.03±4.61HU (p=0.003). The mean SUVmax was 3.02±1.02 for benign SFTP and 4.89±2.12 for malignant SFTP (p=0.021). A cut-off value of ≥7cm for size, ≤39.81HU for density, and ≥3.47 for SUVmax was obtained by ROC analysis for detecting malignant SFTP. (18)F-FDG PET/CT may have a limited role in diagnosing malignant SFTP in suspected patients. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  6. Improved characterization of molecular phenotypes in breast lesions using 18F-FDG PET image homogeneity

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    Cao, Kunlin; Bhagalia, Roshni; Sood, Anup; Brogi, Edi; Mellinghoff, Ingo K.; Larson, Steven M.

    2015-03-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) using uorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) is commonly used in the assessment of breast lesions by computing voxel-wise standardized uptake value (SUV) maps. Simple metrics derived from ensemble properties of SUVs within each identified breast lesion are routinely used for disease diagnosis. The maximum SUV within the lesion (SUVmax) is the most popular of these metrics. However these simple metrics are known to be error-prone and are susceptible to image noise. Finding reliable SUV map-based features that correlate to established molecular phenotypes of breast cancer (viz. estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) expression) will enable non-invasive disease management. This study investigated 36 SUV features based on first and second order statistics, local histograms and texture of segmented lesions to predict ER and PR expression in 51 breast cancer patients. True ER and PR expression was obtained via immunohistochemistry (IHC) of tissue samples from each lesion. A supervised learning, adaptive boosting-support vector machine (AdaBoost-SVM), framework was used to select a subset of features to classify breast lesions into distinct phenotypes. Performance of the trained multi-feature classifier was compared against the baseline single-feature SUVmax classifier using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. Results show that texture features encoding local lesion homogeneity extracted from gray-level co-occurrence matrices are the strongest discriminator of lesion ER expression. In particular, classifiers including these features increased prediction accuracy from 0.75 (baseline) to 0.82 and the area under the ROC curve from 0.64 (baseline) to 0.75.

  7. IMPROVED DERIVATION OF INPUT FUNCTION IN DYNAMIC MOUSE [18F]FDG PET USING BLADDER RADIOACTIVITY KINETICS

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    Wong, Koon-Pong; Zhang, Xiaoli; Huang, Sung-Cheng

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Accurate determination of the plasma input function (IF) is essential for absolute quantification of physiological parameters in positron emission tomography (PET). However, it requires an invasive and tedious procedure of arterial blood sampling that is challenging in mice because of the limited blood volume. In this study, a hybrid modeling approach is proposed to estimate the plasma IF of 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) in mice using accumulated radioactivity in urinary bladder together with a single late-time blood sample measurement. Methods Dynamic PET scans were performed on nine isoflurane-anesthetized male C57BL/6 mice after a bolus injection of [18F]FDG at the lateral caudal vein. During a 60- or 90-min scan, serial blood samples were taken from the femoral artery. Image data were reconstructed using filtered backprojection with CT-based attenuation correction. Total accumulated radioactivity in the urinary bladder was fitted to a renal compartmental model with the last blood sample and a 1-exponential function that described the [18F]FDG clearance in blood. Multiple late-time blood sample estimates were calculated by the blood [18F]FDG clearance equation. A sum of 4-exponentials was assumed for the plasma IF that served as a forcing function to all tissues. The estimated plasma IF was obtained by simultaneously fitting the [18F]FDG model to the time-activity curves (TACs) of liver and muscle and the forcing function to early (0–1 min) left-ventricle data (corrected for delay, dispersion, partial-volume effects and erythrocytes uptake) and the late-time blood estimates. Using only the blood sample acquired at the end of the study to estimate the IF and the use of liver TAC as an alternative IF were also investigated. Results The area under the plasma TACs calculated for all studies using the hybrid approach was not significantly different from that using all blood samples. [18F]FDG uptake constants in brain, myocardium, skeletal

  8. Improved derivation of input function in dynamic mouse [18F]FDG PET using bladder radioactivity kinetics.

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    Wong, Koon-Pong; Zhang, Xiaoli; Huang, Sung-Cheng

    2013-08-01

    Accurate determination of the plasma input function (IF) is essential for absolute quantification of physiological parameters in positron emission tomography (PET). However, it requires an invasive and tedious procedure of arterial blood sampling that is challenging in mice because of the limited blood volume. In this study, a hybrid modeling approach is proposed to estimate the plasma IF of 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) in mice using accumulated radioactivity in urinary bladder together with a single late-time blood sample measurement. Dynamic PET scans were performed on nine isoflurane-anesthetized male C57BL/6 mice after a bolus injection of [18F]FDG at the lateral caudal vein. During a 60- or 90-min scan, serial blood samples were taken from the femoral artery. Image data were reconstructed using filtered backprojection with computed tomography-based attenuation correction. Total accumulated radioactivity in the urinary bladder at late times was fitted to a renal compartmental model with the last blood sample and a one-exponential function that described the [18F]FDG clearance in blood. Multiple late-time blood sample estimates were calculated by the blood [18F]FDG clearance equation. A sum of four-exponentials was assumed for the plasma IF that served as a forcing function to all tissues. The estimated plasma IF was obtained by simultaneously fitting the [18F]FDG model to the time-activity curves (TACs) of liver and muscle and the forcing function to early (0-1 min) left-ventricle data (corrected for delay, dispersion, partial-volume effects, and erythrocyte uptake) and the late-time blood estimates. Using only the blood sample collected at the end of the study to estimate the IF and the use of liver TAC as an alternative IF were also investigated. The area under the plasma IFs calculated for all studies using the hybrid approach was not significantly different from that using all blood samples. [18F]FDG uptake constants in brain, myocardium

  9. Febrile syndrome of unknown origin: Indications for (18)F-FDG PET/CT in inflammatory and infectious processes.

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    García, J R

    Fever of unknown origin is defined as a body temperature greater than 38.3°C lasting more than three weeks for which the cause could not be found within one week of hospital admission. More than 200 causes have been reported, and these can be classified into four categories: infections, inflammatory diseases, oncologic processes, and miscellaneous conditions. Noninvasive diagnostic techniques are used in 69.2% of cases and invasive techniques in 30.8%. Structural imaging techniques show the morphological changes from infectious, inflammatory, and tumor-related processes, but they do not allow the detection of the early changes brought about by these processes. The metabolic information provided by (18)F-FDG PET/CT has a promising role in these patients. (18)F-FDG uptake is based on the cells' use of glucose as a source of energy, so it can be observed in infectious, inflammatory, and tumor-related processes. The established non-oncologic indications for (18)F-FDG PET/CT are sarcoidosis, osteomyelitis, spondylodiscitis, fever of unknown origin, and vasculitis, which together account for more than 85% of studies. Copyright © 2016 SERAM. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. Imaging Radiation-Induced Gastrointestinal, Bone Marrow Injury and Recovery Kinetics Using 18F-FDG PET

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    Tang, Tien T.; Rendon, David A.; Zawaski, Janice A.; Afshar, Solmaz F.; Kaffes, Caterina K.; Sabek, Omaima M.

    2017-01-01

    Positron emission tomography using 18F-Fluro-deoxy-glucose (18F-FDG) is a useful tool to detect regions of inflammation in patients. We utilized this imaging technique to investigate the kinetics of gastrointestinal recovery after radiation exposure and the role of bone marrow in the recovery process. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were either sham irradiated, irradiated with their upper half body shielded (UHBS) at a dose of 7.5 Gy, or whole body irradiated (WBI) with 4 or 7.5 Gy. Animals were imaged using 18F-FDG PET/CT at 5, 10 and 35 days post-radiation exposure. The gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow were analyzed for 18F-FDG uptake. Tissue was collected at all-time points for histological analysis. Following 7.5 Gy irradiation, there was a significant increase in inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract as indicated by the significantly higher 18F-FDG uptake compared to sham. UHBS animals had a significantly higher activity compared to 7.5 Gy WBI at 5 days post-exposure. Animals that received 4 Gy WBI did not show any significant increase in uptake compared to sham. Analysis of the bone marrow showed a significant decrease of uptake in the 7.5 Gy animals 5 days post-irradiation, albeit not observed in the 4 Gy group. Interestingly, as the metabolic activity of the gastrointestinal tract returned to sham levels in UHBS animals it was accompanied by an increase in metabolic activity in the bone marrow. At 35 days post-exposure both gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow 18F-FDG uptake returned to sham levels. 18F-FDG imaging is a tool that can be used to study the inflammatory response of the gastrointestinal tract and changes in bone marrow metabolism caused by radiation exposure. The recovery of the gastrointestinal tract coincides with an increase in bone marrow metabolism in partially shielded animals. These findings further demonstrate the relationship between the gastrointestinal syndrome and bone marrow recovery, and that this interaction can be studied

  11. 18F-FDG PET/CT in suspected recurrences of epithelial malignant pleural mesothelioma in asbestos-fibers-exposed patients (comparison to standard diagnostic follow-up).

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    Niccoli-Asabella, Artor; Notaristefano, Antonio; Rubini, Domenico; Altini, Corinna; Ferrari, Cristina; Merenda, Nunzio; Fanelli, Margherita; Rubini, Giuseppe

    2013-01-01

    This retrospective study evaluated the role of 18-fluorine-labeled 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) in patients with previous occupational or environmental exposure to asbestos, with histopathological diagnosis of epithelial malignant pleural mesothelioma and suspected recurrences, comparing the data from 18F-FDG PET/CT and computed tomography with contrast enhancement (CECT). 18F-FDG PET/CT has greater sensitivity than CECT in identifying local extent, lymph nodes, and metastasis. 18F-FDG PET/CT whole-body explorations are useful to monitor the follow-up and evaluate the metabolic response to chemo- and radiotherapy, modifying the scheduled treatment plan.

  12. The role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis of breast cancer and lymph nodes metastases and micrometastases may be limited.

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    Zhang, Xuemei; Wu, Fengyu; Han, Ping

    2014-01-01

    Our aim was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) in detecting primary invasive breast cancer (IBC) including invasive ductal breast cancer, invasive lobular breast cancer and axillary, internal mammary and supraclavicular lymph nodes. One hundred and sixty four patients with operable IBC and clinically negative lymph nodes were recruited and analyzed retrospectively. All patients underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan, the results of which were compared with histopathology of dissected axillary lymph nodes (ALN). All patients were followed-up annually by ultrasonography, mammography and/or CT or MRI for relapse and distant metastases. Results showed that the (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans were positive in 141/164 (86%) patients and negative in 23/164 (14%) patients. The sensitivity of (18)F-FDG PET was 86% (141/164). Diagnostic performance of PET was significantly correlated with primary tumor grades and size (P:0.003 and P:0.0007, respectively). The sensitivity, specificity, overall accuracy, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in ALN staging (SUVmax cutoff at 2.0) were 46.3%, 91.1%, 79.8%, 63.3%, and 83.6%, respectively. The false negative and false positive rate was 54% (22/41) and 9% (11/123), respectively. No relapse and metastases were found in a follow-up period of 2.42±2.56 months in patients with FN micrometastases in (18)F-FDG PET scan. In conclusion, (18)F-FDG PET/CT was useful in detecting the primary invasive breast cancer and its distant metastases but had a limited value in the axillary, internal mammary and supraclavicular lymph nodes. False negative (18)F-FDG PET scan in case of micrometastases and of metastases in ALN indicated good prognosis.

  13. 18F-FDG PET/CT as a central tool in the shift from chronic Q fever to Coxiella burnetii persistent focalized infection

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    Eldin, Carole; Melenotte, Cléa; Million, Matthieu; Cammilleri, Serge; Sotto, Albert; Elsendoorn, Antoine; Thuny, Franck; Lepidi, Hubert; Roblot, France; Weitten, Thierry; Assaad, Souad; Bouaziz, Anissa; Chapuzet, Claire; Gras, Guillaume; Labussiere, Anne-Sophie; Landais, Cécile; Longuet, Pascale; Masseau, Agathe; Mundler, Olivier; Raoult, Didier

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Because Q fever is mostly diagnosed serologically, localizing a persistent focus of Coxiella burnetii infection can be challenging. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) could be an interesting tool in this context. We performed a retrospective study on patients diagnosed with C burnetii infection, who had undergone 18F-FDG PET/CT between 2009 and 2015. When positive 18F-FDG PET/CT results were obtained, we tried to determine if it changed the previous diagnosis by discovering or confirming a suspected focus of C burnetii infection. One hundred sixty-seven patients benefited from 18F-FDG PET/CT. The most frequent clinical subgroup before 18F-FDG PET/CT was patients with no identified focus of infection, despite high IgG1 serological titers (34%). For 59% (n = 99) of patients, a hypermetabolic focus was identified. For 62 patients (62.6%), the positive 18F-FDG PET/CT allowed the diagnosis to be changed. For 24 of them, (38.7%), a previously unsuspected focus of infection was discovered. Forty-two (42%) positive patients had more than 1 hypermetabolic focus. We observed 21 valvular foci, 34 vascular foci, and a high proportion of osteoarticular localizations (n = 21). We also observed lymphadenitis (n = 27), bone marrow hypermetabolism (n = 11), and 9 pulmonary localizations. We confirmed that18F-FDG PET/CT is a central tool in the diagnosis of C burnetii focalized persistent infection. We proposed new diagnostic scores for 2 main clinical entities identified using 18F-FDG PET/CT: osteoarticular persistent infections and lymphadenitis. PMID:27559944

  14. Perirenal (18)F-FDG Uptake in a Patient with a Pheochromocytoma.

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    Park, Jihyun; Byun, Byung Hyun; Jung, Chang Won; Moon, Hansol; Chang, Kyoung Jin; Lim, Ilhan; Kim, Byung Il; Choi, Chang Woon; Lim, Sang Moo

    2014-09-01

    Increased (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake of brown fat on (18)F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) originating from physiological activation is a common incidental finding and is usually located in the neck, shoulder, and supraclavicular areas. We present a case of an incidental pheochromocytoma showing diffusely increased (18)F-FDG uptake in bilateral perirenal fat tissue as well as supraclavicular and paravertebral fat tissue on (18)F-FDG PET/CT. The patient had no clinical symptoms except hypertension, and a pheochromocytoma was confirmed in a postsurgical specimen. A pheochromocytoma should be considered a cause in cases of increased (18)F-FDG uptake of perirenal brown fat.

  15. Evaluation of Spleen Glucose Metabolism Using (18)F-FDG PET/CT in Patients with Febrile Autoimmune Disease.

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    Ahn, Sung Soo; Hwang, Sang Hyun; Jung, Seung Min; Lee, Sang-Won; Park, Yong-Beom; Yun, Mijin; Song, Jason Jungsik

    2017-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of (18)F-FDG uptake by the spleen in patients with autoimmune disease. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed Severance Hospital's electronic medical records of patients hospitalized for the evaluation of fever who underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT. We found 91 patients with autoimmune diseases and 101 patients with localized infection. (18)F-FDG uptake was assessed by measuring SUV in the spleen and liver. The spleen-to-liver ratio of the SUVmean (SLRmean) was calculated. Clinical and laboratory parameters were collected and evaluated for association with SLRmean In-hospital mortality was defined as all-cause mortality during hospital admission for fever. Results: SLRmean was significantly higher in autoimmune disease than in localized infectious disease (1.28 ± 0.43 vs. 0.91 ± 0.21, P < 0.001). In autoimmune disease, SLRmean was correlated with monocytes, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, albumin, and ferritin. Analysis of receiver-operating-characteristic curves revealed that in comparison with laboratory parameters, SLRmean had the highest performance in differentiating autoimmune from localized infectious disease. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that high SLRmean and low platelets were significantly associated with in-hospital mortality in febrile autoimmune disease. Conclusion: These findings suggest that spleen glucose metabolism is increased in febrile autoimmune disease. Spleen (18)F-FDG uptake may provide information useful in differentiating febrile autoimmune disease from localized infectious disease and predicting clinical outcomes in febrile autoimmune disease. © 2017 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

  16. Fat-constrained 18F-FDG PET reconstruction using Dixon MR imaging and the origin ensemble algorithm

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    Wülker, Christian; Heinzer, Susanne; Börnert, Peter; Renisch, Steffen; Prevrhal, Sven

    2015-03-01

    Combined PET/MR imaging allows to incorporate the high-resolution anatomical information delivered by MRI into the PET reconstruction algorithm for improvement of PET accuracy beyond standard corrections. We used the working hypothesis that glucose uptake in adipose tissue is low. Thus, our aim was to shift 18F-FDG PET signal into image regions with a low fat content. Dixon MR imaging can be used to generate fat-only images via the water/fat chemical shift difference. On the other hand, the Origin Ensemble (OE) algorithm, a novel Markov chain Monte Carlo method, allows to reconstruct PET data without the use of forward- and back projection operations. By adequate modifications to the Markov chain transition kernel, it is possible to include anatomical a priori knowledge into the OE algorithm. In this work, we used the OE algorithm to reconstruct PET data of a modified IEC/NEMA Body Phantom simulating body water/fat composition. Reconstruction was performed 1) natively, 2) informed with the Dixon MR fat image to down-weight 18F-FDG signal in fatty tissue compartments in favor of adjacent regions, and 3) informed with the fat image to up-weight 18F-FDG signal in fatty tissue compartments, for control purposes. Image intensity profiles confirmed the visibly improved contrast and reduced partial volume effect at water/fat interfaces. We observed a 17+/-2% increased SNR of hot lesions surrounded by fat, while image quality was almost completely retained in fat-free image regions. An additional in vivo experiment proved the applicability of the presented technique in practice, and again verified the beneficial impact of fat-constrained OE reconstruction on PET image quality.

  17. Diagnostic value of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT for the follow-up and restaging of soft tissue sarcomas in adults.

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    Kassem, T W; Abdelaziz, O; Emad-Eldin, S

    2017-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of 2-[(18)F] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ((18)FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) in the follow-up of adult patients with soft tissue sarcomas. We prospectively evaluated 37 consecutive patients with known soft tissue sarcoma with (18)F-FDG-PET/CT examination for suspected recurrence of disease. They were 21 men and 16 women with a mean age of 49.6±10.6 (SD) years (range, 34-75years). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and accuracy of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT examination were calculated on a per patient basis. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT showed an overall diagnostic accuracy of 91.8%, sensitivity of 90% and a specificity of 100%. The positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 100 and 70%, respectively. The (18)F-FDG-PET/CT interpretations were correct in 34/37 patients (91.8%). Incorrect interpretations occurred in three patients (8.1%). Reasons for false negative findings were low (18)F-FDG uptake of local recurrence in one patient and low (18)F-FDG uptake of subcentimetric inguinal lymph node metastases. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT has a high diagnostic value in the follow-up of patients with soft tissue sarcoma. Copyright © 2017 Editions françaises de radiologie. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT versus panendoscopy for the detection of synchronous second primary tumors in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Haerle, Stephan K; Strobel, Klaus; Hany, Thomas F; Sidler, Daniel; Stoeckli, Sandro J

    2010-03-01

    This study assesses the additional value of (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography/CT ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) with respect to synchronous primaries in patients undergoing panendoscopy for staging of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. In all, 311 patients underwent both modalities. Cytology, histology, and/or clinical/imaging follow-up served as reference standard. The prevalence of second primary tumors detected by panendoscopy was 4.5%, compared with 6.1% detected by (18)F-FDG-PET/CT. The sensitivity for panendoscopy was 74%, the specificity was 99.7%, the positive predictive value (PPV) was 93%, and the negative predictive value (NPV) was 98%. The sensitivity for (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was 100%, the specificity was 95.7%, the PPV was 59%, and the NPV was 100%. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT is superior to panendoscopy. With a negative (18)F-FDG-PET/CT, the extent of endoscopy can be reduced to the area of the primary tumor. Due to the costs, (18)F-FDG-PET/CT is recommended only in advanced disease to assess potential distant disease. In early-stage cancer, panendoscopy is accurate enough to rule out secondary tumors.

  19. Comparison of brain MRI and 18F-FDG PET in the differential diagnosis of multiple system atrophy from Parkinson's disease.

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    Kwon, Kyum-Yil; Choi, Choong G; Kim, Jae S; Lee, Myoung C; Chung, Sun J

    2007-12-01

    To investigate the diagnostic value of brain magnetic resonance image (MRI) and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET) in the differentiation of multiple system atrophy (MSA) from Parkinson's disease (PD). Thirty-five patients with MSA (23 MSA-P and 12 MSA-C) and 17 patients with PD were included in this study. Overall correct diagnosis rates between clinical and imaging diagnosis among MSA-P, MSA-C, and PD patients were 80% for visual MRI analysis, 88.5% for visual (18)F-FDG PET analysis, and 84.3% for SPM-supported analysis of (18)F-FDG PET. The sensitivity of brain MRI, and visual and SPM analysis of (18)F-FDG PET in differentiating MSA from PD was 72.7%, 90.9%, and 95.5%, respectively, the specificity was 100% for each imaging analysis, the positive predictive value was 100% for each imaging analysis, and the negative predictive value was 60%, 81.8%, and 90%, respectively. Our results suggest that brain MRI and (18)F-FDG PET are diagnostically useful in differentiating MSA (MSA-P and MSA-C) from PD, and indicate that (18)F-FDG PET has a tendency toward higher sensitivity compared to brain MRI, but a larger longitudinal study including pathological data will be required to confirm our findings.

  20. The role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the evaluation of pediatric transplant patients.

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    Yang, Jigang; Zhuang, Hongming

    2015-01-01

    Intensive immunosuppressive regimens effectively reduce acute or chronic rejection in transplant patients, while these regimens can result in long term side-effects such as viral infection, fever, secondary tumor(s) etc. Our aim was to evaluate the role of 18-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) in pediatric transplant patients. Forty one (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans in 18 patients before or after transplantation were analyzed retrospectively. One patient had PET/CT scan prior to transplantation. Seventeen patients had PET/CT scan(s) following transplantation. The PET/CT scan was used to evaluate the therapy response of post transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) in 11 patients, establish the cause of fever of unknown origin (FUO) in 5 patients, and restage in 2 patients. PET/CT scan showed development in 3 PTLD patients, improvement in 4 PTLD patients, development and improvement in 1 PTLD patient, new lesions in 1 PTLD patient, and no lesions in 2 PTLD patients. The scan demonstrated the cause of FUO in 2 patients but did not demonstrate the cause of FUO in 2 patients. The PET/CT was false positive in 1 FUO patient and did not show any new lesion(s) in 2 restaging patients. PET/CT may have an important role in follow-up of pediatric transplant patients. Further investigations with more patients are necessary to assess the validity of our findings.

  1. A standardized [18F]-FDG-PET template for spatial normalization in statistical parametric mapping of dementia.

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    Della Rosa, Pasquale Anthony; Cerami, Chiara; Gallivanone, Francesca; Prestia, Annapaola; Caroli, Anna; Castiglioni, Isabella; Gilardi, Maria Carla; Frisoni, Giovanni; Friston, Karl; Ashburner, John; Perani, Daniela

    2014-10-01

    [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a widely used diagnostic tool that can detect and quantify pathophysiology, as assessed through changes in cerebral glucose metabolism. [18F]-FDG PET scans can be analyzed using voxel-based statistical methods such as Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) that provide statistical maps of brain abnormalities in single patients. In order to perform SPM, a "spatial normalization" of an individual's PET scan is required to match a reference PET template. The PET template currently used for SPM normalization is based on [15O]-H2O images and does not resemble either the specific metabolic features of [18F]-FDG brain scans or the specific morphological characteristics of individual brains affected by neurodegeneration. Thus, our aim was to create a new [18F]-FDG PET aging and dementia-specific template for spatial normalization, based on images derived from both age-matched controls and patients. We hypothesized that this template would increase spatial normalization accuracy and thereby preserve crucial information for research and diagnostic purposes. We investigated the statistical sensitivity and registration accuracy of normalization procedures based on the standard and new template-at the single-subject and group level-independently for subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), probable Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). We found a significant statistical effect of the population-specific FDG template-based normalisation in key anatomical regions for each dementia subtype, suggesting that spatial normalization with the new template provides more accurate estimates of metabolic abnormalities for single-subject and group analysis, and therefore, a more effective diagnostic measure.

  2. A dual tracer (68)Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT pilot study for detection of cardiac sarcoidosis.

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    Gormsen, Lars C; Haraldsen, Ate; Kramer, Stine; Dias, Andre H; Kim, Won Yong; Borghammer, Per

    2016-12-01

    Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is a potentially fatal condition lacking a single test with acceptable diagnostic accuracy. (18)F-FDG PET/CT has emerged as a promising imaging modality, but is challenged by physiological myocardial glucose uptake. An alternative tracer, (68)Ga-DOTANOC, binds to somatostatin receptors on inflammatory cells in sarcoid granulomas. We therefore aimed to conduct a proof-of-concept study using (68)Ga-DOTANOC to diagnose CS. In addition, we compared diagnostic accuracy and inter-observer variability of (68)Ga-DOTANOC vs. (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Nineteen patients (seven female) with suspected CS were prospectively recruited and dual tracer scanned within 7 days. PET images were reviewed by four expert readers for signs of CS and compared to the reference standard (Japanese ministry of Health and Welfare CS criteria). CS was diagnosed in 3/19 patients. By consensus, 11/19 (18)F-FDG scans and 0/19 (68)Ga-DOTANOC scans were rated as inconclusive. The sensitivity of (18)F-FDG PET for diagnosing CS was 33 %, specificity was 88 %, PPV was 33 %, NPV was 88 %, and diagnostic accuracy was 79 %. For (68)Ga-DOTANOC, accuracy was 100 %. Inter-observer agreement was poor for (18)F-FDG PET (Fleiss' combined kappa 0.27, NS) and significantly better for (68)Ga-DOTANOC (Fleiss' combined kappa 0.46, p = 0.001). Despite prolonged pre-scan fasting, a large proportion of (18)F-FDG PET/CT images were rated as inconclusive, resulting in low agreement among reviewers and correspondingly poor diagnostic accuracy. By contrast, (68)Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT had excellent diagnostic accuracy with the caveat that inter-observer variability was still significant. Nevertheless, (68)Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT looks very promising as an alternative CS PET tracer. Current Controlled Trials NCT01729169 .

  3. Quantifying murine bone marrow and blood radiation dose response following (18)F-FDG PET with DNA damage biomarkers.

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    Manning, Grainne; Taylor, Kristina; Finnon, Paul; Lemon, Jennifer A; Boreham, Douglas R; Badie, Christophe

    2014-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to quantify the poorly understood radiation doses to murine bone marrow and blood from whole-body fluorine 18 ((18)F)-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET), by using specific biomarkers and comparing with whole body external low dose exposures. Groups of 3-5 mice were randomly assigned to 10 groups, each receiving either a different activity of (18)F-FDG: 0-37MBq or whole body irradiated with corresponding doses of 0-300mGy X-rays. Blood samples were collected at 24h and at 43h for reticulocyte micronucleus assays and QPCR analysis of gene expression in peripheral blood leukocytes. Blood and bone marrow dose estimates were calculated from injected activities of (18)F-FDG and were based on a recommended ICRP model. Doses to the bone marrow corresponding to 33.43mGy and above for internal (18)F-FDG exposure and to 25mGy and above for external X-ray exposure, showed significant increases in radiation-induced MN-RET formation relative to controls (P<0.05). Regression analysis showed that both types of exposure produced a linear response with linear regression analysis giving R(2) of 0.992 and 0.999 for respectively internal and external exposure. No significant difference between the two data sets was found with a P-value of 0.493. In vivo gene expression dose-responses at 24h for Bbc3 and Cdkn1 were similar for (18)F-FDG and X-ray exposures, with significant modifications occurring for doses over 300mGy for Bbc3 and at the lower dose of 150mGy for Cdkn1a. Both leucocyte gene expression and quantification of MN-RET are highly sensitive biomarkers for reliable estimation of the low doses delivered in vivo to, respectively, blood and bone marrow, following (18)F-FDG PET.

  4. (18)F-FDG PET/CT versus bone scintigraphy in the follow-up of gastric cancer.

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    Sollini, M; Calabrese, L; Zangheri, B; Erba, P A; Gramaglia, A; Gasparini, M

    2016-01-01

    A 53-year-old patient underwent a positron emission tomography/computed tomography with 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) in the suspicious of gastric tumor recurrence (mediastinal and abdominal lymph nodes). PET/CT identified only an area of (18)F-FDGuptake in the twelfth thoracic vertebrae. Unexpectedly, a bone scintigraphy revealed many "hot" spots changing the diagnosis (single metastasis versus plurimetastatic disease) and impacting on patient's management. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  5. “Talc Pleurodesis with intense 18F-FDG activity but no 68Ga-DOTA-TATE activity on PET/CT”

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    Papadakis, Georgios Z.; Millo, Corina; Bagci, Ulas; Patronas, Nicholas J.; Stratakis, Constatntine A.

    2015-01-01

    Talc pleurodesis (TP) is a technique, widely employed in the management of patients with persistent pleural effusions or pneumothoraces not amenable to other treatment options. It is well documented, that talc deposits produce areas of highly increased 18F-FDG uptake, due to talc-induced inflammation. We present a case of a patient with history of TP who was evaluated with both 18F-FDG and 68Ga-DOTA-TATE. The hypermetabolic area seen on 18F-FDG-PET-CT in the region of talc placement, showed no uptake by 68Ga-DOTA-TATE, suggesting the potential role of 68Ga-DOTA-TATE-PET-CT in elucidating 18F-FDG-postitive lesions in patients with history of both neuroendocrine malignancy and TP. PMID:26018715

  6. 18F-FDG PET and PET/CT in diagnosis and treatment monitoring of pyrexia of unknown origin due to tuberculosis with prominent hepatosplenic involvement.

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    Shejul, Yogesh; Chhajed, Prashant N; Basu, Sandip

    2014-09-01

    The potential of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis and treatment response monitoring of fever of unknown origin (resulting from hepatosplenic tuberculosis) is demonstrated in this report. The patient was a 32-y-old woman who had presented to us with a history of pyrexia of unknown origin for the past 2 mo. On investigation, she was found to have hepatic and splenic granulomas, with whole-body (18)F-FDG PET demonstrating abnormal (18)F-FDG-avid foci in the liver and spleen. Ultrasonography-guided liver biopsy was suggestive of granulomatous hepatitis. The patient was clinically nonresponsive to first-line antitubercular drugs, and second-line antitubercular medications were added subsequently in view of clinical nonresponse. The patient responded well to the treatment. The repeated CT scan at 11 mo demonstrated persistence of the splenic granulomas; however, follow-up (18)F-FDG PET/CT at the same time showed resolution of (18)F-FDG-concentrating active disease foci with suggestion of complete metabolic response, commensurate with the patient's clinical improvement.

  7. 18F-FDG PET/CT for Monitoring Treatment Responses to the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Inhibitor Erlotinib

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    Walter, Franziska; Garon, Edward B.; Reckamp, Karen L.; Figlin, Robert; Phelps, Michael E.; Weber, Wolfgang A.; Czernin, Johannes; Allen-Auerbach, Martin S.

    2016-01-01

    Response rates of unselected non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients to the epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor erlotinib are low and range from 10% to 20%. Early response assessments are needed to avoid costs and side effects of inefficient treatments. Here we determined whether early changes in tumor uptake of 18F-FDG can predict progression-free and overall survival in NSCLC patients who are treated with erlotinib. Methods Twenty-two patients (6 men, 16 women; mean age ± SD, 64 ± 13 y) with stage III or stage IV NSCLC who received erlotinib treatment were enrolled prospectively. 18F-FDG PET/CT was performed before the initiation of treatment (n = 22), after 2 wk (n = 22), and after 78 ± 21 d (n = 11). Tumor maximum standardized uptake values were measured for a maximum of 5 lesions for each patient. Tumor responses were classified using modified PET Response Criteria in Solid Tumors (use of maximum standardized uptake values). Median overall survival by Kaplan–Meier analysis was compared between groups using a log-rank test. Results The overall median time to progression was 52 d (95% confidence interval, 47–57 d). The overall median survival time was 131 d (95% confidence interval, 0–351 d). Patients with progressive metabolic disease on early follow-up PET showed a significantly shorter time to progression (47 vs. 119 d; P < 0.001) and overall survival (87 vs. 828 d; P = 0.01) than patients classified as having stable metabolic disease or partial or complete metabolic response. Conclusion These data suggest that 18F-FDG PET/CT performed early after the start of erlotinib treatment can help to identify patients who benefit from this targeted therapy. PMID:22045706

  8. Correlation between (18)F-FDG uptake on PET/CT and prognostic factors in triple-negative breast cancer.

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    Koo, Hye Ryoung; Park, Jeong Seon; Kang, Keon Wook; Han, Wonshik; Park, In Ae; Moon, Woo Kyung

    2015-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a correlation exists between (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake and prognostic factors in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Between January 2009 and December 2013, 103 patients (mean age, 50.6 years) with primary TNBC (mean, 2.6 cm; range, 1.0-6.5 cm) underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT for initial staging. Correlations between maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) on PET/CT and prognostic factors including tumour size, nodal status, histological grade, Ki-67 proliferation index, tumour suppressor p53, and 'basal-like' markers (epidermal growth factor receptor and CK 5/6) were assessed. The mean SUVmax of the 103 tumours was 10.94 ± 5.25 (range: 2-32.8). There was a positive correlation between SUVmax and Ki-67 (Spearman's rho = 0.29, P = 0.003) and tumour size (Spearman's rho = 0.27, P = 0.006), whereas this relationship was not observed in the nodal status, histological grade, p53 status and 'basal-like' phenotypes. In a multivariate regression analysis, Ki-67 (P < 0.001) and tumour size (P = 0.009) were significantly associated with SUVmax in TNBCs. Increased (18)F-FDG uptake on PET/CT was correlated with a high Ki-67 proliferation index and larger tumour size in TNBC. These results suggest a potential role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in identifying TNBC with more aggressive behaviour. • A wide range of FDG uptake reflected heterogeneity of cancer metabolism. • FDG uptake was correlated with the Ki-67 proliferation index in TNBC. • FDG uptake was correlated with tumour size in TNBC. • FDG uptake was not correlated with 'basal-like' phenotype.

  9. Diagnostic accuracy of (18)F-FDG PET/CT compared with that of contrast-enhanced MRI of the breast at 3 T.

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    Magometschnigg, Heinrich F; Baltzer, Pascal A; Fueger, Barbara; Helbich, Thomas H; Karanikas, Georgios; Dubsky, Peter; Rudas, Margaretha; Weber, Michael; Pinker, Katja

    2015-10-01

    To compare the diagnostic accuracy of prone (18)F-FDG PET/CT with that of contrast-enhanced MRI (CE-MRI) at 3 T in suspicious breast lesions. To evaluate the influence of tumour size on diagnostic accuracy and the use of maximum standardized uptake value (SUVMAX) thresholds to differentiate malignant from benign breast lesions. A total of 172 consecutive patients with an imaging abnormality were included in this IRB-approved prospective study. All patients underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT and CE-MRI of the breast at 3 T in the prone position. Two reader teams independently evaluated the likelihood of malignancy as determined by (18)F-FDG PET/CT and CE-MRI independently. (18)F-FDG PET/CT data were qualitatively evaluated by visual interpretation. Quantitative assessment was performed by calculation of SUVMAX. Sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic accuracy, area under the curve and interreader agreement were calculated for all lesions and for lesions <10 mm. Histopathology was used as the standard of reference. There were 132 malignant and 40 benign lesions; 23 lesions (13.4%) were <10 mm. Both (18)F-FDG PET/CT and CE-MRI achieved an overall diagnostic accuracy of 93%. There were no significant differences in sensitivity (p = 0.125), specificity (p = 0.344) or diagnostic accuracy (p = 1). For lesions <10 mm, diagnostic accuracy deteriorated to 91% with both (18)F-FDG PET/CT and CE-MRI. Although no significant difference was found for lesions <10 mm, CE-MRI at 3 T seemed to be more sensitive but less specific than (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Interreader agreement was excellent (κ = 0.85 and κ = 0.92). SUVMAX threshold was not helpful in differentiating benign from malignant lesions. (18)F-FDG PET/CT and CE-MRI at 3 T showed equal diagnostic accuracies in breast cancer diagnosis. For lesions <10 mm, diagnostic accuracy deteriorated, but was equal for (18)F-FDG PET/CT and CE-MRI at 3 T. For lesions <10 mm, CE-MRI at 3 T seemed to be more sensitive but less specific

  10. Metabolic imaging of deep brain stimulation in anorexia nervosa: a 18F-FDG PET/CT study.

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    Zhang, Hui-Wei; Li, Dian-You; Zhao, Jun; Guan, Yi-Hui; Sun, Bo-Min; Zuo, Chuan-Tao

    2013-12-01

    Anorexia nervosa (AN), a disorder of unknown etiology, has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Drawing the brain metabolic pattern of AN may help to target the core biological and psychological features of the disorder and to perfect the diagnosis and recovery criteria. In this study, we used 18F-FDG PET to show brain metabolic network for AN. Glucose metabolism in 6 AN patients and 12 age-matched healthy controls was studied using 18F-FDG PET. SPM2 was used to compare brain metabolism in AN patients with that in healthy controls. Four of 6 AN patients took deep brain stimulation (DBS) targeted in nucleus accumbens (NAcc). About 3 to 6 months after the surgery, the 4 AN patients took another 18F-FDG PET scan to assess the change in brain glucose metabolism. The SPM (statistical parametric mapping ) analysis showed hypermetabolism in the frontal lobe (bilateral, BA10, BA11, BA47), the limbic lobe (bilateral, hippocampus, and amygdala), lentiform nucleus (bilateral), left insula (BA13), and left subcallosal gyrus (BA25). It also showed hypometabolism in the parietal lobe (bilateral, BA7, BA40). The hypermetabolism in frontal lobe, hippocampus, and lentiform nucleus decreased after NAcc-DBS. The changes in brain glucose metabolism illustrated the brain metabolic pattern in AN patients. Furthermore, the pattern can be modulated by NAcc-DBS, which confirmed specificity of the pattern. The regions with altered metabolism could interconnect to form a network and integrate information related to appetite. Our study may provide information for targeting the potential candidate brain regions for understanding the pathophysiology of AN and assessing the effects of existing and future treatment approaches.

  11. PET/CT enterography in Crohn disease: correlation of disease activity on CT enterography with 18F-FDG uptake.

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    Groshar, David; Bernstine, Hanna; Stern, Dorit; Sosna, Jacob; Eligalashvili, Merab; Gurbuz, Evren G; Niv, Yaron; Fraser, Gerald

    2010-07-01

    We combined (18)F-FDG PET and CT enterography in a single examination and compared the level of (18)F-FDG uptake measured by maximal standardized uptake value (SUVmax) with the CT enterography patterns of disease activity found in patients with Crohn disease (CD). Twenty-eight patients (mean age, 37.5 y; 11 male and 17 female) suspected of having active CD underwent PET/CT enterography. Abnormal bowel segments recognized on CT enterography were graded qualitatively for the presence of perienteric fat infiltration, the comb sign, and intramural attenuation and by quantitative measurements of mural enhancement (Hounsfield units) and thickness (mm). Also, for each patient, normal segments of the ileum and colon were noted, and CT enterography measurements of thickness and enhancement were obtained. For segments detected on CT enterography, a volume of interest was placed on the fused (18)F-FDG PET scan, and the SUVmax was obtained. Of the 28 patients with suspected active CD, 22 had 85 abnormal segments and 6 had no abnormal segments. SUVmax was significantly higher in the abnormal segments than in the normal segments (5.0 +/- 2.5 [95% confidence interval, 4.5-5.5] and 2.1 +/- 0.69 [95% confidence interval, 1.9-2.2], respectively; P < 0.0001). A good correlation was found between SUVmax with CT enterography measurements of mural thickness and enhancement (P < 0.00001). There was a significant difference in SUVmax between the 3 levels of disease activity found by intramural attenuation, perienteric fat infiltration, and the comb sign on CT enterography. SUVmax was significantly higher when there were intense CT enterography findings of active disease (P < 0.001). SUVmax assessment may allow an objective, reliable indication of the grade and severity of inflammation activity in abnormal segments of the bowel detected by CT enterography.

  12. The diagnostic value of [18F]-FDG-PET/CT in hematopoietic radiation toxicity: a Tibet minipig model

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    Chen, Chi; Yan, Li-Meng; Guo, Kun-Yuan; Wang, Yu-Jue; Zou, Fei; Gu, Wei-Wang; Tang, Hua; Li, Yan-Ling; Wu, Shao-Jie

    2012-01-01

    This study was undertaken to assess the diagnostic value of 2-[18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography with computed tomography ([18F]-FDG-PET/CT) in the detection of radiation toxicity in normal bone marrow using Tibet minipigs as a model. Eighteen Tibet minipigs were caged in aseptic rooms and randomly divided into six groups. Five groups (n = 3/group) were irradiated with single doses of 2, 5, 8, 11 and 14 Gy of total body irradiation (TBI) using an 8-MV X-ray linear accelerator. These pigs were evaluated with [18F]-FDG-PET/CT, and their marrow nucleated cells were counted. The data were initially collected at 6, 24 and 72 h after treatment and were then collected on Days 5–60 post-TBI at 5-day intervals. At 24 and 72 h post-TBI, marrow standardized uptake value (SUV) data showed a dose-dependent decrease in the radiation dose range from 2–8 Gy. Upon long-term observation, SUV and marrow nucleated cell number in the 11-Gy and 14-Gy groups showed a continuous and marked reduction throughout the entire time course, while Kaplan–Meier curves of survival showed low survival. In contrast, the SUVs in the 2-, 5- and 8-Gy groups showed early transient increases followed by a decline from approximately 72 h through Days 5–15 and then normalized or maintained low levels through the endpoint; marrow nucleated cell number and survival curves showed approximately the same trend and higher survival, respectively. Our findings suggest that [18F]-FDG-PET/CT may be helpful in quickly assessing the absorbed doses and predicting the prognosis in patients. PMID:22843618

  13. 18F-FDG PET imaging in detection of radiation-induced vascular disease in lymphoma survivors

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    Ripa, Rasmus S; Hag, Anne Mette; Knudsen, Andreas; Loft, Annika; Specht, Lena; Kjær, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Radiation therapy (RT) induces vascular changes that increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases in some patients. The objective was to determine if in vivo positron emission tomography (PET) with fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) can identify increased vascular inflammation in patients without changes in vascular intima media thickness (IMT). Patients previously receiving unilateral RT due to lymphoma were prospectively recruited (N=10). The untreated contralateral artery functioned as control. All patients underwent a dedicated vascular PET/CT. Vascular tracer uptake was quantified by drawing regions of interests around the carotid artery or the iliac arteries. The IMT of the carotid arteries was measured using ultrasound. Eight patients (25% male, 42-83 years old) that had received RT involving unilateral carotid arteries and 2 patients (both male, 38 and 58 years old) that had received radiotherapy involving the unilateral iliac artery were included. The patients had completed their RT 2-7 years before. Eight patients showed increased uptake of 18F-FDG in the irradiated side compared to the non-irradiated side, 1 showed no difference, while 1 patient showed highest uptake in the non- irradiated side (P=0.04). Measurement of IMT showed that 4 patients had the highest thickness in the irradiated side, while the other 4 patients had the highest thickness in the non-irradiated side (P=0.8). In conclusion, we found that 18F-FDG PET imaging may be used to detect vascular changes induced by RT. Larger prospective follow-up studies are needed to determine the prognostic value of increased vascular FDG-uptake. PMID:26269778

  14. [Findings of the (18)F-FDG PET-CT in a cardiac angiosarcoma complicated by a cardiac rupture].

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    Santiago-Chinchilla, Alicia; Ruiz-Carazo, Eduardo; Moral-Ruiz, Antonio; Testart Dardel, Nathalie; Martínez-Martínez, Alberto; López-Fernández, Silvia

    2014-01-01

    Primary malignant tumors of the heart are a rare condition. The most common type is the cardiac angiosarcoma. The symptoms of this disease are very nonspecific and can be very difficult to diagnose by conventional imaging techniques. We report the case of a male patient with cardiac angiosarcoma who also had a rare complication, this being cardiac rupture, which required the use of (18)F-FDG PET-CT to demonstrate the mass malignancy and to reach a definitive diagnosis. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  15. Benign hormone-secreting adenoma within a larger adrenocortical mass showing intensely increased activity on (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Papadakis, Georgios Z; Millo, Corina; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2016-10-01

    Adrenal adenomas usually show (18)F-FDG activity less than that of the liver parenchyma. However, lipid-poor and hormone-secreting adenomas have been reported to show mild (18)F-FDG avidity. We report on a 51-year-old female with clinical symptoms of hypercortisolemia and a large right adrenal mass detected on CT. Post-contrast CT images showed an enhancing focus in the lower pole of the mass, with corresponding markedly increased activity on (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Right adrenalectomy was performed and histology revealed a benign adenoma, indicating that functioning benign adenomas can show intensely increased metabolic activity on (18)F-FDG mimicking malignancy.

  16. Assessment of outcomes with delayed 18F-FDG PET-CT response assessment in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

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    Slevin, F; Subesinghe, M; Ramasamy, S; Sen, M; Scarsbrook, A F

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To assess the accuracy of a 4-month post-(chemo)radiotherapy 18-fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)-CT for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Methods: 105 patients who underwent a baseline and response assessment 18F-FDG PET-CT scan between 2008 and April 2013 were identified. 18F-FDG PET-CT outcomes were analysed with reference to clinicopathological outcomes. Results: 79 of 105 (75%) 18F-FDG PET-CT scans demonstrated a complete metabolic response; 19 of 101 (19%) for assessable primary tumours were positive; and 19 of 93 (20%) for patients with nodal disease were equivocal (n = 10) or positive (n = 9). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) for primary and nodal disease were 90%, 89%, 47%, 99% and 91%, 89%, 53% and 99%, respectively. Eight of nine patients with a positive nodal response scan had clinicopathological evidence of residual nodal disease (PPV, 89%). 2 of 10 patients with equivocal nodal responses had clinicopathological evidence of residual nodal disease (PPV, 20%). Conclusion: 18F-FDG PET-CT 4 months post treatment has a very high NPV. A positive 18F-FDG PET-CT has a high PPV for residual nodal disease. By contrast, patients who have an equivocal nodal response have a low PPV. Advances in knowledge: Response assessment 18F-FDG PET-CT is a valuable tool in guiding the selective use of neck dissection following (chemo)radiotherapy for HNSCC. An equivocal lymph node response has a limited predictive value for persistent disease, and optimal management remains a clinical challenge. PMID:26081447

  17. Anxiety in Cancer Patients during (18)F-FDG PET/CT Low Dose: A Comparison of Anxiety Levels before and after Imaging Studies.

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    Grilo, Ana; Vieira, Lina; Carolino, Elisabete; Oliveira, Cátia; Pacheco, Carolina; Castro, Maria; Alonso, Juan

    2017-01-01

    Objective. Assessing the level of anxiety in oncology patients who underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan and identifying the main reasons that generate anxiety. Material and Method. The study included 81 cancer patients submitted to the (18)F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan. Patients filled in the Scan Experience Questionnaire and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) before and after (18)F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan. Results. Substantial levels of anxiety were detected both before and after (18)F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan (STAI mean > 30), with a significant increase in the state of anxiety after scan performance (p < 0.0001, Medianpre = 31.1, and Medianpos = 33.0). (18)F-FDG PET/CT low dose results are the main cause of anxiety both before (79.1%) and after (86.9%) the scan. The information provided by staff both before and on the (18)F-FDG PET/CT low dose day was classified mostly as completely understandable (70.5% and 75.3%, resp.) and as very useful (70.5% and 72.6%, resp.) and correlated positively with patients' overall satisfaction with NM Department (rS = 0.372, p = 0.004 and rS = 0.528, p = 0.000, resp.), but not with anxiety levels. Conclusions. Patients perceive high levels of anxiety during the (18)F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan and the concern with scan results was pointed out as the main factor for that emotional reaction.

  18. Anxiety in Cancer Patients during 18F-FDG PET/CT Low Dose: A Comparison of Anxiety Levels before and after Imaging Studies

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    Vieira, Lina; Carolino, Elisabete; Oliveira, Cátia; Pacheco, Carolina; Castro, Maria; Alonso, Juan

    2017-01-01

    Objective. Assessing the level of anxiety in oncology patients who underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan and identifying the main reasons that generate anxiety. Material and Method. The study included 81 cancer patients submitted to the 18F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan. Patients filled in the Scan Experience Questionnaire and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) before and after 18F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan. Results. Substantial levels of anxiety were detected both before and after 18F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan (STAI mean > 30), with a significant increase in the state of anxiety after scan performance (p < 0.0001, Medianpre = 31.1, and Medianpos = 33.0). 18F-FDG PET/CT low dose results are the main cause of anxiety both before (79.1%) and after (86.9%) the scan. The information provided by staff both before and on the 18F-FDG PET/CT low dose day was classified mostly as completely understandable (70.5% and 75.3%, resp.) and as very useful (70.5% and 72.6%, resp.) and correlated positively with patients' overall satisfaction with NM Department (rS = 0.372, p = 0.004 and rS = 0.528, p = 0.000, resp.), but not with anxiety levels. Conclusions. Patients perceive high levels of anxiety during the 18F-FDG PET/CT low dose scan and the concern with scan results was pointed out as the main factor for that emotional reaction. PMID:28392942

  19. The diagnostic performance and added value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of liver metastases in recurrent colorectal carcinoma patients.

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    Odalovic, Strahinja; Artiko, Vera; Sobic-Saranovic, Dragana; Stojiljkovic, Milica; Petrovic, Milorad; Petrovic, Nebojsa; Kozarevic, Nebojsa; Grozdic-Milojevic, Isidora; Obradovic, Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the value of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) PET/CT in detection of liver metastases in patients with suspected recurrent colorectal carcinoma, as well as to compare diagnostic performance of (18)F-FDG PET/CT with conventional imaging methods (MDCT). This study included 73 patients with resected primary colorectal adenocarcinoma referred for (18)F-FDG PET/CT to the National PET Center, at the Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, from January 2010 to May 2013, with suspicion of recurrence. The patients underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT examination on a 64-slice hybrid PET/CT scanner (Biograph, TruePoint64, Siemens Medical Solutions, Inc. USA). Prior to (18)F-FDG PET/CT all patients underwent contrast-enhanced MDCT. Findings of (18)F-FDG PET/CT and MDCT were compared to findings of subsequent histopathological examinations or with results of clinical and imaging follow-up over at least six months. Final diagnosis of liver metastases of colorectal cancer was made either by histopathological examination of specimen after biopsy or surgery, or based on clinical, laboratory and imaging evaluation during first six months after PET/CT scan. In detection of liver metastases (18)F-FDG PET/CT showed sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy of 83.3%, 95.3%, 92.6%, 89.1% and 90.4%, respectively. In addition, MDCT showed sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy in detection of liver metastases of 60%, 88.4%, 78.3%, 76% and 76.7%, respectively. There was significant difference in sensitivity (83.3% vs 60%; P=0.045) between these two methods. In addition, significant difference was observed in accuracy between PET/CT and MDCT (90.4% vs 76.7%; P=0.016). The higher specificity in visualization of liver metastases was also achieved by (18)F-FDG PET/CT compared to MDCT (95.3% vs 88.4%), but this difference was not significant (P=0.37). (18)F-FDG PET

  20. Reproducibility of 18F-FDG and 3'-deoxy-3'-18F-fluorothymidine PET tumor volume measurements.

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    Hatt, Mathieu; Cheze-Le Rest, Catherine; Aboagye, Eric O; Kenny, Laura M; Rosso, Lula; Turkheimer, Federico E; Albarghach, Nidal M; Metges, Jean-Philippe; Pradier, Olivier; Visvikis, Dimitris

    2010-09-01

    The objective of this study was to establish the repeatability and reproducibility limits of several volume-related PET image-derived indices-namely tumor volume (TV), mean standardized uptake value, total glycolytic volume (TGV), and total proliferative volume (TPV)-relative to those of maximum standardized uptake value (SUV(max)), commonly used in clinical practice. Fixed and adaptive thresholding, fuzzy C-means, and fuzzy locally adaptive Bayesian methodology were considered for TV delineation. Double-baseline (18)F-FDG (17 lesions, 14 esophageal cancer patients) and 3'-deoxy-3'-(18)F-fluorothymidine ((18)F-FLT) (12 lesions, 9 breast cancer patients) PET scans, acquired at a mean interval of 4 d and before any treatment, were used for reproducibility evaluation. The repeatability of each method was evaluated for the same datasets and compared with manual delineation. A negligible variability of less than 5% was measured for all segmentation approaches in comparison to manual delineation (5%-35%). SUV(max) reproducibility levels were similar to others previously reported, with a mean percentage difference of 1.8% +/- 16.7% and -0.9% +/- 14.9% for the (18)F-FDG and (18)F-FLT lesions, respectively. The best TV, TGV, and TPV reproducibility limits ranged from -21% to 31% and -30% to 37% for (18)F-FDG and (18)F-FLT images, respectively, whereas the worst reproducibility limits ranged from -90% to 73% and -68% to 52%, respectively. The reproducibility of estimating TV, mean standardized uptake value, and derived TGV and TPV was found to vary among segmentation algorithms. Some differences between (18)F-FDG and (18)F-FLT scans were observed, mainly because of differences in overall image quality. The smaller reproducibility limits for volume-derived image indices were similar to those for SUV(max), suggesting that the use of appropriate delineation tools should allow the determination of tumor functional volumes in PET images in a repeatable and reproducible fashion.

  1. Diagnostic value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in patients with TENIS syndrome: correlation with thyroglobulin levels.

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    Özdemir, Elif; Yildirim Poyraz, Nilufer; Polat, Sefika Burcak; Turkolmez, Seyda; Ersoy, Reyhan; Cakir, Bekir

    2014-04-01

    The aim of the study was to disclose the place of (18)F-FDG PET/CT to predict recurrent disease in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), negative radioiodine whole-body scan (WBS) and high serum thyroglobulin (Tg). Seventy-one patients who underwent total thyroidectomy followed by radioactive iodine ablation and had negative radioiodine WBS but elevated Tg levels underwent PET/CT. They were followed up for 6-50 months (median 23) for the occurence of recurrent disease as detected by either clinical findings, other imaging modalities or histopathological examination. The place of PET/CT findings at baseline to predict the presence of recurrent disease was evaluated. Correlation between PET/CT findings and Tg levels was examined and a threshold for Tg level above which the predictive value of PET/CT was highest was determined. PET/CT was positive for recurrent disease in 38 (53.5%) patients. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT to predict the occurence of recurrent disease at follow-up were 68.8, 78.3, 86.8, 54.5 and 71.9%, respectively. The sensitivity, accuracy and PPV of PET/CT increased with increasing Tg levels. The highest diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT, with a sensitivity of 76.2% and a specificity of 100% to detect recurrent disease appeared to be at a Tg level greater than 29 ng/mL. Our findings suggest that (18)F-FDG-PET/CT is a valuable tool to predict the occurence of recurrent disease in patients with DTC, negative WBS and elevated Tg levels. PET/CT positivity has been shown to be strongly and positively correlated with Tg levels in this patient subset.

  2. Reduction of (18)F-FDG Dose in Clinical PET/MR Imaging by Using Silicon Photomultiplier Detectors.

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    Sekine, Tetsuro; Delso, Gaspar; Zeimpekis, Konstantinos G; de Galiza Barbosa, Felipe; Ter Voert, Edwin E G W; Huellner, Martin; Veit-Haibach, Patrick

    2017-09-14

    Purpose To determine the level of clinically acceptable reduction in injected fluorine 18 ((18)F) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) dose in time-of-flight (TOF)-positron emission tomography(PET)/magnetic resonance (MR) imaging by using silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) detectors compared with TOF-PET/computed tomography (CT) using Lu1.8Y0.2SiO5(Ce), or LYSO, detectors in patients with different body mass indexes (BMIs). Materials and Methods Patients were enrolled in this study as part of a larger prospective study with a different purpose than evaluated in this study (NCT02316431). All patients gave written informed consent prior to inclusion into the study. In this study, 74 patients with different malignant diseases underwent sequential whole-body TOF-PET/CT and TOF-PET/MR imaging. PET images with simulated reduction of injected (18)F-FDG doses were generated by unlisting the list-mode data from PET/MR imaging. Two readers rated the image quality of whole-body data sets, as well as the image quality in each body compartment, and evaluated the conspicuity of malignant lesions. Results The image quality with 70% or 60% of the injected dose of (18)F-FDG at PET/MR imaging was comparable to that at PET/CT. With 50% of the injected dose, comparable image quality was maintained among patients with a BMI of less than 25 kg/m(2). PET images without TOF reconstruction showed higher artifact scores and deteriorated sharpness than those with TOF reconstruction. Conclusion Sixty percent of the usually injected (18)F-FDG dose (reduction of up to 40%) in patients with a BMI of more than 25 kg/m(2) results in clinically adequate PET image quality in TOF-PET/MR imaging performed by using SiPM detectors. Additionally, in patients with a BMI of less than 25 kg/m(2), 50% of the injected dose may safely be used. (©) RSNA, 2017 Online supplemental material is available for this article.

  3. [Evolution in 18F-FDG-PET of a case of Hodgkin disease, nodular sclerosis variety, after treatment and autotrasplant].

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    Sánchez-Salmón, A; Barandela, J; Garrido, M; Ciobotaru, A B; Albo, C; Ruibal, A

    2007-01-01

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) has become a very useful tool for monitoring Hodgkin's disease patients in the last years. When there is suspicion of disease persistence after treatment, this technique makes it possible to evaluate treatment activity of the residual lesions observed in the CT scan. Furthermore, due to the whole body study, new tumor sites, which very often change the therapeutic option, can be detected. We must take into account, however, that 18F-FDG is a very sensitive but not very specific tumor marker, since some inflammatory or infectious conditions may be associated to significant radiopharmaceutical uptakes. Thus, in order to increase specificity it is mandatory to correlate the PET information with the rest of the conventional imaging and clinical data and evolution of the patient. We present the case of a woman with Hodgkin's disease in which 18F-FDG PET was included in the follow-up. Both conditions, tumor and infection, were present in different times of the course. The integration of all the x-ray, clinical, laboratory and metabolic information allowed for a better and correct management of this patient.

  4. The Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the Evaluation of Gastric Cancer Recurrence

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    Cayvarlı, Hakan; Bekiş, Recep; Akman, Tülay; Altun, Deniz

    2014-01-01

    Objective: F-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) has been widely used for staging, re-staging and for monitoring therapy-induced changes and response to therapy in patients with various types of cancer, but its utilization for gastric cancer has been limited. This study aimed to assess the diagnostic performance of 18F-FDG PET/CT for detecting recurrence in gastric cancer patients with radiologic or clinical suspicion of recurrence and its clinical impact on making decision. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 130 consecutive patients who underwent PET/CT scans for post-treatment surveillance of gastric cancer between January 2008 and March 2012. The mean time between the initial diagnosis of gastric cancer and PET/CT studies was 44 weeks with a median of 18 weeks. The number and site of positive FDG uptake were analyzed and correlated with the final diagnosis by calculating the diagnostic values. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT for detecting the recurrence in terms of whether or not histology had been SRC/musinous adenocarcinoma. The changes in the clinical management of patients were also evaluated according to the results of PET/CT. Results: Of all 130 patients, 91 patients were confirmed to have true recurrence. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and the accuracy of PET/CT for diagnosing true recurrence on a per-person basis were 91.2%, 61.5%, 84.6%, 75.0% and 82.3% respectively. Final diagnoses were confirmed histopathologically in 59 (45.4%) of 130 patients and by clinical and radiological follow-up in the remaining 71 (54.6%) patients. In the subgroup with SRC/mucinous adenocarcinoma differentiation of the primary tumor, there was no statistically significant difference in terms of diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT on a per-person basis. In addition, PET/CT results changed the patients’ management in 20 (15%) cases. Conclusions: 18F-FDG

  5. Prognostic value of bone marrow (18)F-FDG uptake on PET/CT in lymphoma patients with negative bone marrow involvement.

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    Lee, Jeong Won; Lee, Sang Cheol; Kim, Han Jo; Lee, Sang Mi

    2017-01-01

    The study evaluated the significance of 18F fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake of bone marrow (BM) for predicting progression-free survival (PFS) in lymphoma patients without BM involvement. Ninety-five patients with histopathologically proven lymphoma, 7 Hodgkin's lymphoma and 88 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, who underwent (18)F-FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and BM biopsy for staging work-up and 40 normal subjects were retrospectively enrolled. Maximal (18)F-FDG uptake of lymphoma (Lmax), mean (18)F-FDG uptake of BM (BM SUV) and BM-to-liver uptake ratio (BLR) were measured. Prognostic value of BM SUV and BLR for predicting PFS were assessed. Of the 95 patients, 35 (36.8%) were histopathologically or clinically diagnosed with BM involvement of lymphoma. There were significant differences of BLR among lymphoma patients with/without BM involvement and normal subjects (P<0.05). For all patients, high risk indicated by International Prognostic Index (IPI) score and Lmax were significantly associated with PFS on multivariate analysis (P<0.05). For 60 patients without BM involvement, BM SUV and BLR were independent prognostic factors for PFS along with performance status and Lmax (p<0.05). Among patients without BM involvement, high (18)F-FDG uptake of BM was associated with significantly worse PFS than low (18)F-FDG uptake of BM, with no significant difference in PFS apparent compared to patients with BM involvement. In lymphoma patients without BM involvement, (18)F-FDG uptake of BM was significantly associated with worse PFS. Patients with high (18)F-FDG uptake of BM showed similar prognosis to those with BM involvement.

  6. 18F-FDG labeling of mesenchymal stem cells and multipotent adult progenitor cells for PET imaging: effects on ultrastructure and differentiation capacity.

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    Wolfs, Esther; Struys, Tom; Notelaers, Tineke; Roberts, Scott J; Sohni, Abhishek; Bormans, Guy; Van Laere, Koen; Luyten, Frank P; Gheysens, Olivier; Lambrichts, Ivo; Verfaillie, Catherine M; Deroose, Christophe M

    2013-03-01

    Because of their extended differentiation capacity, stem cells have gained great interest in the field of regenerative medicine. For the development of therapeutic strategies, more knowledge on the in vivo fate of these cells has to be acquired. Therefore, stem cells can be labeled with radioactive tracer molecules such as (18)F-FDG, a positron-emitting glucose analog that is taken up and metabolically trapped by the cells. The aim of this study was to optimize the radioactive labeling of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs) in vitro with (18)F-FDG and to investigate the potential radiotoxic effects of this labeling procedure with a range of techniques, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Mouse MSCs and rat MAPCs were used for (18)F-FDG uptake kinetics and tracer retention studies. Cell metabolic activity, proliferation, differentiation and ultrastructural changes after labeling were evaluated using an Alamar Blue reagent, doubling time calculations and quantitative TEM, respectively. Additionally, mice were injected with MSCs and MAPCs prelabeled with (18)F-FDG, and stem cell biodistribution was investigated using small-animal PET. The optimal incubation period for (18)F-FDG uptake was 60 min. Significant early tracer washout was observed, with approximately 30%-40% of the tracer being retained inside the cells 3 h after labeling. Cell viability, proliferation, and differentiation capacity were not severely affected by (18)F-FDG labeling. No major changes at the ultrastructural level, considering mitochondrial length, lysosome size, the number of lysosomes, the number of vacuoles, and the average rough endoplasmic reticulum width, were observed with TEM. Small-animal PET experiments with radiolabeled MAPCs and MSCs injected intravenously in mice showed a predominant accumulation in the lungs and a substantial elution of (18)F-FDG from the cells. MSCs and MAPCs can be successfully labeled with (18)F-FDG for

  7. Effectiveness of Breast MRI and (18)F-FDG PET/CT for the Preoperative Staging of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma versus Ductal Carcinoma.

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    Jung, Na Young; Kim, Sung Hoon; Kim, Sung Hun; Seo, Ye Young; Oh, Jin Kyoung; Choi, Hyun Su; You, Won Jong

    2015-03-01

    We evaluated the utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) for the preoperative staging of invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) of the breast and compared the results with those of invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). The study included pathologically proven 32 ILCs and 73 IDCs. We compared clinical and histopathological characteristics and the diagnostic performances of MRI and (18)F-FDG PET/CT for the primary mass, additional ipsilateral and/or contralateral lesion(s), and axillary lymph node metastasis between the ILC and IDC groups. Primary ILCs were greater in size, but demonstrated lower maximum standardized uptake values than IDCs. All primary masses were detected on MRI. The detection rate for ILCs (75.0%) was lower than that for IDCs (83.6%) on (18)F-FDG PET/CT, but the difference was not significant. For additional ipsilateral lesion(s), the sensitivities and specificities of MRI were 87.5% and 58.3% for ILC and 100.0% and 66.7% for IDC, respectively; whereas the sensitivities and specificities of (18)F-FDG PET/CT were 0% and 91.7% for ILC and 37.5% and 94.7% for IDC, respectively. The sensitivity of (18)F-FDG PET/CT for ipsilateral lesion(s) was significantly lower in the ILC group than the IDC group. The sensitivity for ipsilateral lesion(s) was significantly higher with MRI; however, specificity was higher with (18)F-FDG PET/CT in both tumor groups. There was no significant difference in the diagnostic performance for additional contralateral lesion(s) or axillary lymph node metastasis on MRI or (18)F-FDG PET/CT for ILC versus IDC. The MRI and (18)F-FDG PET/CT detection rates for the primary cancer do not differ between the ILC and IDC groups. Although (18)F-FDG PET/CT demonstrates lower sensitivity for primary and additional ipsilateral lesions, it shows higher specificity for additional ipsilateral lesions, and could play a complementary role in the staging of

  8. Diagnostic Accuracy of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Infective Endocarditis and Implantable Cardiac Electronic Device Infection: A Cross-Sectional Study.

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    Granados, Ulises; Fuster, David; Pericas, Juan M; Llopis, Jaime L; Ninot, Salvador; Quintana, Eduard; Almela, Manel; Paré, Carlos; Tolosana, José M; Falces, Carlos; Moreno, Asuncion; Pons, Francesca; Lomeña, Francisco; Miro, Jose M

    2016-11-01

    Early diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE) is based on the yielding of blood cultures and echocardiographic findings. However, they have limitations and sometimes the diagnosis is inconclusive, particularly in patients with prosthetic valves (PVs) and implantable cardiac electronic devices (ICEDs). The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in patients with suspected IE and ICED infection. A prospective study with 80 consecutive patients with suspected IE and ICED infection (65 men and 15 women with a mean age of 68 ± 13 y) between June 2013 and May 2015 was performed in our hospital. The inclusion criteria were clinically suspected IE and ICED infection at the following locations: native valve (NV) (n = 21), PV (n = 29), or ICED (n = 30) (automatic implantable defibrillator [n = 11] or pacemaker [n = 19]). Whole-body (18)F-FDG PET/CT with a myocardial uptake suppression protocol with unfractionated heparin was performed in all patients. The final diagnosis of infection was established by the IE Study Group according to the clinical, echocardiographic, and microbiologic findings. A final diagnosis of infection was confirmed in 31 patients: NV (n = 6), PV (n = 12), and ICED (n = 13). Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value for (18)F-FDG PET/CT were 82%, 96%, 94%, and 87%, respectively. (18)F-FDG PET/CT was false-negative in all cases with infected NV. (18)F-FDG PET/CT was able to reclassify 63 of 70 (90%) patients initially classified as possible IE by modified Duke criteria. In 18 of 70 cases, (18)F-FDG PET/CT changed possible to definite IE (26%) and in 45 of 70 cases changed possible to rejected IE (64%). Additionally, (18)F-FDG PET/CT identified 8 cases of septic embolism and 3 of colorectal cancer in patients with a final diagnosis of IE. (18)F-FDG PET/CT proved to be a useful diagnostic tool in suspected IE and ICED infection and should be included in the diagnostic

  9. Isolated skeletal muscle metastatic deposit in a patient with micropapillary carcinoma thyroid identified by 18F FDG PET CT.

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    Sarma, Manjit; Sonik, Bhavya; Subramanyam, Padma; Sundaram, Palaniswamy Shanmuga

    2015-03-01

    Micropapillary carcinoma of thyroid is said to be low risk differentiated thyroid malignancy with excellent prognosis. We report the identification of an isolated FDG avid muscle deposit in a treated case of micropapillary carcinoma of the right lobe and widely invasive follicular carcinoma of the left lobe thyroid gland. Patient was found to have an elevated thyroglobulin level with negative iodine scan (TENIS syndrome) on follow up at 6 months. An 18F FDG PET CT (18 fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission computed tomography) whole body study revealed a solitary FDG avid deltoid muscle deposit which was histopathologically confirmed to be metastatic papillary carcinoma. While follicular carcinoma is known to have distant metastases, this may be the first reported case of solitary skeletal metastases from micropapillary carcinoma of thyroid and probably the second reported skeletal muscle deposit from DTC detected on 18F FDG PET CT done following elevated thyroglobulin level and negative 131 iodine WB scan (TENIS). This case also assumes importance because it demonstrates possibility of metastases even from a micropapillary carcinoma in contrast to American Thyroid Association guidelines (2009) which suggests that micropapillary carcinoma of thyroid does not merit further treatment after a Total Thyroidectomy. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Whole-body staging of female patients with recurrent pelvic malignancies: Ultra-fast 18F-FDG PET/MRI compared to 18F-FDG PET/CT and CT

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    Sawicki, Lino Morris; Suntharalingam, Saravanabavaan; Grueneisen, Johannes; Ruhlmann, Verena; Aktas, Bahriye; Deuschl, Cornelius; Herrmann, Ken; Antoch, Gerald; Forsting, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate the diagnostic feasibility of an ultra-fast 18F-FDG PET/MRI protocol, including T2-w and contrast-enhanced T1-w imaging as well as metabolic assessment (PET) in comparison to 18F-FDG PET/CT and CT for whole-body staging of female patients with suspected recurrence of pelvic malignancies. Methods 43 female patients with suspected tumor recurrence were included in this study. Suspicion was based on clinical follow-up and abnormal findings on imaging follow-up. All patients underwent a PET/CT and a subsequent PET/MRI examination. Two readers were asked to evaluate ultra-fast PET/MRI, PET/CT as well as CT datasets of PET/CT separately for suspect lesions regarding lesion count, lesion localization and lesion characterization. Statistical analyses were performed both, on a per-patient and a per-lesion basis. Results Tumor relapse was present in 38 of the 43 patients. Based on CT readings 25/38 tumor relapses were correctly identified. PET/CT enabled correct identification of 37/38 patients, PET/MRI correctly identified 36 of the 38 patients with recurrent cancer. On a lesion-based analysis PET/MRI enabled the correct detection of more lesions, comprising a lesion-based sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and diagnostic accuracy of 50%, 58%, 76%, 31%, and 53% for CT, 97%, 83%, 93%, 94%, and 92% for PET/CT and 98%, 83%, 94%, 94%, and 94% for PET/MRI, respectively. Mean scan duration of ultra-fast PET/MRI, PET/CT and whole-body CT amounted to 18.5 ± 1 minutes, 18.2 ± 1 minutes and 3.5 minutes, respectively. Conclusion Ultra-fast PET/MRI provides equivalent diagnostic performance and examination time when compared to PET/CT and superior diagnostic performance to CT in restaging female patients suspected to have recurrent pelvic cancer. PMID:28225831

  11. Comparison of Whole-Body 18F FDG PET/MR Imaging and Whole-Body 18F FDG PET/CT in Terms of Lesion Detection and Radiation Dose in Patients with Breast Cancer

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    Melsaether, Amy N.; Raad, Roy A.; Pujara, Akshat C.; Ponzo, Fabio D.; Pysarenko, Kristine M.; Jhaveri, Komal; Babb, James S.; Sigmund, Eric E.; Kim, Sungheon G.; Moy, Linda A.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To compare fluorine 18 (18F) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) combined positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with 18F FDG combined PET and computed tomography (CT) in terms of organ-specific metastatic lesion detection and radiation dose in patients with breast cancer. Materials and Methods From July 2012 to October 2013, this institutional review board–approved HIPAA-compliant prospective study included 51 patients with breast cancer (50 women; mean age, 56 years; range, 32–76 years; one man; aged 70 years) who completed PET/MR imaging with diffusion-weighted and contrast material–enhanced sequences after unenhanced PET/CT. Written informed consent for study participation was obtained. Two independent readers for each modality recorded site and number of lesions. Imaging and clinical follow-up, with consensus in two cases, served as the reference standard. Results There were 242 distant metastatic lesions in 30 patients, 18 breast cancers in 17 patients, and 19 positive axillary nodes in eight patients. On a per-patient basis, PET/MR imaging with diffusion-weighted and contrast-enhanced sequences depicted distant (30 of 30 [100%] for readers 1 and 2) and axillary (eight of eight [100%] for reader 1, seven of eight [88%] for reader 2) metastatic disease at rates similar to those of unenhanced PET/CT (distant metastatic disease: 28 of 29 [96%] for readers 3 and 4, P = .50; axillary metastatic disease: seven of eight [88%] for readers 3 and 4, P > .99) and outperformed PET/CT in the detection of breast cancer (17 of 17 [100%] for readers 1 and 2 vs 11 of 17 [65%] for reader 3 and 10 of 17 [59%] for reader 4; P < .001). PET/MR imaging showed increased sensitivity for liver (40 of 40 [100%] for reader 1 and 32 of 40 [80%] for reader 2 vs 30 of 40 [75%] for reader 3 and 28 of 40 [70%] for reader 4; P < .001) and bone (105 of 107 [98%] for reader 1 and 102 of 107 [95%] for reader 2 vs 106 of 107 [99%] for reader 3 and 93 of 107 [87

  12. Patient weight-based acquisition protocols to optimize (18)F-FDG PET/CT image quality.

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    Nagaki, Akio; Onoguchi, Masahisa; Matsutomo, Norikazu

    2011-06-01

    The choice of injected dose of (18)F-FDG and acquisition time is important in obtaining consistently high-quality PET images. The aim of this study was to determine the optimal acquisition protocols based on patient weight for 3-dimensional lutetium oxyorthosilicate PET/CT. This study was a retrospective analysis of 76 patients ranging from 29 to 101 kg who were injected with 228-395.2 MBq of (18)F-FDG for PET imaging. The study population was divided into 4 weight-based groups: less than 45 kg (group 1), 45-59 kg (group 2), 60-74 kg (group 3), and 75 kg or more (group 4). We measured the true coincidence rate, random coincidence rate, noise-equivalent counting rate (NECR), and random fraction and evaluated image quality by the coefficient of variance (COV) in the largest liver slices. The true coincidence rate, random coincidence rate, and NECR significantly increased with increasing injected dose per kilogram (r = 0.91, 0.83, and 0.90; all P < 0.01). NECR maximized at 10.11 MB/kg in underweight patients. The true coincidence rate differed significantly among the 4 groups, except for group 3 versus group 4 (P < 0.01). The ratio of the true coincidence rate for group 2 to groups 3 and 4 was 1.4 and 1.6, respectively. The average random fraction for all 4 groups was approximately 35%. The COV of the 4 groups differed for all pairs (P < 0.01). The COVs in overweight patients were larger than those in underweight patients, and image quality in overweight patients was poor. We modified acquisition protocols for (18)F-FDG PET/CT according to the characteristics of a 3-dimensional lutetium orthosilicate PET scanner and PET image quality based on patient weight. The optimal acquisition time was approximately 1.4-1.6 times longer in overweight patients than in normal-weight patients. Estimation of optimal acquisition times using the true coincidence rate is more important than other variables in improving PET image quality.

  13. Factors affecting bilateral temporal lobe hypometabolism on 18F-FDG PET brain scan in unilateral medial temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Tepmongkol, Supatporn; Srikijvilaikul, Teeradej; Vasavid, Pataramon

    2013-11-01

    Bilateral temporal lobe hypometabolism (BTH) on (18)F-FDG PET brain scan is frequently seen in unilateral medial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE). This study aimed to identify the factors that influence BTH in patients with mTLE in order to minimize the significant factor(s) prior to performing a FDG-PET brain scan. Forty patients with unilateral mTLE who underwent (18)F-FDG PET scan for presurgical epilepsy workup were included. Bilateral temporal lobe hypometabolism of the anterior and medial parts of the temporal lobe was identified by a semiquantitative visual scale. Lateralization of TLE was identified by either intracranial EEG (22/40 cases) and/or improvement of seizure 2 years after temporal lobectomy (37/40 cases). The factors analyzed included basic demographic characteristics (age, sex, occupation, years of education, and handedness), history related to seizure (age at epilepsy onset and epilepsy duration, history of febrile seizure and head injury, frequency of seizure with impaired cognition in the last 3 months, presence of secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizure, automatism side, presence of postictal confusion, and side of MRI temporal abnormality), information during video-EEG monitoring (clinical lateralization, interictal scalp EEG lateralization (interictal epileptiform discharge), and ictal scalp EEG lateralization), and information during the FDG-PET study (duration from the last seizure (≤2 days or >2 days), last seizure type, and the presence of slow waves or sharp waves during the FDG uptake period). Significant factors related to BTH were analyzed using multivariate analysis. Only the ≤2-day duration from the last seizure to the PET scan shows a significant effect (p=0.021) on BTH finding with 15 times greater incidence compared to a duration >2 days. Bilateral temporal lobe hypometabolism, which causes conflict in lateralizing the epileptogenic zone in temporal lobe epilepsy, can be avoided by performing PET scan more than 2 days

  14. Quantitative assessment of brown adipose tissue metabolic activity and volume using 18F-FDG PET/CT and β3-adrenergic receptor activation

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    2011-01-01

    Background Brown adipose tissue [BAT] metabolism in vivo is vital for the development of novel strategies in combating obesity and diabetes. Currently, BAT is activated at low temperatures and measured using 2-deoxy-2-18F-fluoro-D-glucose [18F-FDG] positron-emission tomography [PET]. We report the use of β3-adrenergic receptor-mediated activation of BAT at ambient temperatures using (R, R)-5-[2-[2,3-(3-chlorphenyl)-2-hydroxyethyl-amino]propyl]-1,3-benzodioxole-2,2-dicarboxylate, disodium salt [CL316,243] (a selective β3-adrenoceptor agonist) and measured by 18F-FDG PET/computed tomography [CT]. Methods Control and CL316,243-treated (2 mg/kg) male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered with 18F-FDG for PET/CT studies and were compared to animals at cold temperatures. Receptor-blocking experiments were carried out using propranolol (5 mg/kg). Dose effects of CL316,243 were studied by injecting 0.1 to 1 mg/kg 30 min prior to 18F-FDG administration. Imaging results were confirmed by autoradiography, and histology was done to confirm BAT activation. Results CL316,243-activated interscapular BAT [IBAT], cervical, periaortic, and intercostal BATs were clearly visualized by PET. 18F-FDG uptake of IBAT was increased 12-fold by CL316,243 vs. 1.1-fold by cold exposure when compared to controls. 18F-FDG uptake of the CL-activated IBAT was reduced by 96.0% using intraperitoneal administration of propranolol. Average 18F-FDG uptake of IBAT increased 3.6-, 3.5-, and 7.6-fold by doses of 0.1, 0.5, and 1 mg/kg CL, respectively. Ex vivo 18F-FDG autoradiography and histology of transverse sections of IBAT confirmed intense uptake in the CL-activated group and activated IBAT visualized by PET. Conclusion Our study indicated that BAT metabolic activity could be evaluated by 18F-FDG PET using CL316,243 at ambient temperature in the rodent model. This provides a feasible and reliable method to study BAT metabolism. PMID:22214183

  15. Assessment of intratumor hypoxia by integrated 18F-FDG PET / perfusion CT in a liver tumor model

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    Wang, Yong; Stewart, Errol; Desjardins, Lise; Hadway, Jennifer; Morrison, Laura; Crukley, Cathie

    2017-01-01

    Objectives Hypoxia in solid tumors occurs when metabolic demands in tumor cells surpass the delivery of oxygenated blood. We hypothesize that the 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) metabolism and tumor blood flow mismatch would correlate with tumor hypoxia. Methods Liver perfusion computed tomography (CT) and 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) imaging were performed in twelve rabbit livers implanted with VX2 carcinoma. Under CT guidance, a fiber optic probe was inserted into the tumor to measure the partial pressure of oxygen (pO2). Tumor blood flow (BF) and standardized uptake value (SUV) were measured to calculate flow-metabolism ratio (FMR). Tumor hypoxia was further identified using pimonidazole immunohistochemical staining. Pearson correlation analysis was performed to determine the correlation between the imaging parameters and pO2 and pimonidazole staining. Results Weak correlations were found between blood volume (BV) and pO2 level (r = 0.425, P = 0.004), SUV and pO2 (r = -0.394, P = 0.007), FMR and pimonidazole staining score (r = -0.388, P = 0.031). However, there was stronger correlation between tumor FMR and pO2 level (r = 0.557, P < 0.001). Conclusions FMR correlated with tumor oxygenation and pimonidazole staining suggesting it may be a potential hypoxic imaging marker in liver tumor. PMID:28264009

  16. 18F-FDG PET/CT and PET/MRI Perform Equally Well in Cancer: Evidence from Studies on More Than 2,300 Patients

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    Spick, Claudio; Herrmann, Ken; Czernin, Johannes

    2016-01-01

    18F-FDG PET/CT has become the reference standard in oncologic imaging against which the performance of other imaging modalities is measured. The promise of PET/MRI includes multiparametric imaging to further improve diagnosis and phenotyping of cancer. Rather than focusing on these capabilities, many investigators have examined whether 18F-FDG PET combined with mostly anatomic MRI improves cancer staging and restaging. After a description of PET/MRI scanner designs and a discussion of technical and operational issues, we review the available literature to determine whether cancer assessments are improved with PET/MRI. The available data show that PET/MRI is feasible and performs as well as PET/CT in most types of cancer. Diagnostic advantages may be achievable in prostate cancer and in bone metastases, whereas disadvantages exist in lung nodule assessments. We conclude that 18F-FDG PET/MRI and PET/CT provide comparable diagnostic information when MRI is used simply to provide the anatomic framework. Thus, PET/MRI could be used in lieu of PET/CT if this approach becomes economically viable and if reasonable workflows can be established. Future studies should explore the multiparametric potential of MRI. PMID:26742709

  17. Differentiation and diagnosis of benign and malignant testicular lesions using 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Shao, Dan; Gao, Qiang; Tian, Xu-Wei; Wang, Si-Yun; Liang, Chang-Hong; Wang, Shu-Xia

    2017-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the differential diagnostic value of (18)F-fluorodeoxy glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) for benign and malignant testicular lesions. The PET/CT scans of 53 patients with testicular lesions confirmed by biopsy or surgical pathology were retrospectively analyzed. There were 32 cases of malignant tumors and 21 cases of benign lesions. Differences in the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) measurements and the SUVmax lesion/background ratios between benign and malignant lesions were analyzed. The diagnostic value of this PET/CT modality for the differential diagnosis of benign versus malignant testicular lesions was calculated. The differences in the SUVmax measurements and the SUVmax lesion/background ratios between benign and malignant lesions were statistically significant (SUVmax: Z=-4.295, p=0.000; SUVmax lesion/background ratio: Z=-5.219, p=0.000); specifically, both of these indicators were higher in malignant lesions compared to benign lesions. An SUVmax of 3.75 was the optimal cutoff value to differentiate between benign and malignant testicular lesions. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of this PET/CT modality in the differential diagnosis of benign versus malignant testicular lesions were 90.6%, 80.9%, 86.8%, 87.9%, and 85.0%, respectively. (18)F-FDG PET/CT can accurately identify benign and malignant testicular lesions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Utility of 18 F-FDG PET/CT scan to diagnose the etiology of fever of unknown origin in patients on dialysis.

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    Tek Chand, Kalawat; Chennu, Krishna Kishore; Amancharla Yadagiri, Lakshmi; Manthri Gupta, Ranadheer; Rapur, Ram; Vishnubotla, Siva Kumar

    2017-04-01

    Studies on fever of unknown origin (FUO) in patients of chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease patients on dialysis were not many. In this study, we used 18 F-FDG PET/CT scan whole body survey for detection of hidden infection, in patients on dialysis, labelled as FUO. In this retrospective study, 20 patients of end stage renal disease on dialysis were investigated for the cause of FUO using 18F-FDG PET/CT scan. All these patients satisfied the definition of FUO as defined by Petersdorf and Beeson. Any focal abnormal site of increased FDG concentration detected by PET/CT, either a solitary or multiple lesions was documented and at least one of the detected abnormal sites of radio tracer concentration was further examined for histopathology. All patients were on renal replacement therapy. Of these, 18 were on hemodialysis and two were on peritoneal dialysis. 18F-FDG PET/CT scan showed metabolically active lesions in 15 patients and metabolically quiescent in five patients. After 18F-FDG PET/CT scan all, but one patient had a change in treatment for fever. Anti-tuberculous treatment was given in 15 patients, antibiotics in four patients and anti-malaria treatment in one patient. The present study is first study of 18F-FDG PET/CT scan in patients of end stage renal disease on dialysis with FUO. The study showed that the 18 F FDG PET/CT scan may present an opportunity to attain the diagnosis in end stage renal disease patients on dialysis with FUO. © 2016 International Society for Hemodialysis.

  19. [18F-FDG PET/CT diagnosis of liver cyst infection in a patient with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease and fever of unknown origin].

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    Banzo, J; Ubieto, M A; Gil, D; Prats, E; Razola, P; Tardín, L; Andrés, A; Rambalde, E F; Ayala, S M; Cáncer, L; Velilla, J

    2013-01-01

    The diagnosis, localization and treatment of infected cysts in the kidney or liver of patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) remain a clinical challenge. We report the findings of (18)F-FDG PET-CT in an ADPKD diagnosed patient who required renal transplantation five years before and in his follow up presented repeated episodes of bacteriemia without known focus on radiological tests performed. The (18)F-FDG PET-CT scan showed numerous hypermetabolic images with focal or ring-shaped morphology related to the content and the wall of some hepatic cysts. The increased metabolic activity was localized on segments VI and VII. We proceeded to drainage of one cyst in segment VI, removing 110 cc of purulent fluid which grew E. Coli BLEE. The (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan should be included in the diagnostic algorithm for detecting infected liver cysts in patients with ADPKD and fever of unknown origin.

  20. Cerebrospinal fluid lactate levels and brain [18F]FDG PET hypometabolism within the default mode network in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Liguori, Claudio; Chiaravalloti, Agostino; Sancesario, Giuseppe; Stefani, Alessandro; Sancesario, Giulia Maria; Mercuri, Nicola Biagio; Schillaci, Orazio; Pierantozzi, Mariangela

    2016-10-01

    It has been suggested that neuronal energy metabolism may be involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this view, the finding of increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) lactate levels in AD patients has been considered the result of energetic metabolism dysfunction. Here, we investigated the relationship between neuronal energy metabolism, as measured via CSF lactate levels, and cerebral glucose metabolism, as stated at the 2-deoxy-2-(18F)fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography ([18F]FDG PET) in AD patients. AD patients underwent lumbar puncture to measure CSF lactate levels and [18F]FDG PET to assess brain glucose metabolism. CSF and PET data were compared to controls. Since patients were studied at rest, we specifically investigated brain areas active in rest-condition owing to the Default Mode Network (DMN). We correlated the CSF lactate concentrations with the [18F]FDG PET data in brain areas owing to the DMN, using sex, age, disease duration, Mini Mental State Examination, and CSF levels of tau proteins and beta-amyloid as covariates. AD patients (n = 32) showed a significant increase of CSF lactate levels compared to Control 1 group (n = 28). They also showed brain glucose hypometabolism in the DMN areas compared to Control 2 group (n = 30). Within the AD group we found the significant correlation between increased CSF lactate levels and glucose hypometabolism in Broadman areas (BA) owing to left medial prefrontal cortex (BA10, mPFC), left orbitofrontal cortex (BA11, OFC), and left parahippocampal gyrus (BA 35, PHG). We found high CSF levels of lactate and glucose hypometabolism within the DMN in AD patients. Moreover, we found a relationship linking the increased CSF lactate and the reduced glucose consumption in the left mPFC, OFC and PHG, owing to the anterior hub of DMN. These findings could suggest that neural glucose hypometabolism may affect the DMN efficiency in AD, also proposing the possible role of damaged brain energetic machine in

  1. IgG4-Related Tubulointerstitial Nephritis Pattern in 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Bélissant, Ophélie; Guernou, Mohamed; Rouvier, Philippe; Compain, Caroline; Bonardel, Gérald

    2015-10-01

    A 17-year-old adolescent girl was admitted with chronic arthralgia, Raynaud phenomenon, pericarditis, and evidences of chronic diffuse inflammation. F-FDG PET/CT scan was performed to search systemic vasculitis and showed diffuse moderate uptake in the kidneys. We suggested the existence of a nephritis, but the ultrasonography result was normal, and no treatment was introduced. Another F-FDG PET/CT scan was performed 7 months later to explore abdominal pain. It showed again diffuse intense uptake in both kidneys. A proteinuria was highlighted, and renal biopsy allowed to diagnose IgG4-related disease.

  2. Can (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan change treatment planning and be prognostic in recurrent colorectal carcinoma? A prospective and follow-up study.

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    Artiko, Vera; Odalovic, Strahinja; Sobic-Saranovic, Dragana; Petrovic, Milorad; Stojiljkovic, Milica; Petrovic, Nebojsa; Kozarevic, Nebojsa; Grozdic-Milojevic, Isidora; Obradovic, Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    To prospectively study whether in patients with resected primary colorectal cancer fluorine- 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) examination could diagnose the stage, specify treatment procedure and be prognostic. This prospective study included 75 patients with resected primary colorectal adenocarcinoma referred for (18)F-FDG PET/CT to the National PET Center, at the Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, from January 2010 to May 2013. Findings of (18)F-FDG PET/CT were compared to findings of subsequent histopathological examinations or with results of clinical and imaging follow-up. Patients were followed after PET/CT examination for a mean follow-up time of 16.7±5.9 months. In the detection of recurrent disease (18)F-FDG PET/CT showed overall sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy of 96.6%, 82.4%, 94.9%, 87.5% and 93.3%, respectively. In the detection of stages I and II sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of (18)F-FDG PET/CT were: 88%, 96.6% and 94.7%, respectively, and in the detection of stages III and IV sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 94.9%, 87.5% and 93.3%, respectively. These findings prevented or changed intended surgical treatment in 12/32 cases. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional regression analyses revealed that metastatic recurrence (stages III and IV) was the only and independent prognostic factor of disease progression during follow-up (P=0.012 and P=0.023, respectively). Although, survival seemed better in patients with local recurrence compared to metastatic recurrent disease, this difference did not reach significance (Log-rank test; P=0.324). In addition, progression-free survival time was significantly longer in patients in whom (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan led to treatment changes (Log-rank test; P=0.037). (18)F-FDG PET/CT was sensitive and accurate for the detection and staging of local and metastatic recurrent colorectal carcinoma, with higher specificity in the

  3. Effect of CRP value on (18)F-FDG PET vascular positivity in Takayasu arteritis: a systematic review and per-patient based meta-analysis.

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    Gomez, Léa; Chaumet-Riffaud, Philippe; Noel, Nicolas; Lambotte, Olivier; Goujard, Cécile; Durand, Emmanuel; Besson, Florent L

    2017-08-30

    The aim of this study was to quantify the association between the CRP value and (18)F-FDG PET vascular positivity in Takayasu arteritis (TAK) through a structured dedicated systematic review and meta-analysis. From January 2000 to December 2016, the PubMed/MEDLINE database was searched for articles specifically dealing with the assessment of vascular inflammation using (18)F-FDG PET and CRP biomarkers in TAK. Inclusion criteria for the qualitative analysis were (1) (18)F-FDG PET used to assess the disease activity, (2) The use of the ACR criteria for the diagnosis of TAK, (3) No case mixed vasculitis (i.e., no giant cell arteritis), and (4) CRP concentration and clinical disease activity available. For the meta-analysis, PET-positive and PET-negative subgroups with the corresponding CRP concentrations were generated based on per patient data. The standard mean difference, which represents the effect of the CRP concentrations on the (18)F-FDG PET vascular uptake, was computed for all studies, and then the results were pooled together. Among the 33 initial citations, nine complete articles including 210 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Five studies found a significant correlation between the (18)F-FDG PET and CRP concentration, one provided a trend towards association and three did not find any association between the two biomarkers. Six studies found a significant association between (18)F-FDG PET and clinical disease activity, one found a trend towards association and the last two studies did not evaluate this correlation. The meta-analysis (121 patients) provided the following results: Standard Mean Deviation = 0.54 [0.15;0.92]; Chi(2) = 3.35; I(2) = 0%; Test for overall effect: Z = 2.70 (P = 0.007). The CRP concentration only moderately reflects the (18)F-FDG PET vascular positivity in TAK, suggesting dissociated information. Standardized longitudinal prospective studies are necessary to assess the value of (18)F-FDG PET as an independent

  4. Summary of the UPICT Protocol for 18F-FDG PET/CT Imaging in Oncology Clinical Trials.

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    Graham, Michael M; Wahl, Richard L; Hoffman, John M; Yap, Jeffrey T; Sunderland, John J; Boellaard, Ronald; Perlman, Eric S; Kinahan, Paul E; Christian, Paul E; Hoekstra, Otto S; Dorfman, Gary S

    2015-06-01

    The Uniform Protocols for Imaging in Clinical Trials (UPICT) (18)F-FDG PET/CT protocol is intended to guide the performance of whole-body FDG PET/CT studies within the context of single- and multiple-center clinical trials of oncologic therapies by providing acceptable (minimum), target, and ideal standards for all phases of imaging. The aim is to minimize variability in intra- and intersubject, intra- and interplatform, interexamination, and interinstitutional primary or derived data. The goal of this condensed version of the much larger document is to make readers aware of the general content and subject area. The document has several main subjects: context of the imaging protocol within the clinical trial; site selection, qualification, and training; subject scheduling; subject preparation; imaging-related substance preparation and administration; imaging procedure; image postprocessing; image analysis; image interpretation; archiving and distribution of data; quality control; and imaging-associated risks and risk management.

  5. Summary of the UPICT Protocol for 18F-FDG PET/CT Imaging in Oncology Clinical Trials

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    Graham, Michael M.; Wahl, Richard L.; Hoffman, John M.; Yap, Jeffrey T.; Sunderland, John J.; Boellaard, Ronald; Perlman, Eric S.; Kinahan, Paul E.; Christian, Paul E.; Hoekstra, Otto S.; Dorfman, Gary S.

    2015-01-01

    The Uniform Protocols for Imaging in Clinical Trials (UPICT) 18F-FDG PET/CT protocol is intended to guide the performance of whole-body FDG PET/CT studies within the context of single- and multiple-center clinical trials of oncologic therapies by providing acceptable (minimum), target, and ideal standards for all phases of imaging. The aim is to minimize variability in intra- and intersubject, intra- and inter-platform, interexamination, and interinstitutional primary or derived data. The goal of this condensed version of the much larger document is to make readers aware of the general content and subject area. The document has several main subjects: context of the imaging protocol within the clinical trial; site selection, qualification, and training; subject scheduling; subject preparation; imaging-related substance preparation and administration; imaging procedure; image postprocessing; image analysis; image interpretation; archiving and distribution of data; quality control; and imaging-associated risks and risk management. PMID:25883122

  6. Role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the evaluation of response to antibiotic therapy in patients affected by infectious spondylodiscitis.

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    Niccoli Asabella, Artor; Iuele, Francesca; Simone, Francesco; Fanelli, Margherita; Lavelli, Valentina; Ferrari, Cristina; Di Palo, Alessandra; Notaristefano, Antonio; Merenda, Nunzio Clemente; Rubini, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Spondylodiscitis is characterized by infection involving the intervertebral disc and adjacent vertebrae. It can occur anywhere in the vertebral column but more commonly involves lumbar spine. Our aim was to evaluate the usefulness of (18)F-FDG PET/CT to detect the early response to antibiotic therapy in patients affected by infectious spondylodiscitis and to compare the role of (18)F-FDG PET/CT and MRI in post-treatment evaluation. 15 patients (12M, 3F), with mean age 65±13 years old, with typical clinical symptoms of Infectious Spondylodiscitis (pain, fever and increase of inflammatory indexes) and confirmed by blood culture or vertebral biopsy underwent within three day-interval a (18)F-FDG PET/CT and Magnetic Resonance (MR) at "baseline" and after antibiotic therapy. Semiquantitative parameters at (18)F-FDG PET/CT "baseline" SUVmax1, MTV1 and TLG1 and after therapy SUVmax2, MTV2 and TLG2 of involved vertebrae were calculated. Follow-up period of at least three months was available for all patients. T-student test for paired groups was performed to compare baseline and after therapy (18)F-FDG PET/CT semiquantitative parameters. According to (18)F-FDG PET/CT parameters all patients showed a response to antibiotic therapy. All patients were positive at "baseline" MRI of the spine, while at follow-up, 7/15 patients showed MR signs of infection and were considered "positive" and 8/15 showed resolution of infectious condition and, therefore they were considered "negative". A statistical significant difference between (18)F-FDG PET/CT "baseline" and after antibiotic therapy was found for all semiquantitative parameters: SUVmax (t=5.8, P=0.01); MTV (t=5.17, P=0.001); TLG (t=5,26, P=0,001). The comparison between the "baseline" and "after treatment" (18)F-FDG semiquantitative parameters showed a significant reduction of all parameters. This reduction was relevant also in patients with positive post-treatment MRI. This can be probably related to the tissue remodeling in

  7. Quantitative assessment of atherosclerotic plaques on (18)F-FDG PET/MRI: comparison with a PET/CT hybrid system.

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    Li, Xiang; Heber, Daniel; Rausch, Ivo; Beitzke, Dietrich; Mayerhoefer, Marius E; Rasul, Sazan; Kreissl, Michael; Mitthauser, Markus; Wadsak, Wolfgang; Hartenbach, Markus; Haug, Alexander; Zhang, Xiaoli; Loewe, Christian; Beyer, Thomas; Hacker, Marcus

    2016-07-01

    PET with (18)F-FDG has the potential to assess vascular macrophage metabolism. (18)F-FDG is most often used in combination with contrast-enhanced CT to localize increased metabolism to specific arterial lesions. Novel (18)F-FDG PET/MRI hybrid imaging shows high potential for the combined evaluation of atherosclerotic plaques, due to the superior morphological conspicuity of plaque lesions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and accuracy of (18)F-FDG PET/MRI uptake quantification compared to PET/CT as a reference standard in patients with carotid atherosclerotic plaques. The study group comprised 34 consecutive oncological patients with carotid plaques who underwent both PET/CT and PET/MRI with (18)F-FDG on the same day. The presence of atherosclerotic plaques was confirmed by 3 T MRI scans. Maximum standardized uptake values (SUVmax) for carotid plaque lesions and the average SUV of the blood pool within the adjacent internal jugular vein were determined and target-to-blood ratios (TBRs, plaque to blood pool) were calculated. Atherosclerotic lesions with maximum colocalized focal FDG uptake were assessed in each patient. SUVmax values of carotid plaque lesions were significantly lower on PET/MRI than on PET/CT (2.3 ± 0.6 vs. 3.1 ± 0.6; P < 0.01), but were significantly correlated between PET/CT and PET/MRI (Spearman's r = 0.67, P < 0.01). In contrast, TBRmax values of plaque lesions were similar on PET/MRI and on PET/CT (2.2 ± 0.3 vs. 2.2 ± 0.3; P = 0.4), and again were significantly correlated between PET/MRI and PET/CT (Spearman's r = 0.73, P < 0.01). Considering the increasing trend in SUVmax and TBRmax values from early to delayed imaging time-points on PET/CT and PET/MRI, respectively, with continuous clearance of radioactivity from the blood, a slight underestimation of TBRmax values may also be expected with PET/MRI compared with PET/CT. SUVmax and TBRmax values are widely accepted reference

  8. Prognostic value of 18F-FDG PET-CT-based functional parameters in patients with soft tissue sarcoma

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    Chen, Linyan; Wu, Xin; Ma, Xuelei; Guo, Linghong; Zhu, Chenjing; Li, Qingfang

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Background: Considering the clinical importance of high 5-year mortality, we performed a meta-analysis of maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) from 18F-FDG PET-CT for overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with soft tissue sarcoma. Methods: The search and selection of eligible articles was conducted on PubMed and EMBASE. We applied hazard ratio (HR) and odd ratio (OR) to measure the correlation between SUVmax, MTV, and TLG with PFS and OS. The SUVmax was analyzed through subgroup in terms of histological grade and HR of posttreatment SUVmax was also assessed. Results: Eleven studies with 582 patients were included. The pooled HRs of pretreatment SUVmax were 2.40 (95% CI: 1.38–4.17) for OS and 2.20 (95% CI: 1.47–3.30) for PFS. The HRs in terms of OS were 3.20 (95% CI: 1.71–5.98) based on MTV and 5.20 (95% CI: 2.34–11.56) based on TLG. Meanwhile, the predict results of pretreatment SUVmax on OR remained significant and the HRs of posttreatment SUVmax were 2.25 (95% CI: 1.33–3.80) for OS and 2.87 (95% CI: 1.81–4.55) for PFS. Conclusions: The pretreatment SUVmax, MTV, and TLG of 18F-FDG PET-CT showed significant prognostic value for OS and the PET-CT can be used in identifying high-risk patients about progression and survival. The analysis for posttreatment SUVmax suggested PET-CT as a promising equipment in monitoring therapy response. PMID:28178131

  9. Different Prognostic Implications of 18F-FDG PET Between Histological Subtypes in Patients With Cervical Cancer

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    Rahman, Tasmiah; Tsujikawa, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Makoto; Chino, Yoko; Shinagawa, Akiko; Kurokawa, Tetsuji; Tsuchida, Tatsuro; Kimura, Hirohiko; Yoshida, Yoshio; Okazawa, Hidehiko

    2016-01-01

    Abstract This study aimed to investigate whether the predictive values of intensity- and volume-based PET parameters are different between histological subtypes in patients with cervical cancer. Ninety patients, 65 with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and 25 with non-SCC (NSCC), who underwent pretreatment 18F-FDG PET/CT and pelvic MRI, were studied retrospectively. In addition to SUVmax and SUVmean, metabolic-tumor-volume (MTV) was determined by thresholding of 40% SUVmax and total-lesion-glycolysis (TLG) was calculated. Clinical factors and PET metabolic indices were compared between SCC and NSCC. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were estimated using the Kaplan–Meier method with cut-offs determined by ROC analyses to stratify SCC and NSCC patients separately. Factors associated with survival were assessed with univariate and multivariate analyses using the Cox regression model. No significant differences were observed in clinical factors other than tumor size or 18F-FDG PET metabolic indices between SCC and NSCC. The Kaplan–Meier estimates of 2-year PFS and OS rates were 60% and 70% for SCC and 40% and 76% for NSCC, respectively. Multivariate analyses showed that MTV and TLG were the independent prognostic factors for PFS and OS in SCC; in contrast, SUVmax was the independent prognostic factor for PFS and OS in NSCC. Metabolic burden (MTV and TLG) could be beneficial for the prognostic prediction of cervical SCC patients; in contrast, metabolic intensity (SUVmax) could be beneficial for the prognostic prediction of NSCC patients. The different prognostic implications might be based on the differences of tissue integrity and histological heterogeneity between SCC and NSCC. PMID:26945427

  10. Prediction of response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in osteosarcoma using dual-phase (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Byun, Byung Hyun; Kim, Sung Hoon; Lim, Sang Moo; Lim, Ilhan; Kong, Chang-Bae; Song, Won Seok; Cho, Wan Hyeong; Jeon, Dae-Geun; Lee, Soo-Yong; Koh, Jae-Soo; Chung, Soo Kyo

    2015-07-01

    We evaluated the ability of dual-phase (18)F-FDG PET/CT to predict the histological response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) in osteosarcoma. Thirty-one patients with osteosarcoma treated with NAC and surgery were prospectively enrolled. After injection of (18)F-FDG, both early (~60 min) and delayed (~150 min) PET were acquired before and after the completion of NAC. SUVmax, early/delayed SUVmax change (RImax), and early/delayed SUVmean change (RImean) of tumour were measured before (SUV1, RImax1, and RImean1) and after NAC (SUV2, RImax2, and RImean2). Then, we calculated the percentage changes between SUV1 and SUV2 (%SUV). Twelve patients (39%) exhibited good histological response after NAC. SUVmax, RImax, and RImean significantly decreased after NAC. Before NAC, only RImean1 predicted good histological response with the optimal criterion of < 10%, sensitivity of 92%, specificity of 57%, and accuracy of 71%. After NAC, %SUV, SUV2, and RImax2 predicted histological response. By using combined criterion of %SUV and RImax2 or SUV2 and RImean1 or SUV2 and RImax2, accuracies were 81%, 77%, and 77%, respectively. The histological response after NAC could be predicted by using RImean1 before the initiation of NAC in osteosarcoma. The combined use of SUV and RI values may provide a better prediction. • Pretreatment dual-phase FDG-PET was useful to predict histological response in osteosarcoma. • A combination of early and delayed PET may increase the predictive value. • Early/delayed SUV change of tumours significantly decreased after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

  11. Value of (18) F-FDG PET/MRI for the outcome of CT-guided facet block therapy in cervical facet syndrome: initial results.

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    Sawicki, Lino M; Schaarschmidt, Benedikt M; Heusch, Philipp; Buchbender, Christian; Rosenbaum-Krumme, Sandra; Umutlu, Lale; Eicker, Sven O; Bockisch, Andreas; Antoch, Gerald; Floeth, Frank W

    2017-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of (18) F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging ((18) F-FDG PET/MRI) to detect PET-positive cervical facet arthropathy and identify patients who benefit from facet block therapy. Ten patients with cervical facet syndrome (mean age: 65 ± 12 years) underwent (18) F-FDG PET/MRI of the neck. Focal (18) F-FDG uptake in PET-positive facet joints served as target for computed tomography (CT)-guided facet blocks. In PET-negative patients, the target joint for facet block therapy was selected by current clinical standards considering the level of maximum facet arthrosis and pain. Neck pain was measured on visual analogue scale (VAS) before and after therapy. Bone marrow signal intensity (SI) ratio on turbo inversion recovery magnitude (TIRM) images and maximum standard uptake values (SUVmax) was calculated for each facet joint. Pearson's correlation coefficient (r) was calculated between bone marrow SI ratios on TIRM and SUVmax. (18) F-FDG PET/MRI detected PET-positive facet arthropathy in six patients. Patients with PET-positive facet arthropathy had significantly less pain compared with the pretreatment pain 3 h (P = 0.002), 4 weeks (P = 0.002) and 3 months (P = 0.026) after facet block therapy. Pain did not change significantly in patients with PET-negative facet arthropathy. TIRM SI ratio was higher in PET-positive facet arthropathy than in PET-negative facet arthropathy (P < 0.001). Correlation was strong between bone marrow SI ratio on TIRM images and SUVmax (r = 0.7; P < 0.001). (18) F-FDG PET/MRI can detect PET-positive cervical facet arthropathy and help to identify patients benefitting from facet block therapy. Bone marrow TIRM SI ratio might be a surrogate for PET-positive facet arthropathy. © 2016 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

  12. Comparison of prone versus supine 18F-FDG-PET of locally advanced breast cancer: Phantom and preliminary clinical studies

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    Williams, Jason M.; Rani, Sudheer D.; Li, Xia; Arlinghaus, Lori R.; Lee, Tzu-Cheng; MacDonald, Lawrence R.; Partridge, Savannah C.; Kang, Hakmook; Whisenant, Jennifer G.; Abramson, Richard G.; Linden, Hannah M.; Kinahan, Paul E.; Yankeelov, Thomas E.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Previous studies have demonstrated how imaging of the breast with patients lying prone using a supportive positioning device markedly facilitates longitudinal and/or multimodal image registration. In this contribution, the authors’ primary objective was to determine if there are differences in the standardized uptake value (SUV) derived from [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in breast tumors imaged in the standard supine position and in the prone position using a specialized positioning device. Methods: A custom positioning device was constructed to allow for breast scanning in the prone position. Rigid and nonrigid phantom studies evaluated differences in prone and supine PET. Clinical studies comprised 18F-FDG-PET of 34 patients with locally advanced breast cancer imaged in the prone position (with the custom support) followed by imaging in the supine position (without the support). Mean and maximum values (SUVpeak and SUVmax, respectively) were obtained from tumor regions-of-interest for both positions. Prone and supine SUV were linearly corrected to account for the differences in 18F-FDG uptake time. Correlation, Bland–Altman, and nonparametric analyses were performed on uptake time-corrected and uncorrected data. Results: SUV from the rigid PET breast phantom imaged in the prone position with the support device was 1.9% lower than without the support device. In the nonrigid PET breast phantom, prone SUV with the support device was 5.0% lower than supine SUV without the support device. In patients, the median (range) difference in uptake time between prone and supine scans was 16.4 min (13.4–30.9 min), which was significantly—but not completely—reduced by the linear correction method. SUVpeak and SUVmax from prone versus supine scans were highly correlated, with concordance correlation coefficients of 0.91 and 0.90, respectively. Prone SUVpeak and SUVmax were significantly lower than supine in both original

  13. Comparison of prone versus supine 18F-FDG-PET of locally advanced breast cancer: Phantom and preliminary clinical studies

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    Williams, Jason M.; Rani, Sudheer D.; Li, Xia; Whisenant, Jennifer G.; Abramson, Richard G.; Arlinghaus, Lori R.; Lee, Tzu-Cheng; MacDonald, Lawrence R.; Partridge, Savannah C.; Kang, Hakmook; Linden, Hannah M.; Kinahan, Paul E.; Yankeelov, Thomas E.

    2015-07-15

    Purpose: Previous studies have demonstrated how imaging of the breast with patients lying prone using a supportive positioning device markedly facilitates longitudinal and/or multimodal image registration. In this contribution, the authors’ primary objective was to determine if there are differences in the standardized uptake value (SUV) derived from [{sup 18}F]fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in breast tumors imaged in the standard supine position and in the prone position using a specialized positioning device. Methods: A custom positioning device was constructed to allow for breast scanning in the prone position. Rigid and nonrigid phantom studies evaluated differences in prone and supine PET. Clinical studies comprised 18F-FDG-PET of 34 patients with locally advanced breast cancer imaged in the prone position (with the custom support) followed by imaging in the supine position (without the support). Mean and maximum values (SUV{sub peak} and SUV{sub max}, respectively) were obtained from tumor regions-of-interest for both positions. Prone and supine SUV were linearly corrected to account for the differences in 18F-FDG uptake time. Correlation, Bland–Altman, and nonparametric analyses were performed on uptake time-corrected and uncorrected data. Results: SUV from the rigid PET breast phantom imaged in the prone position with the support device was 1.9% lower than without the support device. In the nonrigid PET breast phantom, prone SUV with the support device was 5.0% lower than supine SUV without the support device. In patients, the median (range) difference in uptake time between prone and supine scans was 16.4 min (13.4–30.9 min), which was significantly—but not completely—reduced by the linear correction method. SUV{sub peak} and SUV{sub max} from prone versus supine scans were highly correlated, with concordance correlation coefficients of 0.91 and 0.90, respectively. Prone SUV{sub peak} and SUV{sub max} were

  14. Comparison of prone versus supine 18F-FDG-PET of locally advanced breast cancer: Phantom and preliminary clinical studies.

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    Williams, Jason M; Rani, Sudheer D; Li, Xia; Arlinghaus, Lori R; Lee, Tzu-Cheng; MacDonald, Lawrence R; Partridge, Savannah C; Kang, Hakmook; Whisenant, Jennifer G; Abramson, Richard G; Linden, Hannah M; Kinahan, Paul E; Yankeelov, Thomas E

    2015-07-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated how imaging of the breast with patients lying prone using a supportive positioning device markedly facilitates longitudinal and/or multimodal image registration. In this contribution, the authors' primary objective was to determine if there are differences in the standardized uptake value (SUV) derived from [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in breast tumors imaged in the standard supine position and in the prone position using a specialized positioning device. A custom positioning device was constructed to allow for breast scanning in the prone position. Rigid and nonrigid phantom studies evaluated differences in prone and supine PET. Clinical studies comprised 18F-FDG-PET of 34 patients with locally advanced breast cancer imaged in the prone position (with the custom support) followed by imaging in the supine position (without the support). Mean and maximum values (SUVpeak and SUVmax, respectively) were obtained from tumor regions-of-interest for both positions. Prone and supine SUV were linearly corrected to account for the differences in 18F-FDG uptake time. Correlation, Bland-Altman, and nonparametric analyses were performed on uptake time-corrected and uncorrected data. SUV from the rigid PET breast phantom imaged in the prone position with the support device was 1.9% lower than without the support device. In the nonrigid PET breast phantom, prone SUV with the support device was 5.0% lower than supine SUV without the support device. In patients, the median (range) difference in uptake time between prone and supine scans was 16.4 min (13.4-30.9 min), which was significantly-but not completely-reduced by the linear correction method. SUVpeak and SUVmax from prone versus supine scans were highly correlated, with concordance correlation coefficients of 0.91 and 0.90, respectively. Prone SUVpeak and SUVmax were significantly lower than supine in both original and uptake time-adjusted data

  15. Assessment of the extension of pressure ulcers into soft tissue and osteomyelitis diagnosis using (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Garcia, J R; Soler, M; Bassa, P; Minoves, M; Riera, E

    The precise assessment of pressure ulcer extension in patients with neurological diseases has crucial therapeutic implications, especially in the early detection of fistula to interior structures and osteomyelitis. Two case reports are presented on patients with a similar ischial ulcer, in whom an (18)F-FDG PET/CT study enabled a precise assessment of infectious complications in underlying tissues. These cases support the implementation of (18)F-FDG PET/CT as a first-line technique in their management. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  16. The influence of tumor oxygenation on 18F-FDG (Fluorine-18 Deoxyglucose) uptake: A mouse study using positron emission tomography (PET)

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    Chan, Linda W; Hapdey, Sebastien; English, Sean; Seidel, Jurgen; Carson, Joann; Sowers, Anastasia L; Krishna, Murali C; Green, Michael V; Mitchell, James B; Bacharach, Stephen L

    2006-01-01

    Background This study investigated whether changing a tumor's oxygenation would alter tumor metabolism, and thus uptake of 18F-FDG (fluorine-18 deoxyglucose), a marker for glucose metabolism using positron emission tomography (PET). Results Tumor-bearing mice (squamous cell carcinoma) maintained at 37°C were studied while breathing either normal air or carbogen (95% O2, 5% CO2), known to significantly oxygenate tumors. Tumor activity was measured within an automatically determined volume of interest (VOI). Activity was corrected for the arterial input function as estimated from image and blood-derived data. Tumor FDG uptake was initially evaluated for tumor-bearing animals breathing only air (2 animals) or only carbogen (2 animals). Subsequently, 5 animals were studied using two sequential 18F-FDG injections administered to the same tumor-bearing mouse, 60 min apart; the first injection on one gas (air or carbogen) and the second on the other gas. When examining the entire tumor VOI, there was no significant difference of 18F-FDG uptake between mice breathing either air or carbogen (i.e. air/carbogen ratio near unity). However, when only the highest 18F-FDG uptake regions of the tumor were considered (small VOIs), there was a modest (21%), but significant increase in the air/carbogen ratio suggesting that in these potentially most hypoxic regions of the tumor, 18F-FDG uptake and hence glucose metabolism, may be reduced by increasing tumor oxygenation. Conclusion Tumor 18F-FDG uptake may be reduced by increases in tumor oxygenation and thus may provide a means to further enhance 18F-FDG functional imaging. PMID:16722588

  17. Prognostic impact of 18F-FDG uptake on PET in non-small cell lung cancer patients with postoperative recurrence following platinum-based chemotherapy.

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    Kaira, Kyoichi; Yamamoto, Nobuyuki; Kenmotsu, Hirotsugu; Murakami, Haruyasu; Ono, Akira; Naito, Tateaki; Endo, Masahiro; Takahashi, Toshiaki

    2014-03-01

    Whether fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake within tumor cells differs between primary and recurrent lung cancers is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of (18)F-FDG uptake by comparing that measured preoperatively at the primary site to that measured postoperatively at sites of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) recurrence. Only patients with postoperative recurrences who received platinum-based chemotherapy as the initial treatment after recurrence were included in the study. Fifty-two patients underwent (18)F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) examinations before thoracotomy and at the time of recurrence after curative surgery. All recurrences were treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. (18)F-FDG uptake in the preoperative primary tumors was significantly higher than that in the recurrent tumors (p=0.028), demonstrating a statistically significant correlation (Pearson's correlation coefficient γ=0.482, p<0.001), especially in adenocarcinoma (AC) patients. Low (18)F-FDG avidity within the primary tumor significantly correlated with the presence of epidermal growth receptor factor (EGFR) mutations. (18)F-FDG uptake in the primary tumors was an independent prognostic factor for predicting outcome in NSCLC patients receiving platinum-based chemotherapy for the treatment of postoperative recurrence. In NSCLC patients treated by chemotherapy for recurrence, preoperative measurements of (18)F-FDG uptake may be a more powerful surrogate marker for predicting outcome when measured preoperatively at the primary tumor site rather than postoperatively at sites of recurrence. © 2013 Published by The Japanese Respiratory Society on behalf of The Japanese Respiratory Society.

  18. 68Ga-DOTATOC PET/CT in Patients with Iodine- and 18F-FDG-Negative Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma and Elevated Serum Thyroglobulin.

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    Binse, Ina; Poeppel, Thorsten D; Ruhlmann, Marcus; Ezziddin, Samer; Görges, Rainer; Sabet, Amir; Beiderwellen, Karsten; Bockisch, Andreas; Rosenbaum-Krumme, Sandra J

    2016-10-01

    This study evaluated the impact of (68)Ga-DOTATOC PET/CT in detecting recurrence or metastases in differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) patients with elevated serum thyroglobulin and both negative radioiodine imaging and negative (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

  19. [Value of [18F]-FDG-PET/CT as a predictor of cancer in solitary pulmonary nodule].

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    Martins, Rafael de Castro; Almeida, Sérgio Altino de; Siciliano, Antônio Alexandre de Oliveira; Landesmann, Maria Carolina Pinheiro Pessoa; Silva, Fabrício Braga da; Franco, Carlos Alberto de Barros; Fonseca, Lea Mirian Barbosa da

    2008-07-01

    To determine the diagnostic accuracy of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) using fluorine-18-deoxyglucose ([18F]-FDG) for the evaluation of a solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN). Prospective analysis of 53 consecutive patients submitted to PET/CT between March 2005 and May 2007 for the evaluation of an SPN. Of those, 32 met the criteria for inclusion in the present study. The lesions were evaluated for location, size, radiotracer uptake and maximum standardized uptake value (SUV). The FDG-PET/TC results were correlated with other predictors of malignance (age, gender, smoking status, nodule size and nodule location). The definitive diagnosis was established through histopathology or through clinical/radiological follow-up for at least one year. Fourteen malignant SPNs were found. Through analysis of the ROC curve, we established an SUV of 2.5 as the most appropriate cut-off point, since it correctly identified 13 of the 14 malignant SPNs. The results below that point revealed one false positive for neoplasia out of a total of 14. The semiquantitative method presented a sensitivity of 92.9%, specificity of 72.2%, positive predictive value of 72.2%, negative predictive value of 92.9% and accuracy of 81.2%. The multivariate analysis showed a statistically significant association with SPN malignancy only for nodule location in the upper lobes (p = 0.048) and SUV (p = 0.07). The results obtained suggest that the SUV of [18F]-FDG is a useful predictor of neoplasia in SPN, with a high negative predictive value, which allows malignancy to be safely ruled out, showing its relevance in the diagnostic approach to pulmonary nodules.

  20. Diagnostic Value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT Versus MRI in the Setting of Antibody-Specific Autoimmune Encephalitis.

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    Solnes, Lilja B; Jones, Krystyna M; Rowe, Steven P; Pattanayak, Puskar; Nalluri, Abhinav; Venkatesan, Arun; Probasco, John C; Javadi, Mehrbod S

    2017-08-01

    Diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis presents some challenges in the clinical setting because of varied clinical presentations and delay in obtaining antibody panel results. We examined the role of neuroimaging in the setting of autoimmune encephalitides, comparing the utility of (18)F-FDG PET/CT versus conventional brain imaging with MRI. Methods: A retrospective study was performed assessing the positivity rate of MRI versus (18)F-FDG PET/CT during the initial workup of 23 patients proven to have antibody-positive autoimmune encephalitis. (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies were analyzed both qualitatively and semiquantitatively. Areas of cortical lobar hypo (hyper)-metabolism in the cerebrum that were 2 SDx from the mean were recorded as abnormal. Results: On visual inspection, all patients were identified as having an abnormal pattern of (18)F-FDG uptake. In semiquantitative analysis, at least 1 region of interest with metabolic change was identified in 22 of 23 (95.6%) patients using a discriminating z score of 2. Overall, (18)F-FDG PET/CT was more often abnormal during the diagnostic period than MRI (10/23, 43% of patients). The predominant finding on brain (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging was lobar hypometabolism, being observed in 21 of 23 (91.3%) patients. Hypometabolism was most commonly observed in the parietal lobe followed by the occipital lobe. An entire subset of antibody-positive patients, anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (5 patients), had normal MRI results and abnormal (18)F-FDG PET/CT findings whereas the other subsets demonstrated a greater heterogeneity. Conclusion: Brain (18)F-FDG PET/CT may play a significant role in the initial evaluation of patients with clinically suspected antibody-mediated autoimmune encephalitis. Given that it is more often abnormal when compared with MRI in the acute setting, this molecular imaging technique may be better positioned as an early biomarker of disease so that treatment may be initiated earlier, resulting in improved

  1. Prospective Validation of 18F-FDG Brain PET Discriminant Analysis Methods in the Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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    Van Weehaeghe, Donatienne; Ceccarini, Jenny; Delva, Aline; Robberecht, Wim; Van Damme, Philip; Van Laere, Koen

    2016-08-01

    An objective biomarker for early identification and accurate differential diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is lacking. (18)F-FDG PET brain imaging with advanced statistical analysis may provide a tool to facilitate this. The objective of this work was to validate volume-of-interest (VOI) and voxel-based (using a support vector machine [SVM] approach) (18)F-FDG PET analysis methods to differentiate ALS from controls in an independent prospective large cohort, using a priori-derived classifiers. Furthermore, the prognostic value of (18)F-FDG PET was evaluated. A prospective cohort of patients with a suspected diagnosis of a motor neuron disorder (n = 119; mean age ± SD, 61 ± 12 y; 81 men and 38 women) was recruited. One hundred five patients were diagnosed with ALS (mean age ± SD, 61.0 ± 12 y; 74 men and 31 women) (group 2), 10 patients with primary lateral sclerosis (mean age ± SD, 55.5 ± 12 y; 3 men and 7 women), and 4 patients with progressive muscular atrophy (mean age ± SD, 59.2 ± 5 y; 4 men). The mean disease duration of all patients was 15.0 ± 13.4 mo at diagnosis, with PET conducted 15.2 ± 13.3 mo after the first symptoms. Data were compared with a previously gathered dataset of 20 screened healthy subjects (mean age ± SD, 62.4 ± 6.4 y; 12 men and 8 women) and 70 ALS patients (mean age ± SD, 62.2 ± 12.5 y; 44 men and 26 women) (group 1). Data were spatially normalized and analyzed on a VOI basis (statistical software (using the Hammers atlas) and voxel basis using statistical parametric mapping. Discriminant analysis and SVM were used to classify new cases based on the classifiers derived from group 1. Compared with controls, ALS patients showed a nearly identical pattern of hypo- and hypermetabolism in groups 1 and 2. VOI-based discriminant analysis resulted in an 88.8% accuracy in predicting the new ALS cases. For the SVM approach, this accuracy was 100%. Brain metabolism between ALS and primary lateral sclerosis patients was

  2. Direct comparison of (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC and (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the follow-up of patients with neuroendocrine tumour treated with the first full peptide receptor radionuclide therapy cycle.

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    Nilica, Bernhard; Waitz, Dietmar; Stevanovic, Vlado; Uprimny, Christian; Kendler, Dorota; Buxbaum, Sabine; Warwitz, Boris; Gerardo, Llanos; Henninger, Benjamin; Virgolini, Irene; Rodrigues, Margarida

    2016-08-01

    To determine the value of (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC and (18)F-FDG PET/CT for initial and follow-up evaluation of patients with neuroendocrine tumour (NET) treated with peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT). We evaluated 66 patients who had histologically proven NET and underwent both PRRT and three combined (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC and (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies. (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET/CT was performed before PRRT, 3 months after completion of PRRT and after a further 6 - 9 months. (18)F-FDG PET/CT was done within 2 months of (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET/CT. Follow-up ranged from 11.8 to 80.0 months (mean 34.5 months). All patients were (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET-positive initially and at follow-up after the first full PRRT cycle. Overall, 62 of the 198 (18)F-FDG PET studies (31 %) were true-positive in 38 of the 66 patients (58 %). Of the 66 patients, 28 (5 grade 1, 23 grade 2) were (18)F-FDG-negative initially and during follow-up (group 1), 24 (5 grade 1, 13 grade 2, 6 grade 3) were (18)F-FDG-positive initially and during follow-up (group 2), 9 patients (2 grade 1, 6 grade 2, 1 grade 3) were (18)F-FDG-negative initially but (18)F-FDG-positive during follow-up (group 3), and 5 patients (all grade 2) were (18)F-FDG-positive initially but (18)F-FDG-negative during follow-up (group 4).(18)F-FDG PET showed more and/or larger metastases than (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET in five patients of group 2 and four patients of group 3, all with progressive disease. In three patients with progressive disease who died during follow-up tumour SUVmax increased by 41 - 82 % from the first to the last follow-up investigation. In NET patients, the presence of (18)F-FDG-positive tumours correlates strongly with a higher risk of progression. Initially, patients with (18)F-FDG-negative NET may show (18)F-FDG-positive tumours during follow-up. Also patients with grade 1 and grade 2 NET may have (18)F-FDG-positive tumours. Therefore, (18)F-FDG PET/CT is a complementary tool to (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET/CT with clinical

  3. Lymph Node Metastasis from Tall-Cell Thyroid Cancer Negative on 18F-FDG PET/CT and Detected by 18F-Choline PET/CT.

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    Piccardo, Arnoldo; Massollo, Michela; Bandelloni, Roberto; Arlandini, Anselmo; Foppiani, Luca

    2015-08-01

    A 77-year-old woman underwent thyroidectomy and (131)I remnant ablation for tall-cell differentiated cancer (DTC) of the left lobe. Detectable Tg levels (4.1 μg/L) under TSH suppression, with undetectable serum Tg-antibody levels, prompted neck ultrasonography, which revealed a lymph node in the left laterocervical region and in the right retroclavicular region. (18)F-FDG PET/CT showed uptake by the left lymph node. (18)F-choline PET/CT showed increased uptake by both lymph nodes. Histopathology revealed DTC solid metastasis in the left lymph node and solid and cystic metastasis in the right one. (18)F-choline PET/CT can locate virulent DTC recurrence, thereby increasing (18)F-FDG PET/CT information.

  4. (18)F-fluoride PET imaging in a nude rat model of bone metastasis from breast cancer: Comparison with (18)F-FDG and bioluminescence imaging.

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    Kang, Won Jun; Song, Eun Hye; Park, Jun Young; Park, Young Jin; Cho, Arthur; Song, Ho-Taek

    2015-09-01

    Clinically-relevant animal models and appropriate imaging diagnostic tools are essential to study cancer and develop novel therapeutics. We evaluated a model of bone metastasis in nude rats by micro-PET and bioluminescence imaging. A bone metastasis model was produced by intracardiac injection of osteotropic MDA-MB-231Bo-Luc human breast cancer cells into nude rats. Bioluminescence imaging and micro-PET scans using (18)F-FDG and (18)F-fluoride were acquired serially for 5 weeks. We correlated bioluminescence imaging, (18)F-FDG and (18)F-fluoride PET images, and histological slides. Multiple bone metastases were successfully evaluated by bioluminescence imaging and (18)F-FDG and (18)F-fluoride PET scans. Bioluminescence photon flux increased exponentially on weekly follow-up. (18)F-FDG PET revealed increased FDG uptake at the spine and bilaterally in the hind legs in week 2 images, and showed a progressive pattern up to 4 weeks that correlated with bioluminescence imaging. (18)F-fluoride PET showed minimal abnormal findings in week 2 images, but it showed an irregular pattern at the spine from week 3 or 4 images. On quantitative analysis with standardized uptake values, a pattern of gradual increase was observed from week 2 to week 4 in both (18)F-FDG PET and fluoride PET. Histopathological examination confirmed the formation of osteolytic metastasis and necrosis of the distal femur, which appeared as a photon defect on PET scans. Developing bone metastasis from breast cancer in a nude rat model was successfully evaluated with an animal PET imaging system and bioluminescence imaging. This nude rat model of bone metastasis, which can be evaluated by PET imaging, may be a valuable tool for evaluating early responses to novel therapeutics. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Gastric cancer bone metastases together with osteopoikilosis diagnosed using bone scintigraphy and (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Prado Wohlwend, S; Sánchez Vaño, R; Sopena Novales, P; Uruburu García, E; Aparisi Rodríguez, F; Martínez Carsí, C

    The coexistence of different bone diseases in the same patient involves a complex differential diagnosis. A patient is presented who was studied due to a renal mass that showed many sclerotic lesions in spine and limbs in conventional radiology and CT. These lesions were evaluated with (99m)TC-HDP bone scintigraphy and (18)F-FDG PET/CT, which helped to obtain the definitive pathological diagnosis of osteopoikilosis (OP) co-existing with gastric cancer bone metastases. Of the different imaging scans performed, bone scintigraphy was particularly relevant due to its ability to discriminate between benign and metastatic bone disease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  6. 18F-FDG PET/CT diagnosis of vagus nerve neurolymphomatosis.

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    Tsang, Hailey Hoi Ching; Lee, Elaine Yuen Phin; Anthony, Marina-Portia; Khong, Pek-Lan

    2012-09-01

    A 62-year-old woman was in remission from previously treated stage IV diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with cranial involvement. She presented with new-onset hoarseness of voice and choking; MRI of the brain showed disease recurrence in the left cavernous sinus. She was subsequently referred for F-FDG PET/CT with contrast for further evaluation of lymphomatous recurrence. F-FDG PET/CT not only revealed hypermetabolic activity in the left cavernous sinus correlating to the MRI findings but also showed an interesting manifestation explaining the patient's hoarseness of voice, being neurolymphomatosis along the left vagus nerve.

  7. Can Interim 18F-FDG PET or Diffusion-Weighted MRI Predict End-of-Treatment Outcome in FDG-Avid MALT Lymphoma After Rituximab-Based Therapy?: A Preliminary Study in 15 Patients.

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    Mayerhoefer, Marius E; Karanikas, Georgios; Kletter, Kurt; Kiesewetter, Barbara; Weber, Michael; Rausch, Ivo; Pones, Matthias; Simonitsch-Klupp, Ingrid; Müllauer, Leonhard; Dolak, Werner; Lukas, Julius; Raderer, Markus

    2016-11-01

    To determine whether interim F-FDG PET or interim diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) can predict the end-of-treatment (EOT) outcome after immunotherapy in patients with FDG-avid extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). Patients with untreated MALT lymphoma prospectively underwent whole-body F-FDG PET/CT and DWI before treatment (baseline), and after three cycles (interim) of rituximab-based immunotherapy. Maximum and mean standardized uptake values (SUVmax, SUVmean), and minimum and mean apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCmin, ADCmean), were measured for up to three target lesions per patient. Rates of change between baseline and interim examinations (ΔSUVmax, ΔSUVmean, ΔADCmin, and ΔADCmean) were compared, using ANOVAs, between the four end-of-treatment (EOT, after six cycles of immunotherapy) outcomes: complete remission (CR), partial remission (PR), stable disease (SD), or progressive disease (PD). Fifteen patients with 25 lesions were included. Lesion-based post hoc tests showed significant differences between CR and PR for ΔSUVmax (P < 0.001), ΔSUVmean (P < 0.001), and ΔADCmin (P = 0.044), and between CR and SD for ΔSUVmax (P < 0.001), ΔSUVmean (P < 0.001), ΔADCmin (P = 0.021), and ΔADCmean (P = 0.022). No lesion showed PD at EOT. Both quantitative interim F-FDG PET and interim DWI may possibly be useful to predict complete remission at end-of-treatment in MALT lymphoma patients after immunotherapy.

  8. Quantification of cerebral glucose metabolic rate in mice using 18F-FDG and small-animal PET.

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    Yu, Amy S; Lin, Hong-Dun; Huang, Sung-Cheng; Phelps, Michael E; Wu, Hsiao-Ming

    2009-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate various methods for estimating the metabolic rate of glucose utilization in the mouse brain (cMR(glc)) using small-animal PET and reliable blood curves derived by a microfluidic blood sampler. Typical values of (18)F-FDG rate constants of normal mouse cerebral cortex were estimated and used for cMR(glc) calculations. The feasibility of using the image-derived liver time-activity curve as a surrogate input function in various quantification methods was also evaluated. Thirteen normoglycemic C57BL/6 mice were studied. Eighteen blood samples were taken from the femoral artery by the microfluidic blood sampler. Tissue time-activity curves were derived from PET images. cMR(glc) values were calculated using 2 different input functions (one derived from the blood samples [IF(blood)] and the other from the liver time-activity curve [IF(liver)]) in various quantification methods, which included the 3-compartment (18)F-FDG model (from which the (18)F-FDG rate constants were derived), the Patlak analysis, and operational equations. The estimated cMR(glc) value based on IF(blood) and the 3-compartment model served as a standard for comparisons with the cMR(glc) values calculated by the other methods. The values of K(1), k(2), k(3), k(4), and K(FDG) estimated by IF(blood) and the 3-compartment model were 0.22 +/- 0.05 mL/min/g, 0.48 +/- 0.09 min(-1), 0.06 +/- 0.02 min(-1), 0.025 +/- 0.010 min(-1), and 0.024 +/- 0.007 mL/min/g, respectively. The standard cMR(glc) value was, therefore, 40.6 +/- 13.3 micromol/100 g/min (lumped constant = 0.6). No significant difference between the standard cMR(glc) and the cMR(glc) estimated by the operational equation that includes k(4) was observed. The standard cMR(glc) was also found to have strong correlations (r > 0.8) with the cMR(glc) value estimated by the use of IF(liver) in the 3-compartment model and with those estimated by the Patlak analysis (using either IF(blood) or IF(liver)). The (18)F-FDG

  9. Comparison of early (60 min) and delayed (180 min) acquisition of 18F-FDG PET/CT in large vessel vasculitis.

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    Martínez-Rodríguez, I; del Castillo-Matos, R; Quirce, R; Jiménez-Bonilla, J; de Arcocha-Torres, M; Ortega-Nava, F; Rubio-Vassallo, A; Martínez Amador, N; Ibáñez Bravo, S; Carril, J M

    2013-01-01

    To compare the contribution of the (18)F-FDG-PET/CT acquisition at 180 min and at 60 min in suspicion of large vessel vasculitis (LVV). A prospective study including 23 patients was performed. PET/CT was acquired at 60 and 180 min (early and delayed scan) after (18)F-FDG injection. A visual analysis was performed at the supra-aortic trunks (SAT), thoracic aorta (TA), abdominal aorta (AA), iliac arteries (IA) and femoral/tibioperoneal arteries (FTA). Intensity (0-3) and uptake pattern (diffuse/linear) were assessed in the 115 vascular regions. There was no FDG uptake in the early and delayed acquisition in 20/115 vascular regions (17.4%). Of the 95 regions (82.6%) showing FDG uptake at the early, delayed or both acquisitions, intensity did not change in the delayed acquisition in 46 and changed in 49. Of the 49 regions in which the intensity changed, it decreased in 36 and increased in 13 (TA:8, SAT:5). AA, IA and FTA intensity did not increase in any of the cases. Uptake pattern at the TA in the early acquisition was diffuse in 16 patients. In 7, it changed to linear and in 9 the uptake disappeared. The early pattern was linear in 7 patients and 6 of them showed increased intensity in the delayed acquisition and in 1 remained the same. The 180 min delayed FDG-PET/CT acquisition provides a more detailed visualized of the vessel wall, showing the washout of the blood pool activity. Therefore, it may contribute to a more accurate diagnosis of LVV. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  10. Clinicopathological Features of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ from (18)F-FDG-PET Findings.

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    Fujii, Takaaki; Yanai, Keiko; Tokuda, Shoko; Nakazawa, Yuko; Kurozumi, Sasagu; Obayashi, Sayaka; Yajima, Reina; Hirakata, Tomoko; Kuwano, Hiroyuki

    2017-09-01

    The presence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) can increase the risk of developing an invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), but it is difficult to predict what will occur if a DCIS is left untreated. We reported the usefulness of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) for DCIS, and that the presence of FDG uptake in the tumor could be considered a predictor of invasive potential in patients with DCIS. In this study, we retrospectively evaluated the clinicopathological features of DCIS by using FDG-PET findings, and we evaluated the possibility of using FDG-PET in DCIS cases as a biomarker of which lesions will go on to become invasive. We investigated the cases of 185 consecutive patients with primary breast cancer who were diagnosed as having DCIS or IDC and underwent FDG-PET preoperatively. We divided the cases into two groups on the basis of histology; DCIS vs. IDC (n=171). The DCIS cases were divided into two groups on the basis of FDG uptake in the primary tumor. Fourteen of the 185 patients (7.4%) were revealed to have a DCIS. The analysis revealed that the SUVmax and the number of cases not detected by FDG-PET were significantly different between the DICS and IDC groups. The extent of the primary tumor was not significantly different between the two groups. In six cases (42.9%) of the 14 DCIS cases, no FDG uptake was detected by FDG-PET. The extent of tumor did not significantly differ between the two groups. In addition, all six cases without FDG uptake were of the diffuse-spread type, without mass formation. All eight cases with mass formation had FDG uptake. Our present findings suggest that the FDG-PET uptake reflects tumor burden or tumor density, which should be considered to be associated with the presence of invasion. Copyright© 2017, International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. George J. Delinasios), All rights reserved.

  11. "Bottle Brush Sign"-Spinal Meningeal Disease on 18F-FDG PET-CT Scan.

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    Riaz, Saima; Naz, Fozia; Bashir, Humayun; Niazi, Imran Khalid

    2016-09-01

    A 30-year-old man with a history of stage IV AE diffuse large cell lymphoma of left proximal humerus presented with new onset lower limb weakness at completion of chemotherapy. The F-FDG PET-CT scan showed increased intraspinal uptake from T12 to S1 vertebrae with unique "bottle brush" appearance in keeping with spinal meningeal disease. The leptomeningeal disease was further confirmed on correlative MRI scan.

  12. Influence of (18)F-FDG PET/CT on therapy management in patients with stage III/IV malignant melanoma.

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    Schüle, Susann-Cathrin; Eigentler, Thomas Kurt; Garbe, Claus; la Fougère, Christian; Nikolaou, Konstantin; Pfannenberg, Christina

    2016-03-01

    To evaluate the influence of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in comparison to CT alone on treatment decisions in patients with advanced melanoma and to analyse the 5-year survival data in comparison to literature data. Therapy management in 64 consecutive patients (primary staging n = 52; surveillance n = 12) with stage III/IV melanoma who underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT between 2004 and 2005 in our department was retrospectively analysed. Treatment decisions were made by two dermatooncologists for each patient twice, first based on the CT results and then based on the PET/CT results. Therapy changes based on the PET/CT results were classified as "major" (e.g. change from metastasectomy to systemic therapy) or "minor" (e.g. change from first to second line chemotherapy). The 5-year survival data of different patient cohorts were calculated. In the 52 patients in the primary staging group, the results of (18)F-FDG PET/CT led to therapy change in 59% and a major therapy change in 52%. (18)F-FDG PET/CT led to the avoidance of futile operations in 13 patients with suspicious lesions on CT that were deemed nontumorous on PET/CT. In the 12 patients in the surveillance group, the results of (18)F-FDG PET/CT led to therapy change in 33% and a major change in 17%. The 5-year survival rates were 30% in the entire cohort, 34% in the primary staging group, and 17% in the surveillance group. A significant overall survival benefit was observed in patients in whom (18)F-FDG PET/CT excluded metastases or in whom metastases could be completely removed compared with patients who were not eligible for surgery (41% vs. 10%). Primary staging of patients with stage III/IV melanoma should be performed with (18)F-FDG PET/CT, leading to higher diagnostic accuracy and enabling individualized therapeutic management, especially optimal patient selection for metastasectomy. This strategy may extend long-term survival even in patients with advanced disease.

  13. Role of WB-MR/DWIBS compared to (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the therapy response assessment of lymphoma.

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    Maggialetti, Nicola; Ferrari, Cristina; Minoia, Carla; Asabella, Artor Niccoli; Ficco, Michele; Loseto, Giacomo; De Tullio, Giacomina; de Fazio, Vincenza; Calabrese, Angela; Guarini, Attilio; Rubini, Giuseppe; Brunese, Luca

    2016-02-01

    This study prospectively evaluated whole-body magnetic resonance/diffusion-weighted imaging with body signal suppression (WB-MR/DWIBS) reliability compared to (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the treatment response assessment of classic Hodgkin lymphomas (HL) and aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas (aNHL). Twenty-seven consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled at the time of diagnosis. Eighteen (11 HL and seven aNHL) were considered for the analysis. They received chemo/radiotherapy as induction and completed post-treatment evaluation performing both (18)F-FDG PET/CT and WB-MR/DWIBS. The revised response criteria for malignant lymphomas were used to assess the response to treatment. We evaluated the agreement between the two methods by Cohen's K test. Post-therapy WB-MR/DWIBS sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy were then calculated, considering the 12 months of follow-up period as the gold standard. By using an evaluation on a lesion-by-lesion basis, WB-MR/DWIBS and (18)F-FDG PET/CT showed an overall good agreement (K = 0.796, 95% IC = 0.651-0.941), especially in the evaluation of the nodal basins in aNHL (K = 0.937, 95% IC = 0.814-1). In reference to the revised response criteria for malignant lymphomas, the two methods showed a good agreement (K = 0.824, 95% IC = 0.493-1). Post-therapy sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy of WB-MR/DWIBS were 43, 91, 75, 71 and 72%, respectively. WB-MR/DWIBS seems to be an appropriate method for the post-treatment assessment of patients affected by HL and aNHL. The small discrepancies between the two methods found within HL could be due to the biological and metabolic behavior of this group of diseases. Larger prospective studies are necessary to better define the role of WB-MR/DWIBS in this setting of patients.

  14. Physiologic facial muscle uptake on 18F-FDG PET/CT by chewing-like habitual movement in patient with Sjögren syndrome.

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    Lee, Dong Hyun; Yoon, Joon-Kee; Yoon, Seok-Ho; Lee, Su Jin; An, Young-Sil

    2015-03-01

    An 84-year-old female patient with known Sjögren syndrome underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT to detect recurrence of uterine cervix cancer. Sjögren syndrome is autoimmune disease that typically produces symptoms of dry mouth and eyes. We report a case of physiologic 18F-FDG uptake on facial muscles by chewing-like habitual movement, which was confused with salivary retention at first. The physiologic FDG uptake in oral cavity and facial muscles has to be reviewed carefully not to be confused with abnormal uptake.

  15. (18)F-FDG PET/CT quantification in head and neck squamous cell cancer: principles, technical issues and clinical applications.

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    Manca, Gianpiero; Vanzi, Eleonora; Rubello, Domenico; Giammarile, Francesco; Grassetto, Gaia; Wong, Ka Kit; Perkins, Alan C; Colletti, Patrick M; Volterrani, Duccio

    2016-07-01

    (18)F-FDG PET/CT plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and management of patients with head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). The major clinical applications of this method include diagnosing an unknown primary tumour, identifying regional lymph node involvement and distant metastases, and providing prognostic information. (18)F-FDG PET/CT is also used for precise delineation of the tumour volume for radiation therapy planning and dose painting, and for treatment response monitoring, by detecting residual or recurrent disease. Most of these applications would benefit from a quantitative approach to the disease, but the quantitative capability of (18)F-FDG PET/CT is still underused in HNSCC. Innovations in PET/CT technology promise to overcome the issues that until now have hindered the employment of dynamic procedures in clinical practice and have limited "quantification" to the evaluation of standardized uptake values (SUV), de facto a semiquantitative parameter, the limits of which are well known to the nuclear medicine community. In this paper the principles of quantitative imaging and the related technical issues are reviewed so that professionals involved in HNSCC management can reflect on the advantages of "true" quantification. A discussion is then presented on how semiquantitative information is currently used in clinical (18)F-FDG PET/CT applications in HNSCC, by discussing the improvements that could be obtained with more advanced and "personalized" quantification techniques.

  16. Areas of high 18F-FDG uptake on preradiotherapy PET/CT identify preferential sites of local relapse after chemoradiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Calais, Jérémie; Thureau, Sébastien; Dubray, Bernard; Modzelewski, Romain; Thiberville, Luc; Gardin, Isabelle; Vera, Pierre

    2015-02-01

    The high rates of failure in the radiotherapy target volume suggest that patients with stage II or III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) should receive an increased total dose of radiotherapy. Areas of high (18)F-FDG uptake on preradiotherapy (18)F-FDG PET/CT have been reported to identify intratumor subvolumes at high risk of relapse after radiotherapy. We wanted to confirm these observations on a cohort of patients included in 3 sequential prospective studies. Our aim was to assess an appropriate threshold (percentage of maximum standardized uptake value [SUVmax]) to delineate subvolumes on staging (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans assuming that a smaller target volume would facilitate isotoxic radiotherapy dose escalation. Thirty-nine patients with inoperable stage II or III NSCLC, treated with chemoradiation or with radiotherapy alone, were extracted from 3 prospective studies (ClinicalTrials.gov identifiers NCT01261585, NCT01261598, and RECF0645). All patients underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT at initial staging, before radiotherapy, during radiotherapy, and during systematic follow-up in a single institution. All (18)F-FDG PET/CT acquisitions were coregistered on the initial scan. Various subvolumes in the initial acquisition (30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, and 90% SUVmax thresholds) and in the 3 subsequent acquisitions (40% and 90% SUVmax thresholds) were pasted on the initial scan and compared. Seventeen patients had a local relapse. The SUVmax measured during radiotherapy was significantly higher in locally relapsed tumors than in locally controlled tumors (mean, 6.8 vs. 4.6; P = 0.02). The subvolumes delineated on initial PET/CT scans with 70%-90% SUVmax thresholds were in good agreement with the recurrent volume at a 40% SUVmax threshold (common volume/baseline volume, 0.60-0.80). The subvolumes delineated on initial PET/CT scans with 30%-60% SUVmax thresholds were in good to excellent agreement with the core volume of the relapse (90% SUVmax threshold) (common volume

  17. Glycolytic activity in breast cancer using 18F-FDG PET/CT as prognostic predictor: A molecular phenotype approach.

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    Garcia Vicente, A M; Soriano Castrejón, A; Amo-Salas, M; Lopez Fidalgo, J F; Muñoz Sanchez, M M; Alvarez Cabellos, R; Espinosa Aunion, R; Muñoz Madero, V

    2016-01-01

    To explore the relationship between basal (18)F-FDG uptake in breast tumors and survival in patients with breast cancer (BC) using a molecular phenotype approach. This prospective and multicentre study included 193 women diagnosed with BC. All patients underwent an (18)F-FDG PET/CT prior to treatment. Maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) in tumor (T), lymph nodes (N), and the N/T index was obtained in all the cases. Metabolic stage was established. As regards biological prognostic parameters, tumors were classified into molecular sub-types and risk categories. Overall survival (OS) and disease free survival (DFS) were obtained. An analysis was performed on the relationship between semi-quantitative metabolic parameters with molecular phenotypes and risk categories. The effect of molecular sub-type and risk categories in prognosis was analyzed using Kaplan-Meier and univariate and multivariate tests. Statistical differences were found in both SUVT and SUVN, according to the molecular sub-types and risk classifications, with higher semi-quantitative values in more biologically aggressive tumors. No statistical differences were observed with respect to the N/T index. Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed that risk categories were significantly related to DFS and OS. In the multivariate analysis, metabolic stage and risk phenotype showed a significant association with DFS. High-risk phenotype category showed a worst prognosis with respect to the other categories with higher SUVmax in primary tumor and lymph nodes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  18. Identification of low variability textural features for heterogeneity quantification of (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging.

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    Cortes-Rodicio, J; Sanchez-Merino, G; Garcia-Fidalgo, M A; Tobalina-Larrea, I

    To identify those textural features that are insensitive to both technical and biological factors in order to standardise heterogeneity studies on (18)F-FDG PET imaging. Two different studies were performed. First, nineteen series from a cylindrical phantom filled with different (18)F-FDG activity concentration were acquired and reconstructed using three different protocols. Seventy-two texture features were calculated inside a circular region of interest. The variability of each feature was obtained. Second, the data for 15 patients showing non-pathological liver were acquired. Anatomical and physiological features such as patient's weight, height, body mass index, metabolic active volume, blood glucose level, SUV and SUV standard deviation were also recorded. A liver covering region of interest was delineated and low variability textural features calculated in each patient. Finally, a multivariate Spearman's correlation analysis between biological factors and texture features was performed. Only eight texture features analysed show small variability (<5%) with activity concentration and reconstruction protocol making them suitable for heterogeneity quantification. On the other hand, there is a high statistically significant correlation between MAV and entropy (P<0.05). Entropy feature is, indeed, correlated (P<0.05) with all patient parameters, except body mass index. The textural features that are correlated with neither technical nor biological factors are run percentage, short-zone emphasis and intensity, making them suitable for quantifying functional changes or classifying patients. Other textural features are correlated with technical and biological factors and are, therefore, a source of errors if used for this purpose. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  19. Can the SUVmax-liver-based interpretation improve prognostic accuracy of interim and posttreatment (18)F-FDG PET/CT in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma?

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    Zhang, Yuewei; Fan, Yang; Ying, Zhitao; Song, Yuqin; Zhu, Jun; Yang, Zhi; Wang, Xuejuan

    2017-08-03

    In order to investigate whether the SUVmax-liver-based interpretation could improve prognostic accuracy of interim (PET-4) and posttreatment PET/CT (PET-end), 115 patients with newly diagnosed DLBCL were recruited in the study. ROC analysis revealed the optimal threshold is 1.6-fold of SUVmax-liver for PET-4 and 1.4-fold of SUVmax-liver for PET-end. The SUVmax-liver-based interpretation had a perfect interobserver agreement, higher prognostic accuracy and positive predictive value than 5-point scale and %ΔSUVmax criteria in both PET-4 and PET-end. Dramatic differences in the outcome between patients with positive and negative PET-4/PET-end were demonstrated using Kaplan-Meier survival curves (p < .05). Univariate and multifactor analysis found PET-4 and PET-end were independent prognostic factors for the outcome of DLBCL. In conclusion, the SUVmax-liver-based interpretation were superior to 5-point scale and %ΔSUVmax criteria in analyzing the PET-4 and PET-end for the prognosis of DLBCL patients.

  20. The value of [(11)C]-acetate PET and [(18)F]-FDG PET in hepatocellular carcinoma before and after treatment with transarterial chemoembolization and bevacizumab.

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    Li, Shuren; Peck-Radosavljevic, Markus; Ubl, Philipp; Wadsak, Wolfgang; Mitterhauser, Markus; Rainer, Eva; Pinter, Matthias; Wang, Hao; Nanoff, Christian; Kaczirek, Klaus; Haug, Alexander; Hacker, Marcus

    2017-09-01

    This prospective study was to investigate the value of [(11)C]-acetate PET and [(18)F]-FDG PET in the evaluation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) before and after treatment with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antibody (bevacizumab). Twenty-two patients (three women, 19 men; 62 ± 8 years) with HCC verified by histopathology were treated with TACE and bevacizumab (n = 11) or placebo (n = 11). [(11)C]-acetate PET and [(18)F]-FDG PET were performed before and after TACE with bevacizumab or placebo. Comparisons between groups were performed with t-tests and Chi-squared tests, where appropriate. Overall survival (OS) was defined as the time from start of bevacizumab or placebo until the date of death/last follow-up, respectively. The patient-related sensitivity of [(11)C]-acetate PET, [(18)F]-FDG PET, and combined [(11)C]-acetate and [(18)F]-FDG PET was 68%, 45%, and 73%, respectively. There was a significantly higher rate of conversion from [(11)C]-acetate positive lesions to negative lesions in patients treated with TACE and bevacizumab as compared with that in patients with TACE and placebo (p < 0.05). In patients with negative acetate PET, the mean OS in patients treated with TACE and bevacizumab was 259 ± 118 days and was markedly shorter as compared with that (668 ± 217 days) in patients treated with TACE and placebo (p < 0.05). In patients treated with TACE and placebo, there was significant difference in mean OS in patients with positive FDG PET as compared with that in patients with negative FDG PET (p < 0.05). The HCC lesions had different tracer avidities showing the heterogeneity of HCC. Our study suggests that combining [(18)F]-FDG with [(11)C]-acetate PET could be useful for the management of HCC patients and might also provide relevant prognostic and molecular heterogeneity information.

  1. Monitoring of anti-cancer treatment with 18F-FDG and 18F-FLT PET: a comprehensive review of pre-clinical studies

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    Jensen, Mette Munk; Kjaer, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Functional imaging of solid tumors with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is an evolving field with continuous development of new PET tracers and discovery of new applications for already implemented PET tracers. During treatment of cancer patients, a general challenge is to measure treatment effect early in a treatment course and by that to stratify patients into responders and non-responders. With 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG) and 3’-deoxy-3’-[18F]fluorothymidine(18F-FLT) two of the cancer hallmarks, altered energy metabolism and increased cell proliferation, can be visualized and quantified non-invasively by PET. With 18F-FDG and 18F-FLT PET changes in energy metabolism and cell proliferation can thereby be determined after initiation of cancer treatment in both clinical and pre-clinical studies in order to predict, at an early time-point, treatment response. It is hypothesized that decreases in glycolysis and cell proliferation may occur in tumors that are sensitive to the applied cancer therapeutics and that tumors that are resistant to treatment will show unchanged glucose metabolism and cell proliferation. Whether 18F-FDG and/or 18F-FLT PET can be used for prediction of treatment response has been analyzed in many studies both following treatment with conventional chemotherapeutic agents but also following treatment with different targeted therapies, e.g. monoclonal antibodies and small molecules inhibitors. The results from these studies have been most variable; in some studies early changes in 18F-FDG and 18F-FLT uptake predicted later tumor regression whereas in other studies no change in tracer uptake was observed despite the treatment being effective. The present review gives an overview of pre-clinical studies that have used 18F-FDG and/or 18F-FLT PET for response monitoring of cancer therapeutics. PMID:26550536

  2. Monitoring plaque inflammation in atherosclerotic rabbits with an iron oxide (P904) and 18F-FDG using a combined PET/MR scanner

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    Millon, A.; Dickson, S.D.; Klink, A.; Izquierdo-Garcia, D.; Bini, J.; Lancelot, E.; Ballet, S.; Robert, P.; de Castro, J. Mateo; Corot, C.; Fayad, Z.A.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to compare the ability of 18F-FDG PET and iron contrast-enhanced MRI with a novel USPIO (P904) to assess change in plaque inflammation induced by atorvastatin and dietary change in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis using a combined PET/MR scanner. Materials and methods Atherosclerotic rabbits underwent USPIO-enhanced MRI and 18F-FDG PET in PET/ MR hybrid system at baseline and were then randomly divided into a progression group (high cholesterol diet) and a regression group (chow diet and atorvastatin). Each group was scanned again 6 months after baseline imaging. R2* (i.e. 1/T2*) values were calculated pre/post P904 injection. 18F-FDG PET data were analyzed by averaging the mean Standard Uptake Value (SUVmean) over the abdominal aorta. The in vivo imaging was then correlated with matched histological sections stained for macrophages. Results 18F-FDG PET showed strong FDG uptake in the abdominal aorta and P904 injection revealed an increase in R2* values in the aortic wall at baseline. At 6 months, SUVmean values measured in the regression group showed a significant decrease from baseline (p =0.015). In comparison, progression group values remained constant (p =0.681). R2* values showed a similar decreasing trend in the regression group suggesting less USPIO uptake in the aortic wall. Correlations between SUVmean or Change in R2* value and macrophages density (RAM-11 staining) were good (R2 =0.778 and 0.707 respectively). Conclusion This experimental study confirms the possibility to combine two functional imaging modalities to assess changes in the inflammation of atherosclerotic plaques. 18F-FDG-PET seems to be more sensitive than USPIO P904 to detect early changes in plaque inflammation. PMID:23582588

  3. Monitoring plaque inflammation in atherosclerotic rabbits with an iron oxide (P904) and (18)F-FDG using a combined PET/MR scanner.

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    Millon, A; Dickson, S D; Klink, A; Izquierdo-Garcia, D; Bini, J; Lancelot, E; Ballet, S; Robert, P; Mateo de Castro, J; Corot, C; Fayad, Z A

    2013-06-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the ability of (18)F-FDG PET and iron contrast-enhanced MRI with a novel USPIO (P904) to assess change in plaque inflammation induced by atorvastatin and dietary change in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis using a combined PET/MR scanner. Atherosclerotic rabbits underwent USPIO-enhanced MRI and (18)F-FDG PET in PET/MR hybrid system at baseline and were then randomly divided into a progression group (high cholesterol diet) and a regression group (chow diet and atorvastatin). Each group was scanned again 6 months after baseline imaging. R2* (i.e. 1/T2*) values were calculated pre/post P904 injection. (18)F-FDG PET data were analyzed by averaging the mean Standard Uptake Value (SUVmean) over the abdominal aorta. The in vivo imaging was then correlated with matched histological sections stained for macrophages. (18)F-FDG PET showed strong FDG uptake in the abdominal aorta and P904 injection revealed an increase in R2* values in the aortic wall at baseline. At 6 months, SUVmean values measured in the regression group showed a significant decrease from baseline (p = 0.015). In comparison, progression group values remained constant (p = 0.681). R2* values showed a similar decreasing trend in the regression group suggesting less USPIO uptake in the aortic wall. Correlations between SUVmean or Change in R2* value and macrophages density (RAM-11 staining) were good (R(2) = 0.778 and 0.707 respectively). This experimental study confirms the possibility to combine two functional imaging modalities to assess changes in the inflammation of atherosclerotic plaques. (18)F-FDG-PET seems to be more sensitive than USPIO P904 to detect early changes in plaque inflammation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Monitoring of anti-cancer treatment with (18)F-FDG and (18)F-FLT PET: a comprehensive review of pre-clinical studies.

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    Jensen, Mette Munk; Kjaer, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Functional imaging of solid tumors with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is an evolving field with continuous development of new PET tracers and discovery of new applications for already implemented PET tracers. During treatment of cancer patients, a general challenge is to measure treatment effect early in a treatment course and by that to stratify patients into responders and non-responders. With 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose ((18)F-FDG) and 3'-deoxy-3'-[(18)F]fluorothymidine((18)F-FLT) two of the cancer hallmarks, altered energy metabolism and increased cell proliferation, can be visualized and quantified non-invasively by PET. With (18)F-FDG and (18)F-FLT PET changes in energy metabolism and cell proliferation can thereby be determined after initiation of cancer treatment in both clinical and pre-clinical studies in order to predict, at an early time-point, treatment response. It is hypothesized that decreases in glycolysis and cell proliferation may occur in tumors that are sensitive to the applied cancer therapeutics and that tumors that are resistant to treatment will show unchanged glucose metabolism and cell proliferation. Whether (18)F-FDG and/or (18)F-FLT PET can be used for prediction of treatment response has been analyzed in many studies both following treatment with conventional chemotherapeutic agents but also following treatment with different targeted therapies, e.g. monoclonal antibodies and small molecules inhibitors. The results from these studies have been most variable; in some studies early changes in (18)F-FDG and (18)F-FLT uptake predicted later tumor regression whereas in other studies no change in tracer uptake was observed despite the treatment being effective. The present review gives an overview of pre-clinical studies that have used (18)F-FDG and/or (18)F-FLT PET for response monitoring of cancer therapeutics.

  5. (18) F-FDG PET/CT for planning external beam radiotherapy alters therapy in 11% of 581 patients.

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    Birk Christensen, Charlotte; Loft-Jakobsen, Annika; Munck Af Rosenschöld, Per; Højgaard, Liselotte; Roed, Henrik; Berthelsen, Anne K

    2017-02-06

    (18) F-FDG PET/CT (FDG PET/CT) used in radiotherapy planning for extra-cerebral malignancy may reveal metastases to distant sites that may affect the choice of therapy. To investigate the role of FDG PET/CT on treatment strategy changes induced by the use of PET/CT as part of the radiotherapy planning. 'A major change of treatment strategy' was defined as either including more lesions in the gross tumour volume (GTV) distant from the primary tumour or a change in treatment modalities. The study includes 581 consecutive patients who underwent an FDG PET/CT scan for radiotherapy planning in our institution in the year 2008. All PET/CT scans were performed with the patient in treatment position with the use of immobilization devices according to the intended radiotherapy treatment. All scans were evaluated by a nuclear medicine physician together with a radiologist to delineate PET-positive GTV (GTV-PET). For 63 of the patients (11%), the PET/CT simulation scans resulted in a major change in treatment strategy because of the additional diagnostic information. Changes were most frequently observed in patients with lung cancer (20%) or upper gastrointestinal cancer (12%). In 65% of the patients for whom the PET/CT simulation scan revealed unexpected dissemination, radiotherapy was given - changed (n = 38) or unchanged (n = 13) according to the findings on the FDG PET/CT. Unexpected dissemination on the FDG PET/CT scanning performed for radiotherapy planning caused a change in treatment strategy in 11% of 581 patients. © 2017 Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Heterogeneity index evaluated by slope of linear regression on (18)F-FDG PET/CT as a prognostic marker for predicting tumor recurrence in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

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    Kim, Yong-Il; Kim, Yong Joong; Paeng, Jin Chul; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Lee, Dong Soo; Chung, June-Key; Kang, Keon Wook

    2017-06-20

    (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) has been investigated as a method to predict pancreatic cancer recurrence after pancreatic surgery. We evaluated the recently introduced heterogeneity indices of (18)F-FDG PET/CT used for predicting pancreatic cancer recurrence after surgery and compared them with current clinicopathologic and (18)F-FDG PET/CT parameters. A total of 93 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients (M:F = 60:33, mean age = 64.2 ± 9.1 years) who underwent preoperative (18)F-FDG PET/CT following pancreatic surgery were retrospectively enrolled. The standardized uptake values (SUVs) and tumor-to-background ratios (TBR) were measured on each (18)F-FDG PET/CT, as metabolic parameters. Metabolic tumor volume (MTV) and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) were examined as volumetric parameters. The coefficient of variance (heterogeneity index-1; SUVmean divided by the standard deviation) and linear regression slopes (heterogeneity index-2) of the MTV, according to SUV thresholds of 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0, were evaluated as heterogeneity indices. Predictive values of clinicopathologic and (18)F-FDG PET/CT parameters and heterogeneity indices were compared in terms of pancreatic cancer recurrence. Seventy patients (75.3%) showed recurrence after pancreatic cancer surgery (mean recurrence = 9.4 ± 8.4 months). Comparing the recurrence and no recurrence patients, all of the (18)F-FDG PET/CT parameters and heterogeneity indices demonstrated significant differences. In univariate Cox-regression analyses, MTV (P = 0.013), TLG (P = 0.007), and heterogeneity index-2 (P = 0.027) were significant. Among the clinicopathologic parameters, CA19-9 (P = 0.025) and venous invasion (P = 0.002) were selected as significant parameters. In multivariate Cox-regression analyses, MTV (P = 0.005), TLG (P = 0.004), and heterogeneity index-2 (P = 0.016) with venous invasion (P < 0.001, 0.001, and 0

  7. Estimation of Recurrence Risk After Normal (18)F-FDG PET/CT in Nonsmall-Cell Lung Cancer.

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    Pak, Kyoungjune; Kim, Seong-Jang; Koo, Phillip J; Chang, Samuel

    2016-06-01

    The authors aimed to assess the risk of recurrence in patients with nonsmall-cell lung cancer after surgery with no evidence of disease (NED) demonstrated on (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). A total of 140 subjects with adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the lung were included in this study. Patients had FDG PET/CT scans within a year after surgery between January 2007 and December 2014. Patients with PET/CT scans with NED were included. Following an NED PET/CT scan, recurrence or metastasis was found in 14 patients (10.0%), and deaths in 4 (2.9%) during a median follow-up of 636 days. Although the rates of recurrence or metastasis were very low, the risk for recurrence continuously increased after 600 days up to 0.03%. The risk was higher in patients with positive margin at surgery, lymphovascular invasion, N2 stage, and TNM stage III/IV. In conclusion, according to the smoothed hazard functions, there was a very low risk of recurrence until 600 days after normal (18)F-FDG PET scans. The risk was higher in patients with positive margin at surgery, lymphovascular invasion, N2 stage, and TNM stage III/IV.

  8. Parametric imaging: a promising approach for the evaluation of dynamic PET-18F-FDG studies - the DKFZ experience.

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    Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, Antonia; Pan, Leyun; Strauss, Ludwig G

    2010-01-01

    Dynamic positron emission studies (dPET) with fluorine-18-fluoro-deoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) were performed in oncologic patients. The primary aim was to evaluate the impact of parametric imaging and assess its feasibility with regard to diagnostics and treatment management. Parametric PET images based on different algorithms have been calculated. Regression-based images, influx images according to Patlak, two-tissue compartment images as well as non-compartmental approaches, based on the fractal dimension, principal component images, and similarity mapping have been used. Our results showed that the use of parametric images is helpful to visualize quantitative parameters of the tracer kinetics and adds a new dimension to the existing conventional PET or PET/computerized tomography (CT) images. Especially, non-compartment models are computationally fast and can be applied in daily routine to gain more detailed information about the distribution of a tracer over time and space. In conclusion, it is our opinion that parametric images will gain increasing importance and find their way into clinical routine due to the improvement of the technical equipment, like computer power, faster data acquisition by new generations of PET/CT scanners and more sophisticated software for data evaluation.

  9. [18F]FDG-PET reveals temporal hypometabolism in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy even when quantitative MRI and histopathological analysis show only mild hippocampal damage.

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    Lamusuo, S; Jutila, L; Ylinen, A; Kälviäinen, R; Mervaala, E; Haaparanta, M; Jääskeläinen, S; Partanen, K; Vapalahti, M; Rinne, J

    2001-06-01

    The relationship between reduced glucose metabolism in positron emission tomography with fludeoxyglucose F 18 ([(18)F]FDG-PET) and hippocampal damage (HD) in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy is still unclear. To determine whether the presence and severity of HD verified by quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (QMRI) and histopathological analysis affect the degree of hypometabolism. Sixteen patients with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy underwent [(18)F]FDG-PET and QMRI (hippocampal volumetry and T2 relaxometry) before surgery. Histopathological analysis of the hippocampus included measurements of neuronal loss, proliferation of glial cells, and mossy fiber sprouting. The asymmetry in glucose metabolism described the degree of hypometabolism. Temporal hypometabolism was not related to severity of HD as measured by QMRI or histopathological analysis. The degree of hypometabolism did not differ in patients with mild, moderate, or severe HD. In addition, [(18)F]FDG-PET revealed significant temporal hypometabolism even though hippocampal QMRI findings were normal or showed only mild HD. Thus, glucose consumption was reduced over and above the histopathological changes. [(18)F]FDG-PET is sensitive for localizing the epileptogenic region in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. However, it is insensitive to reflect the severity of HD.

  10. The efficacy of (18)F-FDG PET/CT and (67)Ga SPECT/CT in diagnosing fever of unknown origin.

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    Hung, Bor-Tau; Wang, Pei-Wen; Su, Yu-Jih; Huang, Wen-Chi; Chang, Yen-Hsiang; Huang, Shu-Hua; Chang, Chiung-Chih

    2017-09-01

    Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a diagnostic challenge. This study aimed to assess the efficacy of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) and gallium-67 single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography ((67)Ga SPECT/CT) in diagnosing FUO. A total of 68 patients with FUO underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT and (67)Ga SPECT/CT from January 2013 through May 2016. Images were read independently. The imaging results were compared with the final diagnosis and categorized as helpful for diagnosis or non-contributory to diagnosis in the clinical setting. Associations between categorical variables were evaluated with the chi-square test or Fisher's exact test. Ten of the 68 patients were excluded. An infectious underlying disease was found in 23 patients. A malignant disorder was the cause of FUO in 10 patients. Non-infectious inflammatory disease was found in 11 patients. Adrenal insufficiency was the cause of FUO in two patients. The cause of FUO was not found for 12 patients. A high false-positive rate of 44% (7/16) was observed for (18)F-FDG PET/CT, while a high false-negative rate of 55% (23/42) was observed for (67)Ga SPECT/CT. (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies depicted all (67)Ga-avid lesions. The sensitivity (79% vs. 45%) and clinical contribution (72% vs. 55%) of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in diagnosing FUO were significantly higher than those of (67)Ga SPECT/CT (p<0.05). On the basis of this study, the diagnostic performance of (18)F-FDG PET/CT is superior to (67)Ga SPECT/CT in the work-up of patients with FUO. With its rapid results and superior sensitivity, (18)F-FDG PET/CT may replace (67)Ga SPECT/CT where this technique is available. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  11. High-resolution 18F-FDG PET/CT for assessing disease activity in rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis: findings of a prospective pilot study

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    Ferrero, Andrea; Godinez, Felipe; Yang, Kai; Shelton, David K; Hunter, John C; Naguwa, Stanley M; Boone, John M; Raychaudhuri, Siba P; Badawi, Ramsey D

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) commonly affect the small joints of the wrist and hand. We evaluated the performance of a new, high-resolution extremity positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scanner for characterizing and quantifying pathologies associated with the two arthritides in the wrist and hand joints. Methods: Patients with RA or PsA underwent fluorine-18 fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) PET/CT wrist and hand imaging, respectively, on the high-resolution scanner. Calibrated CT images and co-registered PET images were reconstructed. PET/CT was derived for the radiocarpal and pisiform–triquetral compartments, joints with erosive changes, sites of synovitis or tenosynovitis and the nail bed and were correlated with clinical and MRI findings. Results: Significantly elevated 18F-FDG uptake was measured for the radiocarpal and pisiform–triquetral compartments and at sites of bone erosion, synovitis, pannus and oedema, compared with unaffected joints (p < 0.05) in patients with RA, consistent with their clinical findings. In patients with PsA, significantly elevated 18F-FDG uptake was measured for joints with synovitis compared with unaffected joints (p < 0.05), with patterns of 18F-FDG uptake along the tendons, at the enthesis and in the nail bed, consistent with tenosynovitis, enthesitis and nail dystrophy, respectively. Conclusion: High-resolution 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging of the wrist and hand is feasible in an RA or PsA patient cohort and is capable of providing quantifiable measures of disease activity (synovitis, enthesitis, oedema and bone destruction). Advances in knowledge: High-resolution PET/CT imaging shows promise as a tool for understanding the pathogenesis of the arthritic process and for non-invasive, objective assessment of RA or PsA severity and therapy selection. PMID:27109738

  12. Concordance between (99m)Tc-ECD SPECT and 18F-FDG PET interpretations in patients with cognitive disorders diagnosed according to NIA-AA criteria.

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    Ito, Kimiteru; Shimano, Yasumasa; Imabayashi, Etsuko; Nakata, Yasuhiro; Omachi, Yoshie; Sato, Noriko; Arima, Kunimasa; Matsuda, Hiroshi

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to clarify the concordance of diagnostic abilities and interobserver agreement between 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) and brain perfusion single photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) who were diagnosed according to the research criteria of the National Institute of Aging-Alzheimer's Association Workshop. Fifty-five patients with "AD and mild cognitive impairment (MCI)" (n = 40) and "non-AD" (n = 15) were evaluated with 18F-FDG PET and (99m)Tc-ethyl cysteinate dimer (ECD) SPECT during an 8-week period. Three radiologists independently graded the regional uptake in the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes as well as the precuneus/posterior cingulate cortex in both images. Kappa values were used to determine the interobserver reliability regarding regional uptake. The regions with better interobserver reliability between 18F-FDG PET and (99m)Tc-ECD SPECT were the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes. The (99m)Tc-ECD SPECT agreement in the occipital lobes was not significant. The frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes showed good correlations between 18F-FDG PET and (99m)Tc-ECD SPECT in the degree of uptake, but the occipital lobe and precuneus/posterior cingulate cortex did not show good correlations. The diagnostic accuracy rates of "AD and MCI" ranged from 60% to 70% in both of the techniques. The degree of uptake on 18F-FDG PET and (99m)Tc-ECD SPECT showed significant correlations in the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes. The diagnostic abilities of 18F-FDG PET and (99m)Tc-ECD SPECT for "AD and MCI," when diagnosed according to the National Institute of Aging-Alzheimer's Association Workshop criteria, were nearly identical. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Optimization of oncological {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT imaging based on a multiparameter analysis

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    Menezes, Vinicius O.; D’Errico, Francesco; Namías, Mauro; Larocca, Ticiana F.; Soares, Milena B. P.

    2016-02-15

    Purpose: This paper describes a method to achieve consistent clinical image quality in {sup 18}F-FDG scans accounting for patient habitus, dose regimen, image acquisition, and processing techniques. Methods: Oncological PET/CT scan data for 58 subjects were evaluated retrospectively to derive analytical curves that predict image quality. Patient noise equivalent count rate and coefficient of variation (CV) were used as metrics in their analysis. Optimized acquisition protocols were identified and prospectively applied to 179 subjects. Results: The adoption of different schemes for three body mass ranges (<60 kg, 60–90 kg, >90 kg) allows improved image quality with both point spread function and ordered-subsets expectation maximization-3D reconstruction methods. The application of this methodology showed that CV improved significantly (p < 0.0001) in clinical practice. Conclusions: Consistent oncological PET/CT image quality on a high-performance scanner was achieved from an analysis of the relations existing between dose regimen, patient habitus, acquisition, and processing techniques. The proposed methodology may be used by PET/CT centers to develop protocols to standardize PET/CT imaging procedures and achieve better patient management and cost-effective operations.

  14. Diagnostic performance of (18-)F-FDG-PET-CT in adrenal lesions using histopathology as reference standard.

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    Altinmakas, Emre; Hobbs, Brian P; Ye, Hui; Grubbs, Elizabeth G; Perrier, Nancy D; Prieto, Victor G; Lee, Jeffrey E; Ng, Chaan S

    2017-02-01

    To determine the diagnostic performance of PET-CT in differentiating benign and malignant adrenal lesions when evaluating PET parameters individually as well as in combination with CT parameters, using histopathology as the reference standard. (18)F-FDG-PET-CT scans of patients undertaken within 6 months prior to pathologic evaluation of their adrenal lesion(s) were evaluated. PET assessments consisted individually of maximum standardized uptake value of the adrenal lesion (A-SUVmax) and its ("normalized") ratio to the liver (R-SUVmax). The diagnostic performances of these two PET parameters were also assessed when combined with the Hounsfield density from the non-contrast CT component of the PET-CT (A-HU). Diagnostic performance was assessed by area under the curve (AUC) of the receiver operating characteristics. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the individual and combined parameters. The study cohort consisted of 61 adrenal lesions (59 patients). Malignant lesions (n = 52) had significantly higher median PET and CT parameters than benign lesions: A-SUVmax (11.4 vs. 6.1), R-SUVmax (3.3 vs. 1.7), and A-HU (37 vs. 24) [all p < 0.023]. AUC for the PET parameters individually was almost identical: 0.75 for A-SUVmax and 0.74 for R-SUVmax. On univariate analysis, thresholds of A-SUVmax >3.47 and R-SUVmax >0.83 yielded maximum accuracy (both 87%). The combination of these PET parameters individually with A-HU improved both AUC and accuracy (0.81% and 93%, respectively). The individual PET parameters A-SUVmax and R-SUVmax have similar diagnostic performance for differentiating malignant and benign adrenal lesions; their performance and accuracy improve when combined with the CT component (A-HU).

  15. Dual-time-point 18F-FDG PET/CT versus dynamic breast MRI of suspicious breast lesions.

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    Imbriaco, Massimo; Caprio, Maria Grazia; Limite, Gennaro; Pace, Leonardo; De Falco, Teresa; Capuano, Ermanno; Salvatore, Marco

    2008-11-01

    The purpose of our study was to compare dual-time-point (18)F-FDG PET/CT, performed with the patient in the prone position, and contrast-enhanced MRI in patients with suspected breast malignancy. Forty-four patients with 55 breast lesions underwent two PET/CT scans (dual-time-point imaging) in the prone position and breast MRI. Sensitivity, specificity, and overall accuracy were calculated. In addition, the average percentage of change in standard uptake values (Delta%SUV(max)) between time point 1 and time point 2 was calculated for PET/CT. A final histopathologic diagnosis was available for all patients. MRI showed an overall accuracy of 95%, with sensitivity and specificity of 98% and 80%. Conversely, dual-time-point PET/CT showed an accuracy of 84% for lesions with an SUV(max) > or = 2.5 or with a positive Delta%SUV(max), with sensitivity and specificity of 80% and 100% versus 69% accuracy, 62% sensitivity (both, p < 0.001), and 100% specificity (p not significant) for single-time-point PET/CT. On PET/CT, malignant lesions showed an increase in FDG between time points 1 and 2, with a Delta%SUV(max) of 11 +/- 24. Benign lesions showed either no change or a decrease in SUV(max) between time points 1 and 2, with a Delta%SUV(max) of -21 +/- 7. A dual time point improves PET/CT accuracy in patients with a suspected breast malignancy over single-time-point PET/CT. On PET/CT, FDG is increasingly taken up over time in breast tumors; conversely, benign lesions show a decrease in FDG uptake over time. These changes in SUV might represent a reliable parameter that can be used to differentiate benign from malignant lesions of the breast on PET/CT examination.

  16. The combination of 13N-ammonia and 18F-FDG whole-body PET/CT on the same day for diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer

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    Yi, Chang; Yu, Donglan; Shi, Xinchong; Luo, Ganhua; He, Qiao; Zhang, Xuezhen

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of 13N-ammonia and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) PET performed on the same day in the detection of advanced prostate cancer (PC) and its metastases. Patients and methods Twenty-six patients with high-risk PC [Gleason score 8–10 or prostate-specific antigen (PSA)>20 ng/ml or clinical tumor extension≥T2c] were recruited into the study. 13N-Ammonia and 18F-FDG PET/CT were performed on the same day (18F-FDG followed ammonia, with an interval of a minimum of 2 h). Lesions were interpreted as positive, negative, or equivocal. Patient-based and field-based performance characteristics for both imaging techniques were reported. Results There was significant correlation between 13N-ammonia and 18F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of primary PC (κ=0.425, P=0.001) and no significant difference in sensitivity (60.2 vs. 54.5%) and specificity (100 vs. 83.3%). The maximum standard uptake values and corresponding target-to-background ratio values of the concordantly positive lesions in prostate glands in the two studies did not differ significantly (P=0.124 and 0.075, respectively). The sensitivity and specificity of PET imaging using 13N-ammonia for lymph node metastases were 77.5 and 96.3%, respectively, whereas the values were 75 and 44.4% using 18F-FDG. The two modalities were highly correlated with respect to the detection of lymph nodes and bone metastases. Conclusion The concordance between the two imaging modalities suggests a clinical impact of 13N-ammonia PET/CT in advanced PC patients as well as of 18F-FDG. 13N-Ammonia is a useful PET tracer and a complement to 18F-FDG for detecting primary focus and distant metastases in PC. The combination of these two tracers on the same day can accurately detect advanced PC. PMID:26588068

  17. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT, (123)I-MIBG and (99m)Tc-MDP whole-body scans, in detecting recurrence of an adult adrenal neuroblastoma.

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    Skoura, Evangelia; Oikonomopoulos, Georgios; Vasileiou, Spyridon; Kyprianou, Diogenis; Koumakis, Georgios; Datseris, Ioannis E

    2014-01-01

    Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid malignancy in children, but is rare in adults. We report the case of a 33 year old man with recurrence of neuroblastoma, 2 years after the excision of the primary tumor in the right adrenal gland. The iodine-123-radioiodinated metaiodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-MIBG) and (99m)Tc-methylene diphosphonate ((99m)Tc-MDP) bone scans and the fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) findings in this patient are presented. First, we applied (123)I-MIBG scintigraphy that detected increased uptake at the right adrenal gland region and probably at liver lesions and in several bones. Then, the (99m)Tc-MDP bone scan revealed also increased uptake of the radiopharmaceutical in bones, but there was a discrepancy between these two studies concerning the number and location of the lesions. Then, (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan was performed, which showed increased uptake of (18)F-FDG at the right adrenal gland region with extension to the liver and also in multiple bones. Additionally, an aortocaval lymph node was detected. In conclusion, this case indicated that (18)F-FDG PET/CT has defined the extent of the recurrence of neuroblastoma in a better way than (123)I-MIBG and (99m)Tc-MDP together.

  18. For avid glucose tumors, the SUV peak is the most reliable parameter for [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT quantification, regardless of acquisition time.

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    Sher, Avigaëlle; Lacoeuille, Franck; Fosse, Pacôme; Vervueren, Laurent; Cahouet-Vannier, Aurélie; Dabli, Djamel; Bouchet, Francis; Couturier, Olivier

    2016-12-01

    This study is an assessment of the impact of acquisition times on SUV with [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT on healthy livers (reference organ with stable uptake over time) and on tumors. One hundred six [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT were acquired in list mode over a single-bed position (livers (n = 48) or on tumors (n = 58)). Six independent datasets of different durations were reconstructed (from 1.5 to 10 min). SUVmax (hottest voxel), SUVpeak (maximum average SUV within a 1-cm(3) spherical volume), and SUVaverage were measured within a 3-cm-diameter volume of interest (VOI) in the right lobe of the liver. For [(18)F]FDG avid tumors (SUVmax ≥ 5), the SUVmax, SUVpeak, and SUV41% (isocontour threshold method) were computed. For tumors, SUVpeak values did not vary with acquisition time. SUVmax displayed significant differences between 1.5- and 5-10-min reconstruction times. SUV41% was the most time-dependent parameter. For the liver, the SUVaverage was the sole parameter that did not vary over time. For [(18)F]FDG avid tumors, with short acquisition times, i.e., with new generations of PET systems, the SUVpeak may be more robust than the SUVmax. The SUVaverage over a 3-cm-diameter VOI in the right lobe of the liver appears to be a good method for a robust and reproducible assessment of the hepatic metabolism.

  19. Stereotactic Comparison Study of 18F-Alfatide and 18F-FDG PET Imaging in an LLC Tumor-Bearing C57BL/6 Mouse Model

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    Wei, Yu-Chun; Gao, Yongsheng; Zhang, Jianbo; Fu, Zheng; Zheng, Jinsong; Liu, Ning; Hu, Xudong; Hou, Wenhong; Yu, Jinming; Yuan, Shuanghu

    2016-01-01

    This study aimed to stereotactically compare the PET imaging performance of 18F-Alfatide (18F-ALF-NOTA-PRGD2, denoted as 18F-Alfatide) and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining in Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) tumor-bearing C57BL/6 mouse model. 18F-FDG standard uptake values (SUVs) were higher than 18F-Alfatide SUVs in tumors, most of the normal tissues and organs except for the bladder. Tumor-to-brain, tumor-to-lung, and tumor-to-heart ratios of 18F-Alfatide PET were significantly higher than those of 18F-FDG PET (P < 0.001). The spatial heterogeneity of the tumors was detected, and the tracer accumulation enhanced from the outer layer to the inner layer consistently using the two tracers. The parameters of the tumors were significantly correlated with each other between 18F-FDG SUV and GLUT-1 (R = 0.895, P < 0.001), 18F-Alfatide SUV and αvβ3 (R = 0.595, P = 0.019), 18F-FDG SUV and 18F-Alfatide SUV (R = 0.917, P < 0.001), and GLUT-1 and αvβ3 (R = 0.637, P = 0.011). Therefore, 18F-Alfatide PET may be an effective tracer for tumor detection, spatial heterogeneity imaging and an alternative supplement to 18F-FDG PET, particularly for patients with enhanced characteristics in the brain, chest tumors or diabetes, meriting further study. PMID:27350554

  20. Correlation between Semi-Quantitative (18)F-FDG PET/CT Parameters and Ki-67 Expression in Small Cell Lung Cancer.

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    Park, Soyeon; Lee, Eunsub; Rhee, Seunghong; Cho, Jaehyuk; Choi, Sunju; Lee, Sinae; Eo, Jae Seon; Pahk, Kisoo; Choe, Jae Gol; Kim, Sungeun

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between semiquantitative parameters on (18)F-FDG PET/CT including maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), mean standardized uptake value (SUVmean), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) and the expression level of Ki-67 in small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Ninety-four consecutive patients with SCLC were enrolled in this study. They underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT for initial evaluation of SCLC, and we measured SUVmax, avgSUVmean, MTVsum, and TLGtotal on (18)F-FDG PET/CT images. The protein expression of Ki-67 was examined by immunohistochemical staining. Significant correlations were found between the MTVsum and Ki-67 labeling index (r = 0.254, p = 0.014) and the TLGtotal and Ki-67 labeling index (r = 0.239, p = 0.020). No correlation was found between the SUVmax and Ki-67 labeling index (r = 0.116, p = 0.264) and the avgSUVmean and Ki-67 labeling index (r = 0.031, p = 0.770). Dividing the Ki-67 expression level into three categories, it was suggested that increasing Ki-67 expression level caused a stepwise increase in the MTVsum and TLGtotal. (p = 0.028 and 0.039, respectively), but not the SUVmax and avgSUVmean (p = 0.526 and 0.729, respectively). In conclusion, the volume-based parameters of (18)F-FDG PET/CT correlate with immunohistochemical staining of Ki-67 in SCLC. Measurement of the MTVsum and TLGtotal by (18)F-FDG PET/CT might be a simple, noninvasive, and useful method to determine the proliferative potential of cancer cells.

  1. (18) F-FDG PET/CT vs. human papillomavirus, p16 and Epstein-Barr virus detection in cervical metastatic lymph nodes for identifying primary tumors.

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    Cheol Park, Gi; Roh, Jong-Lyel; Cho, Kyung-Ja; Seung Kim, Jae; Hyeon Jin, Mi; Choi, Seung-Ho; Yuhl Nam, Soon; Yoon Kim, Sang

    2017-03-15

    Squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary of the head and neck (SCCUP) is a heterogeneous disease entity that requires careful examination to locate the occult primary. We examined the diagnostic value of expression of biomarkers, such as human papillomavirus (HPV), p16 and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), in metastatic lymph nodes vs. (18) F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18) F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). We prospectively enrolled 54 consecutive SCCUP patients who received HPV, p16 and EBV analyses of lymph node fine-needle aspirates and (18) F-FDG PET/CT scans and subsequently underwent examinations and biopsies under general anesthesia to detect primary tumors. The diagnostic performance of the biomarkers and (18) F-FDG PET/CT were compared by using receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve analyses with histopathological results for identification of primary tumors. Primary tumors were identified in 28 (51.9%) of 54 patients: the palatine tonsil in 24, base of the tongue in 1, nasopharynx in 2, and hypopharynx in 1. The sensitivity of p16 (85.7%) and accuracy of HPV (85.2%) were higher than those (42.9% and 68.5%) of (18) F-FDG PET/CT (p < 0.05). The area under the ROC curve of HPV was higher than that of (18) F-FDG PET/CT (0.857 vs. 0.666, p = 0.007). The disease-free survival rates were higher in the patients with primary tumor detection or p16 nodal immunopositivity than in the other patients (p < 0.05). The results showed that HPV and p16 detection in metastatic lymph nodes can help locate hidden primary tumors, guide definitive treatment and predict patient survival.

  2. Repetitive (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in patients with large-vessel giant-cell arteritis and controlled disease.

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    de Boysson, Hubert; Aide, Nicolas; Liozon, Eric; Lambert, Marc; Parienti, Jean-Jacques; Monteil, Jacques; Huglo, Damien; Bienvenu, Boris; Manrique, Alain; Aouba, Achille

    2017-08-30

    (18)F-FDG PET/CT can detect large-vessel involvement in giant-cell arteritis (GCA) with a good sensitivity. In patients with clinically and biologically controlled disease, we aimed to assess how vascular uptakes evolve on repetitive FDG-PET/CT. All included patients had to satisfy the 4 following criteria: 1) diagnosis of GCA was retained according to the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology or based on the satisfaction of 2 criteria associated with the demonstration of large-vessel involvement on FDG-PET/CT; 2) all patients had a positive PET/CT that was performed at diagnosis before treatment or within the first 10days of treatment; 3) another FDG-PET/CT was performed after at least 3months of controlled disease without any relapse; 4) patients were followed-up at least for 12months. Twenty-five patients (17 [68%] women, median age: 69 [65-78]) with large-vessel inflammation on a baseline FDG-PET/CT and with repetitive imaging during the period with controlled disease were included and followed-up for 62 [25-95] months. Four repeated procedures revealed total extinction of vascular uptakes at 11.5 [8-12] months after the first FDG-PET/CT. Eight PET/CT revealed decreased numbers of vascular uptakes, and 10 procedures revealed no changes. The 3 remaining procedures indicated worsening of the numbers of vascular uptakes in the absence of relapse. Our study revealed long-term persistent vascular uptake on repeated FDG-PET/CT in >80% of our GCA patients with large-vessel inflammation and clinical-biological controlled disease. Prospective studies are required to confirm these findings. Copyright © 2017 European Federation of Internal Medicine. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Dose-Finding Quantitative 18F-FDG PET Imaging Study with the Oral Pan-AKT Inhibitor GSK2141795 in Patients with Gynecologic Malignancies.

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    Gungor, Hatice; Saleem, Azeem; Babar, Syed; Dina, Roberto; El-Bahrawy, Mona A; Curry, Ed; Rama, Nona; Chen, Michele; Pickford, Emily; Agarwal, Roshan; Blagden, Sarah; Carme, Sabin; Salinas, Cristian; Madison, Sam; Krachey, Elizabeth; Santiago-Walker, Ademi; Smith, Deborah A; Morris, Shannon R; Stronach, Euan A; Gabra, Hani

    2015-12-01

    AKT (a serine/threonine-specific protein kinase) regulates many cellular processes contributing to cytotoxic drug resistance. This study's primary objective examined the relationship between GSK2141795, an oral, pan-AKT inhibitor, and (18)F-FDG PET markers of glucose metabolism in tumor tissue to determine whether (18)F-FDG PET could be used to guide personalized dosing of GSK2141795. Biomarker analysis of biopsies was also undertaken. Twelve patients were enrolled in 3 cohorts; all underwent dynamic (18)F-FDG PET scans and serial pharmacokinetic sampling at baseline, week 2, and week 4 with tumor biopsies before treatment and at week 4. Response was evaluated by RECIST v1.1 and Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup criteria. Biopsy samples were analyzed for mutations and protein expression. GSK2141795 did not significantly influence blood glucose levels. No dose-response relationship was observed between GSK2141795 pharmacokinetics and (18)F-FDG PET pharmacodynamic measures; however, an exposure-response relationship was seen between maximum drug concentrations and maximal decrease in (18)F-FDG uptake in the best-responding tumor. This relationship also held for pharmacokinetic parameters of exposure and 1,5-anhydroglucitol (a systemic measure of glucose metabolism). Phospho-AKT upregulation at week 4 in biopsies confirmed AKT inhibition by GSK2141795. Single-agent activity was observed with a clinical benefit rate of 27% (3/11) and 30% (3/10) CA125 response in the study's platinum-resistant ovarian patients. AKT pathway activation by PIK3CA/PIK3R1 mutation did not correlate with clinical activity, whereas RAS/RAF pathway mutations did segregate with resistance to AKT inhibition. GSK2141795 demonstrated an exposure-response relationship with decreased (18)F-FDG uptake and is active and tolerable. This study's design integrating (18)F-FDG PET, pharmacokinetics, and biomarker analyses demonstrates the potential for clinical development for personalized treatment. © 2015 by

  4. Multimodality functional imaging using DW-MRI and 18F-FDG-PET/CT during radiation therapy for human papillomavirus negative head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience

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    Aramburu Núñez, David; Lopez Medina, Antonio; Mera Iglesias, Moisés; Salvador Gomez, Francisco; Dave, Abhay; Hatzoglou, Vaios; Paudyal, Ramesh; Calzado, Alfonso; Deasy, Joseph O; Shukla-Dave, Amita; Muñoz, Victor M

    2017-01-01

    AIM To noninvasively investigate tumor cellularity measured using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and glucose metabolism measured by 18F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT) during radiation therapy (RT) for human papillomavirus negative (HPV-) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHODS In this prospective study, 6 HPV- HNSCC patients underwent a total of 34 multimodality imaging examinations DW-MRI at 1.5 T Philips MRI scanner [(n = 24) pre-, during- (2-3 wk), and post-treatment (Tx), and 18F-FDG PET/CT pre- and post-Tx (n = 10)]. All patients received RT. Monoexponential modeling of the DW-MRI data yielded the imaging metric apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the mean of standardized uptake value (SUV) was measured from 18F-FDG PET uptake. All patients had a clinical follow-up as the standard of care and survival status was documented at 1 year. RESULTS There was a strong negative correlation between the mean of pretreatment ADC (ρ = -0.67, P = 0.01) and the pretreatment 18F-FDG PET SUV. The percentage (%) change in delta (∆) ADC for primary tumors and neck nodal metastases between pre- and Wk2-3 Tx were as follows: 75.4% and 61.6%, respectively, for the patient with no evidence of disease, 27.5% and 32.7%, respectively, for those patients who were alive with disease, and 26.9% and 7.31%, respectively, for those who were dead with disease. CONCLUSION These results are preliminary in nature and are indicative, and not definitive, trends rendered by the imaging metrics due to the small sample size of HPV- HNSCC patients in a Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience. PMID:28144403

  5. Multimodality functional imaging using DW-MRI and (18)F-FDG-PET/CT during radiation therapy for human papillomavirus negative head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience.

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    Aramburu Núñez, David; Lopez Medina, Antonio; Mera Iglesias, Moisés; Salvador Gomez, Francisco; Dave, Abhay; Hatzoglou, Vaios; Paudyal, Ramesh; Calzado, Alfonso; Deasy, Joseph O; Shukla-Dave, Amita; Muñoz, Victor M

    2017-01-28

    To noninvasively investigate tumor cellularity measured using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and glucose metabolism measured by (18)F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) during radiation therapy (RT) for human papillomavirus negative (HPV-) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In this prospective study, 6 HPV- HNSCC patients underwent a total of 34 multimodality imaging examinations DW-MRI at 1.5 T Philips MRI scanner [(n = 24) pre-, during- (2-3 wk), and post-treatment (Tx), and (18)F-FDG PET/CT pre- and post-Tx (n = 10)]. All patients received RT. Monoexponential modeling of the DW-MRI data yielded the imaging metric apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the mean of standardized uptake value (SUV) was measured from (18)F-FDG PET uptake. All patients had a clinical follow-up as the standard of care and survival status was documented at 1 year. There was a strong negative correlation between the mean of pretreatment ADC (ρ = -0.67, P = 0.01) and the pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET SUV. The percentage (%) change in delta (∆) ADC for primary tumors and neck nodal metastases between pre- and Wk2-3 Tx were as follows: 75.4% and 61.6%, respectively, for the patient with no evidence of disease, 27.5% and 32.7%, respectively, for those patients who were alive with disease, and 26.9% and 7.31%, respectively, for those who were dead with disease. These results are preliminary in nature and are indicative, and not definitive, trends rendered by the imaging metrics due to the small sample size of HPV- HNSCC patients in a Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience.

  6. Functional imaging in differentiating bronchial masses: an initial experience with a combination of (18)F-FDG PET-CT scan and (68)Ga DOTA-TOC PET-CT scan.

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    Kumar, Arvind; Jindal, Tarun; Dutta, Roman; Kumar, Rakesh

    2009-10-01

    To evaluate the role of combination of (18)F-FDG PET-CT scan and (68)Ga DOTA-TOC PET-CT scan in differentiating bronchial tumors observed in contrast enhanced computed tomography scan of chest. Prospective observational study. Place of study: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. 7 patients with bronchial mass detected in computed tomography scan of the chest were included in this study. All patients underwent (18)F-FDG PET-CT scan, (68)Ga DOTA-TOC PET-CT scan and fiberoptic bronchoscope guided biopsy followed by definitive surgical excision. The results of functional imaging studies were analyzed and the results are correlated with the final histopathology of the tumor. Histopathological examination of 7 bronchial masses revealed carcinoid tumors (2 typical, 1 atypical), inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (1), mucoepidermoid carcinoma (1), hamartoma (1), and synovial cell sarcoma (1). The typical carcinoids had mild (18)F-FDG uptake and high (68)Ga DOTA-TOC uptake. Atypical carcinoid had moderate uptake of (18)F-FDG and high (68)Ga DOTA-TOC uptake. Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor showed high uptake of (18)F-FDG and no uptake of (68)Ga DOTA-TOC. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma showed mild (18)F-FDG uptake and no (68)Ga DOTA-TOC uptake. Hamartoma showed no uptake on either scans. Synovial cell sarcoma showed moderate (18)F-FDG uptake and mild focal (68)Ga DOTA-TOC uptake. This initial experience with the combined use of (18)F-FDG and (68)Ga DOTA-TOC PET-CT scan reveals different uptake patterns in various bronchial tumors. Bronchoscopic biopsy will continue to be the gold standard; however, the interesting observations made in this study merits further evaluation of the utility of the combination of (18)F-FDG PET-CT scan and (68)Ga DOTA-TOC PET-CT scan in larger number of patients with bronchial masses.

  7. [(18)F-FDG PET/CT in the evaluation of patients suspected of paraneoplastic neurological syndrome].

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    García Vicente, A M; Vega Caicedo, C H; Mondéjar Solís, R; de Ayala Fernández, J Á; Garrido Robles, J A; Pena Pardo, F J; Muñoz Pasadas, M; Del Saz Saucedo, P; Jiménez Londoño, G A; León Martín, A; Soriano Castrejón, Á

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to determine the diagnostic impact of (18)F-FDG PET/CT based on the clinical features of paraneoplastic neurological syndrome (PNS). Multicenter retrospective and longitudinal study of patients with suspicion of PNS. The clinical picture was classified into classic (CS) and non-classic syndrome (NCS). After the follow-up, the definitive or possible diagnosis of PNS was established. The pictures that did not match any of the previous criteria were categorized as non-classifiable. The state of the onco-neural antibodies was studied. The PET/CT was classified as positive or negative for the detection of malignancy. The relationship between PET/CT findings and the final diagnosis was determined. The differences between variables (Pearson test X(2)) and the relationship between the results of the PET/CT and the final diagnosis were analyzed. A total of 64 patients were analyzed, classifying 30% as CS and 42% as NCS. After the follow-up, 20% and 16% of subjects were diagnosed as possible and definitive PNS, respectively. Positive onco-neural antibodies were found in 13% of the patients. A definitive diagnosis of PNS was associated with a positive PET/CT (P=.08). A significant relation between antibodies expression and final diagnosis of neoplasia (P=.04) was demonstrated. The PET/CT correctly localized malignancy in 5/7 cases of invasive cancer. The PET/CT showed a higher percentage of positive results in patients with definitive diagnosis of PNS. Despite the low prevalence of malignancy in our series, the PET/CT detected malignancy in a significant proportion of patients with invasive cancer. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  8. Quantitative measurement of 18F-FDG PET/CT uptake reflects the expansion of circulating plasmablasts in IgG4-related disease.

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    Berti, Alvise; Della-Torre, Emanuel; Gallivanone, Francesca; Canevari, Carla; Milani, Raffaella; Lanzillotta, Marco; Campochiaro, Corrado; Ramirez, Giuseppe Alvise; Bozzalla Cassione, Emanuele; Bozzolo, Enrica; Pedica, Federica; Castiglioni, Isabella; Arcidiacono, Paolo Giorgio; Balzano, Gianpaolo; Falconi, Massimo; Gianolli, Luigi; Dagna, Lorenzo

    2017-07-07

    [ 18 F]Fluorodeoxyglucose ( 18 F-FDG) PET/CT is increasingly used to assess organ involvement and response to treatment in IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), but clear correlations between 18 F-FDG uptake and disease activity have not been established yet. We aimed to correlate the intensity and distribution of 18 F-FDG uptake with validated clinical, serological and immunological parameters of IgG4-RD activity. Twenty patients with active IgG4-RD underwent a baseline 18 F-FDG PET/CT. Ten patients repeated 18 F-FDG PET/CT after immunosuppressive treatments. 18 F-FDG tissue uptake was measured using the standardized uptake value corrected for the partial volume effect (PVC-SUV) and the total lesion glycolysis (TLG) with (TLG tot+ln ) and without (TLG tot-ln ) lymph nodes. Disease activity was assessed by means of clinical parameters [IgG4-RD Responder Index (RI)], serological (ESR and CRP) and immunological (serum IgG4 and circulating plasmablasts) biomarkers. The enhanced liver fibrosis score was exploited as a biomarker for fibroblast activation. Thirteen (65%) patients had two or more organs affected by IgG4-RD. All patients had active IgG4-RD as defined by a median IgG4-RD RI value of 9 (range 6-15; normal < 3). Serum IgG4 and plasmablasts were elevated in 85% of patients. Circulating plasmablasts positively correlated with PVC-SUV (P = 0.027), inversely correlated with TLG tot-ln (P = 0.023) and did not correlate with TLG tot+ln (P > 0.05). No statistically significant correlation was found between PVC-SUV or TLG and IgG4-RD RI, ESR, CRP, serum IgG4 or enhanced liver fibrosis score (P > 0.05). Clinical response to immunosuppressive therapies was associated with a consensual reduction of circulating plasmablasts, PVC-SUV, TLG tot+ln and TLG tot-ln values (P < 0.05 for all comparisons). 18 F-FDG uptake of IgG4-RD lesions reflects immunological perturbations of the B cell compartment rather than fibroblast activation and extracellular matrix deposition. Conventional

  9. Multiscale Texture Analysis: From 18F-FDG PET Images to Histologic Images.

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    Orlhac, Fanny; Thézé, Benoit; Soussan, Michaël; Boisgard, Raphaël; Buvat, Irène

    2016-11-01

    Characterizing tumor heterogeneity using texture indices derived from PET images has shown promise in predicting treatment response and patient survival in some types of cancer. Yet, the relationship between PET-derived texture indices, precise tracer distribution, and biologic heterogeneity needs to be clarified. We investigated this relationship using PET images, autoradiographic images, and histologic images.

  10. (99m)Tc-DMSA (V) in Evaluation of Osteosarcoma: Comparative Studies with (18)F-FDG PET/CT in Detection of Primary and Malignant Lesions.

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    Bandopadhyaya, G P; Gupta, Priyanka; Singh, Archana; Shukla, Jaya; Rastogi, S; Kumar, Rakesh; Malhotra, Arun

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate the role of (99m)Tc-DMSA (V) and [(18)F]FDG PET-CT in management of patients with osteosarcoma, 22 patients were included in our study. All patients underwent both (99m)Tc-DMSA (V) and whole-body [(18)F]FDG PET-CT scans within an interval of 1 week. 555-740 MBq of (99m)Tc-DMSA (V) was injected i.v. the whole-body planar, SPECT images of primary site and chest were performed after 3-4 hours. [(18)F]FDG PET-CT images were obtained 60 minutes after i.v. injection of 370 MBq of F-18 FDG. Both FDG PET-CT (mean SUV(max) = 7.1) and DMSA (V) scans showed abnormal uptake at primary site in all the 22 patients (100% sensitivity for both). Whole-body PET-CT detected metastasis in 11 pts (lung mets in 10 and lung + bone mets in 1 patient). Whole-body planar DMSA (V) and SPECT detected bone metastasis in one patient, lung mets in 7 patients and LN in 1 patient. HRCT of chest confirmed lung mets in 10 patients and inflammatory lesion in one patient. 7 patients positive for mets on DMSA (V) scan had higher uptake in lung lesions as compared to FDG uptake on PET-CT. Three patients who did not show any DMSA uptake had subcentimeter lung nodule. Resuts of both (99m)Tc-DMSA (V) (whole-body planar and SPECT imaging) and [(18)F]FDG PET-CT were comparable in evaluation of primary site lesions and metastatic lesions greater than 1 cm. Though (99m)Tc-DMSA (V) had higher uptake in the lesions as compared to [(18)F]FDG PET-CT, the only advantage [(18)F]FDG PET-CT had was that it could also detect subcentimeter lesions.

  11. Diagnostic impact of integrated 18F-FDG PET/MRI in cerebral staging of patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Deuschl, Cornelius; Nensa, Felix; Grueneisen, Johannes; Poeppel, Thorsten D; Sawicki, Lino M; Heusch, Philipp; Gramsch, Carolin; Mönninghoff, Christoph; Quick, Harald H; Forsting, Michael; Umutlu, Lale; Schlamann, Marc

    2017-08-01

    Background Integrated positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) systems are increasingly being available and used for staging examinations. Brain metastases (BM) are frequent in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and decisive for treatment strategy. Purpose To assess the diagnostic value of integrated 18F-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D glucose (18F-FDG) PET/MRI in initial staging in patients with NSCLC for BM in comparison to MRI alone. Material and Methods Eighty-three patients were prospectively enrolled for an integrated 18F-FDG PET/MRI examination. The 3 T MRI protocol included a fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery sequence (FLAIR) and a contrast-enhanced three-dimensional magnetization prepared rapid acquisition GRE sequence (MPRAGE). Two neuroradiologists evaluated the datasets in consensus regarding: (i) present lesions; (ii) size of lesions; and (iii) number of lesions detected in MRI alone, compared to the PET component when reading the 18F-FDG PET/MRI. Results Based on MRI alone, BM were detected in 15 out of the 83 patients, comprising a total of 39 metastases. Based on PET alone, six patients out of the 83 patients were rated positive for metastatic disease, revealing a total of 15 metastases. PET detected no additional BM. The size of the BM correlated positively with sensitivity of detection in PET. Conclusion The sensitivity of PET in detection of BM depends on their size. 18F-FDG PET/MRI does not lead to an improvement in diagnostic accuracy in cerebral staging of NSCLC patients, as MRI alone remains the gold standard.

  12. Comparison of (18) F-FDG-PET-CT and Bone Scintigraphy for Evaluation of Osseous Metastases in Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent Osteosarcoma.

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    Hurley, Caitlin; McCarville, M Beth; Shulkin, Barry L; Mao, Shenghua; Wu, Jianrong; Navid, Fariba; Daw, Najat C; Pappo, Alberto S; Bishop, Michael W

    2016-08-01

    Bone scintigraphy (BS) is used to detect osseous metastases in osteosarcoma. (18) F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography-computed tomography ((18) F-FDG-PET-CT) is being increasingly used for staging. We compared the sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy of (18) F-FDG-PET-CT and BS for detecting osseous metastases in osteosarcoma. We retrospectively reviewed 39 patients with osteosarcoma who had paired PET-CT and BS at diagnosis and/or first recurrence from 2003 to 2012. Imaging studies were reviewed by two pediatric imaging specialists who were blinded to results of the opposing modality and reference standard. Reviewers categorized lesions as benign, malignant, or indeterminate. Reference standard for lesion histology was biopsy or clinical follow-up. Diagnostic performance of PET-CT, BS, and combined modalities were determined. There were 40 examinations from 39 patients and 65 distant lesions were evaluated. Median age was 12 years (range 5-19 years). Four patients had 15 osseous metastases at diagnosis (two biopsied and 13 clinically), and two had five osseous metastases at recurrence (one biopsied and five clinically). For distant sites, sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy were 79%, 89% and 86% for PET-CT, 32%, 96%, and 77% for BS, and 95%, 85%, and 88% for PET-CT/BS combined. Sensitivity of PET-CT was superior to BS (P = 0.035); combined imaging modalities were superior to BS (P < 0.001) but not better than PET-CT alone (P = 0.25). Specificity for BS approached significance compared to combined imaging (P = 0.063). Examination-based analysis yielded similar results between individual and combined imaging modalities. (18) F-FDG-PET-CT demonstrated superior sensitivity over BS for detecting osseous metastases, supporting the use of (18) F-FDG-PET-CT for staging of osteosarcoma. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Analysis of NSCLC tumour heterogeneity, proliferative and 18F-FDG PET indices reveals Ki67 prognostic role in adenocarcinomas.

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    Del Gobbo, Alessandro; Pellegrinelli, Alessio; Gaudioso, Gabriella; Castellani, Massimo; Zito Marino, Federica; Franco, Renato; Palleschi, Alessandro; Nosotti, Mario; Bosari, Silvano; Vaira, Valentina; Ferrero, Stefano

    2016-04-01

    The role of tumour metabolic and proliferative indices in predicting non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients' prognosis is unclear. We correlated fluorine 18 ((18) F)-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) value and Ki67 index to patients' survival, taking into account tumour heterogeneity, disease characteristics and genetic aberrations. A series of 383 NSCLCs was arranged into tissue microarrays and Ki67 staining was analysed by immunohistochemistry. The maximum standardized uptake (SUV(MAX) ) value detected by (18) F-FDG-PET analysis was calculated over a region of interest. Large-cell and squamous cell carcinomas had higher proliferative and metabolic activities than adenocarcinomas, and the two measures were correlated significantly. The hot-spot Ki67 value was correlated with patients' survival and the cut-off to discriminate patients in the survival risk groups was 20%. Ki67 hot-spot values were greater in anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearranged tumours. Adenocarcinomas showed the highest intratumour heterogeneity in proliferative activity and the hot-spot Ki67 value predicted only the prognosis of patients in this group. Although tumour metabolic activity was not associated with patients' prognosis, a SUV(MAX) > 2 was related to nodal metastases, tumour size and grade. Our results highlight how tumour heterogeneity influences evaluation of prognostic biomarkers. Our data support Ki67 evaluation to estimate NSCLC patients' prognosis, particularly for adenocarcinoma. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  14. [Influence of photon scattering on the quantification of relative changes in longitudinal brain PET studies with 18F-FDG].

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    Aguiar Fernández, P; Falcón Falcón, C; Crespo Vázquez, C; Cot Sanz, A; Lomeña Caballero, F; Pavía Segura, J; Ros Puig, D

    2005-01-01

    To study the effect of photon scattering on the quantification of relative changes of 18F-FDG uptake in longitudinal brain PET studies. Two studies from a numerical Zubal phantom were simulated. One of these was a basal reference study and the other was an activated study showing an increase or decrease in the uptake in a region of the anterior cingulated cortex. SimSET Monte Carlo code was used to simulate PET sinograms. Primary photons, which did not undergo interactions, and scattered photons, which underwent one or more interactions, were stored in separate files to assess the effect of scattering. Reconstruction was carried out using an iterative algorithm based on ordered subsets of projections (OSEM-2D). The relative changes in uptake were calculated from images reconstructed with all the photons (primary and scattered) and from images reconstructed with only primary photons. A linear relationship between the calculated and theoretical values was obtained both for the images reconstructed with all the photons and for those reconstructed with primary photons. Our findings show a relative change recovery of 79% +/- 0.4% for all photons and 91% +/- 0.5% for primary photons only. Our results highlight subestimation of relative changes of 12% +/- 0.7% when scattered photons are used. Thus the importance of correcting this degradation in order to improve quantification is shown.

  15. Variability of [18F]FDG administered activities among patients undergoing PET examinations: an international multicenter survey.

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    Del Sole, Angelo; Lecchi, Michela; Lucignani, Giovanni

    2016-03-01

    Given the large number of [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET examinations performed annually throughout the world, reduction of the administered activity without compromise of the clinical information being sought is encouraged. Guidelines issued by the SNMMI and European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) differ greatly on the choice of the activity that should be administered to patients: the EANM suggests a personalised activity based on the patient's body weight, whereas the SNMMI recommends the administration of fixed activities. The authors analysed a database of 24 716 [(18)F]FDG administrations performed worldwide in 15 PET centres to assess the degree of heterogeneity, in relation to available technology, operational protocols and reference guidelines. Median activities based on the patients' body weight were 43 % lower than fixed-activity administrations (p < 0.001). When TOF scanners are available, the median activity is lowered, but when comparing centres with the same technology or those that use the same operational protocols, weight-based activities are still significantly lower than fixed activities.

  16. Changes of metabolism and functional connectivity in late-onset deafness: Evidence from cerebral (18)F-FDG-PET.

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    Verger, Antoine; Roman, Stéphane; Chaudat, Rose-May; Felician, Olivier; Ceccaldi, Mathieu; Didic, Mira; Guedj, Eric

    2017-09-01

    Hearing loss is known to impact brain function. The aim of this study was to characterize cerebral metabolic Positron Emission Tomography (PET) changes in elderly patients fulfilling criteria for cochlear implant and investigate the impact of hearing loss on functional connectivity. Statistical Parametric Mapping-T-scores-maps comparisons of (18)F-FDG-PET of 27 elderly patients fulfilling criteria for cochlear implant for hearing loss (best-aided speech intelligibility lower or equal to 50%) and 27 matched healthy subjects (p < 0.005, corrected for volume extent) were performed. Metabolic connectivity was evaluated through interregional correlation analysis. Patients were found to have decreased metabolism within the right associative auditory cortex, while increased metabolism was found in prefrontal areas, pre- and post-central areas, the cingulum and the left inferior parietal gyrus. The right associative auditory cortex was integrated into a network of increased metabolic connectivity that included pre- and post-central areas, the cingulum, the right inferior parietal gyrus, as well as the striatum on both sides. Metabolic values of the right associative auditory cortex and left inferior parietal gyrus were positively correlated with performance on neuropsychological test scores. These findings provide further insight into the reorganization of the connectome through sensory loss and compensatory mechanisms in elderly patients with severe hearing loss. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes in lung cancer patients: preoperative characterization with 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Sung, Yon Mi; Lee, Kyung Soo; Kim, Byung-Tae; Kim, Seonwoo; Kwon, O Jung; Choi, Joon Young; Yang, Seoung-Oh

    2008-01-01

    Our purpose was to evaluate the usefulness of integrated 18F-FDG PET/CT in the detection and characterization of nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph node metastasis in patients with the initial diagnosis of lung cancer. This study was conducted from May 2005 to May 2006 and included 32 consecutively registered lung cancer patients in whom supraclavicular lymph nodes were not palpable but were identified on contrast-enhanced CT or exhibited increased FDG uptake on integrated PET/CT. Three patients had bilateral nodes, for a total of 35 nodes in the 32 patients. Results of cytologic analysis of a specimen obtained with sonographically guided fine-needle aspiration (n = 27), normal initial and follow-up sonographic findings (n = 3), and no change in the size of supraclavicular lymph nodes on follow-up sonography (n = 2) were the reference standards. The presence of supraclavicular lymph node metastasis was determined with integrated PET/CT (uptake greater than that of surrounding tissue) and contrast-enhanced CT (node short-axis diameter of 5 mm or more). The diagnostic efficacies of these methods in the detection of supraclavicular lymph node metastasis were compared. Supraclavicular lymph node metastasis was diagnosed cytologically in 12 (34%) of 35 lesions. The diagnostic accuracies of integrated PET/CT and contrast-enhanced CT in the detection of supraclavicular lymph node metastasis were 71% and 66%, respectively; the difference was not statistically significant. Although the difference was not statistically significant, the sensitivity (92%) and negative predictive value (93%) of integrated PET/CT were higher than those of contrast-enhanced CT. Because of its high sensitivity and negative predictive value, integrated PET/CT is useful in the detection and characterization of nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes in lung cancer patients.

  18. Non-invasive (89)Zr-Transferrin PET Shows Improved Tumor Targeting Compared to (18)F-FDG PET in MYC-overexpressing Human Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

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    Henry, Kelly E; Dilling, Thomas R; Abdel-Atti, Dalya; Edwards, Kimberly J; Evans, Michael J; Lewis, Jason S

    2017-08-28

    The current standard for breast positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG). The heterogeneity of (18)F-FDG uptake in breast cancer limits its utility, varying greatly among receptor status, histopathological subtypes, and proliferation markers. (18)F-FDG PET often exhibits non-specific internalization and low specificity and sensitivity, especially with tumors < 1 cm(3) MYC is a protein involved in oncogenesis and is overexpressed in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Increased surface expression of transferrin receptor (TfR) is a downstream event of MYC upregulation, and has been validated as a clinically relevant target for molecular imaging. Transferrin (Tf) labeled with zirconium-89 ((89)Zr) has successfully identified MYC status in many cancer subtypes preclinically, and been shown to predict response and changes in oncogene status via treatment with small molecule inhibitors that target MYC and PI3K signaling pathways. We hypothesized that (89)Zr-Tf PET will non-invasively detect MYC and TfR and improve upon the current standard of (18)F-FDG PET for MYC-overexpressing TNBC. Methods: In this study, (89)Zr-Tf and (18)F-FDG imaging were compared in preclinical models of TNBC. TNBC cells (MDA-MB-157, MBA-MB-231, and Hs578T) were treated with bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) inhibitors JQ1 and OTX015 (0.5-1 μM). Cell proliferation, gene expression, and protein expression were assayed to explore the effects of these inhibitors on MYC and TfR. Results: Head-to-head comparison showed that (89)Zr-Tf targets TNBC tumors significantly better (P < 0.05 - 0.001) than (18)F-FDG through PET imaging and biodistribution studies in MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-157 xenografts and a patient-derived xenograft model of TNBC. MYC and TfR gene expression were decreased upon treatment with BRD4 inhibitors and c-MYC small interfering RNA (siRNA) (P < 0.01 - 0.001 for responding cell lines) compared to vehicle-treatment. MYC and TfR protein

  19. A Comparison between 18F-FDG PET/CT Imaging and Biological and Radiological Findings in Restaging of Hepatoblastoma Patients

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    Treglia, Giorgio; Pagano, Manuela; Fania, Piercarlo; Basso, Maria Eleonora; Fagioli, Franca; Ficola, Umberto

    2013-01-01

    Background. In this study we retrospectively evaluated if 18F-FDG-PET/CT provided incremental diagnostic information over CI in a group of hepatoblastoma patients performing restaging. Procedure. Nine patients (mean age: 5.9 years; range: 3.1–12 years) surgically treated for hepatoblastoma were followed up by clinical examination, serum α-FP monitoring, and US. CI (CT or MRI) and PET/CT were performed in case of suspicion of relapse. Fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNAB) were carried out for final confirmation if the results of CI, PET/CT, and/or α-FP levels were suggestive of relapse. PET/CT and CI findings were analyzed for comparison purposes, using FNAB as reference standard. Results. α-FP level was suggestive of disease recurrence in 8/9 patients. Biopsy was performed in 8/9 cases. CI and PET/CT resulted to be concordant in 5/9 patients (CI identified recurrence of disease, but 18F-FDG-PET/CT provided a better definition of disease extent); in 4/9 cases, CI diagnostic information resulted in negative findings, whereas PET/CT correctly detected recurrence of disease. 18F-FDG-PET/CT showed an agreement of 100% (8/8) with FNAB results. Conclusions. 18F-FDG-PET/CT scan seems to better assess HB patients with respect to CI and may provide incremental diagnostic value in the restaging of this group of patients. PMID:24063012

  20. Role of 18F-FDG PET in the management of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia.

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    Mapelli, P; Mangili, G; Picchio, M; Gentile, C; Rabaiotti, E; Giorgione, V; Spinapolice, E G; Gianolli, L; Messa, C; Candiani, M

    2013-04-01

    Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) is a rare and aggressive tumour that is usually sensitive to chemotherapy. The usefulness of conventional imaging modalities in evaluating treatment response is limited, mainly due to the difficulty in differentiating between residual tumour tissue and necrosis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of FDG PET or PET/CT in primary staging and in monitoring treatment efficacy. The effect of FDG PET and combined PET/CT on the management of patients with GTN was also evaluated comparing the differences between standard treatments based on conventional imaging and alternative treatments based on PET. This retrospective study included 41 patients with GTN referred to San Raffaele Hospital between 2002 and 2010. All patients were studied by either PET or PET/CT in addition to conventional imaging. Of the 41 patients, 38 were evaluated for primary staging of GTN and 3 patients for chemotherapy resistance after first-line chemotherapy performed in other Institutions. To validate the PET data, PET and PET/CT findings were compared with those from conventional imaging, including transvaginal ultrasonography (TV-US) in those with uterine disease, CT and chest plain radiography in those with lung disease and whole-body CT in those with systemic metastases. Conventional imaging was considered positive for the presence of uterine disease and/or metastases when abnormal findings relating to GTN were reported. PET and PET/CT were considered concordant with conventional imaging when metabolic active disease was detected at the sites corresponding to the pathological findings on conventional imaging. In addition, in 12 of the 41 patients showing extrauterine disease, FDG PET/CT was repeated to monitor treatment efficacy, in 8 after normalization of beta human chorionic gonadotropin (βHCG) and in 4 with βHCG resistance. In some patients, PET or PET/CT findings led to an alternative nonconventional treatment, and this was

  1. Addition of 18F-FDG-PET scans to radiotherapy planning of thoracic lymphoma.

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    Lee, Young K; Cook, Gary; Flower, Maggie A; Rowbottom, Carl; Shahidi, Mehdi; Sharma, Bhupinder; Webb, Steve

    2004-12-01

    FDG-PET possesses greater sensitivity and accuracy than computed tomography (CT) in detecting diseased lymph nodes. Though the FDG-PET scans are acquired for similar diagnostic reasons as CT, they are not used in the radiotherapy (RT) planning process. Successful tumourcidal dose is usually delivered but large volumes of normal and non-malignant tissues are irradiated due to the nature of lymphoma and also to the subjectivity of the field determining process. This study tries to lessen the subjectivity of the field determining process by the addition of currently acquired PET to the conventional thoracic lymphoma RT. The differences between retrospectively delineated volumes from CT and FDG-PET were compared and the effect of this additional information was evaluated. Seventeen FDG-PET scans were registered to corresponding CT scans using rigid-body registration with negligible intra-observer variability. Comparisons were made between the volumes, lateral extensions and the most inferior point of the delineated gross tumour volumes (GTVs). For 1/17 patient data, no diseased volumes were delineated and in 6/17, no volumes were delineated on PET and yet in CT, masses up to 367.2 cm3 were outlined. From the 10 positive-CT and PET data, the GTV(PET) were smaller than GTV(CT) in six cases. Greater than 3.0 cm lateral disease extension differences were observed in 4/10 cases. Inferior tumour extents were confirmed in 6/10 cases whereas in 2/10 patients GTV(CT) was greater than 12.0 cm inferior compared to GTV(PET). FDG-PET data can be introduced to current thoracic lymphoma RT planning protocol with minimal intervention and changes. The subjectivity in the RT planning of thoracic lymphoma would be decreased with the addition of currently acquired FDG-PET data.

  2. Dual time-point (18)F-FDG PET/CT to assess response to radiofrequency ablation of lung metastases.

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    Lafuente, S; Fuster, D; Arguis, P; Granados, U; Perlaza, P; Paredes, P; Vollmer, I; Sánchez, M; Lomeña, F

    2016-01-01

    To establish the usefulness of dual time-point PET/CT imaging in determining the response to radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of solitary lung metastases from gastrointestinal cancer. This prospective study included 18 cases (3 female, 15 male, mean age 71±15 yrs) with solitary lung metastases from malignant digestive tract tumors candidates for RFA. PET/CT images 1h after injection of 4.07MBq/kg of (18)F-FDG (standard images) were performed at baseline, 1 month, and 3 months after RFA. PET/CT images 2h after injection centered in the thorax at 1 month after RFA were also performed (delayed images). A retention index (RI) of dual time-point images was calculated as follows: RI=(SUVmax delayed image-SUVmax standard image/SUVmax standard image)*100. Pathological confirmation of residual tumor by histology of the treated lesion was considered as local recurrence. A negative imaging follow-up was considered as complete response. Local recurrence was found in 6/18 lesions, and complete response in the remaining 12. The mean percentage change in SUVmax at 1 month and at 3 months showed a sensitivity and specificity for PET/CT of 50% and 33%, and 67% and 92%, respectively. The RI at 1 month after RFA showed a sensitivity and specificity of 83% and 92%, respectively. Dual time point PET/CT can predict the outcome at one month after RFA in lung metastases from digestive tract cancers. The RI can be used to indicate the need for further procedures to rule out persistent tumor due to incomplete RFA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  3. [(68)Ga]Pentixafor-PET/CT for imaging of chemokine receptor CXCR4 expression in multiple myeloma - Comparison to [(18)F]FDG and laboratory values.

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    Lapa, Constantin; Schreder, Martin; Schirbel, Andreas; Samnick, Samuel; Kortüm, Klaus Martin; Herrmann, Ken; Kropf, Saskia; Einsele, Herrmann; Buck, Andreas K; Wester, Hans-Jürgen; Knop, Stefan; Lückerath, Katharina

    2017-01-01

    Chemokine (C-X-C motif) receptor 4 (CXCR4) is a key factor for tumor growth and metastasis in several types of human cancer including multiple myeloma (MM). Proof-of-concept of CXCR4-directed radionuclide therapy in MM has recently been reported. This study assessed the diagnostic performance of the CXCR4-directed radiotracer [(68)Ga]Pentixafor in MM and a potential role for stratifying patients to CXCR4-directed therapies. Thirty-five patients with MM underwent [(68)Ga]Pentixafor-PET/CT for evaluation of eligibility for endoradiotherapy. In 19/35 cases, [(18)F]FDG-PET/CT for correlation was available. Scans were compared on a patient and on a lesion basis. Tracer uptake was correlated with standard clinical parameters of disease activity. [(68)Ga]Pentixafor-PET detected CXCR4-positive disease in 23/35 subjects (66%). CXCR4-positivity at PET was independent from myeloma subtypes, cytogenetics or any serological parameters and turned out as a negative prognostic factor. In the 19 patients in whom a comparison to [(18)F]FDG was available, [(68)Ga]Pentixafor-PET detected more lesions in 4/19 (21%) subjects, [(18)F]FDG proved superior in 7/19 (37%). In the remaining 8/19 (42%) patients, both tracers detected an equal number of lesions. [(18)F]FDG-PET positivity correlated with [(68)Ga]Pentixafor-PET positivity (p=0.018). [(68)Ga]Pentixafor-PET provides further evidence that CXCR4 expression frequently occurs in advanced multiple myeloma, representing a negative prognostic factor and a potential target for myeloma specific treatment. However, selecting patients for CXCR4 directed therapies and prognostic stratification seem to be more relevant clinical applications for this novel imaging modality, rather than diagnostic imaging of myeloma.

  4. [68Ga]Pentixafor-PET/CT for imaging of chemokine receptor CXCR4 expression in multiple myeloma - Comparison to [18F]FDG and laboratory values

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    Lapa, Constantin; Schreder, Martin; Schirbel, Andreas; Samnick, Samuel; Kortüm, Klaus Martin; Herrmann, Ken; Kropf, Saskia; Einsele, Herrmann; Buck, Andreas K.; Wester, Hans-Jürgen; Knop, Stefan; Lückerath, Katharina

    2017-01-01

    Chemokine (C-X-C motif) receptor 4 (CXCR4) is a key factor for tumor growth and metastasis in several types of human cancer including multiple myeloma (MM). Proof-of-concept of CXCR4-directed radionuclide therapy in MM has recently been reported. This study assessed the diagnostic performance of the CXCR4-directed radiotracer [68Ga]Pentixafor in MM and a potential role for stratifying patients to CXCR4-directed therapies. Thirty-five patients with MM underwent [68Ga]Pentixafor-PET/CT for evaluation of eligibility for endoradiotherapy. In 19/35 cases, [18F]FDG-PET/CT for correlation was available. Scans were compared on a patient and on a lesion basis. Tracer uptake was correlated with standard clinical parameters of disease activity. [68Ga]Pentixafor-PET detected CXCR4-positive disease in 23/35 subjects (66%). CXCR4-positivity at PET was independent from myeloma subtypes, cytogenetics or any serological parameters and turned out as a negative prognostic factor. In the 19 patients in whom a comparison to [18F]FDG was available, [68Ga]Pentixafor-PET detected more lesions in 4/19 (21%) subjects, [18F]FDG proved superior in 7/19 (37%). In the remaining 8/19 (42%) patients, both tracers detected an equal number of lesions. [18F]FDG-PET positivity correlated with [68Ga]Pentixafor-PET positivity (p=0.018). [68Ga]Pentixafor-PET provides further evidence that CXCR4 expression frequently occurs in advanced multiple myeloma, representing a negative prognostic factor and a potential target for myeloma specific treatment. However, selecting patients for CXCR4 directed therapies and prognostic stratification seem to be more relevant clinical applications for this novel imaging modality, rather than diagnostic imaging of myeloma. PMID:28042328

  5. The effective dose result of 18F-FDG PET-CT paediatric patients

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    Hussin, D.; Said, M. A.; Ali, N. S.; Tajuddin, A. A.; Zainon, R.

    2017-05-01

    Paediatric patient received high exposure from both CT and PET examination. Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) is important in CT dose reduction. This study aimed to compare the effective dose obtained from PET-CT scanner with and without the use of AEC function. In this study, 68 patients underwent PET-CT examination without the use of AEC function, while 25 patients used the AEC function during the examination. Patients involved in this study were between 2 to 15 years old with varies of malignancies and epilepsy diseases. The effective dose obtained from PET and CT examinations was calculated based on recommendation from International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Publication 106 and ICRP publication 102. The outcome of this study shows that the radiation dose was reduced up to 20% with the use of AEC function. The mean average of effective dose result obtained from PET and CT examinations without the use of AEC and AEC function were found to be as 6.67 mSv, 6.77 mSv, 6.03mSv and 4.96 mSv respectively. Where total effective dose result of PET-CT with non-AEC and AEC were found to be 13.44 mSv and 10.99 mSv respectively. Conclusion of this study is, the installation of AEC function in PET-CT machine does play important role in CT dose reduction especially for paediatric patient.

  6. Benefits of respiratory-gated 18F-FDG PET acquisition in lung disease.

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    Bailly, Pascal; Bouzerar, Roger; Shields, Trevor; Meyer, Marc-Etienne; Daouk, Joël

    2017-10-03

    Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) PET/computed tomography (CT) is a reliable imaging modality for the diagnosis of malignant lung nodules and to assess the latter's prognosis. However, physiological respiratory motion deteriorates PET images and thus decreases the technique's diagnostic and prognostic values. This issue can be overcome by applying respiratory gating to the F-FDG PET/CT acquisitions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of respiratory-gated F-FDG PET/CT to diagnose malignant lung nodules and to predict recurrence and patient survival. A total of 103 prospectively enrolled patients with solid lung nodules underwent both ungated and gated F-FDG PET/CT acquisitions. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) was used to differentiate benign from malignant nodules. Patients have been followed up for at least 36 months to confirm imaging results and assess survival. Gated F-FDG PET/CT was significantly more sensitive than ungated PET/CT for the diagnosis of malignant lung nodules located in the lower lobes (92 vs. 58%; P<0.001) and in patients aged older than 60 years (73 vs. 48%; P<0.001). The same gain was observed for stage I cancers with tumors from 10 to 20 mm. When considering patients aged older than 60 years, those with a low SUVmax on gated PET images had a significantly higher 3-year disease-free survival rate than those with a high SUVmax (76 vs. 47%; P=0.03). F-FDG PET/CT is advisable for the assessment of lung nodules in patients aged older than 60 years and/or in the lower lobes.

  7. Abnormal 18 F-FDG and 82 Rb PET Findings in Chagas Heart Disease.

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    Salimy, Medhi S; Parwani, Purvi J; Mukai, Kanae; Pampaloni, Miguel Hernandez; Flavell, Robert R

    2017-03-03

    Uptake of the radiopharmaceutical F-FDG visualized by PET imaging can reflect abnormal myocardial inflammation. When utilized in conjunction with other imaging modalities, such as echocardiography, PET F-FDG imaging can help distinguish between active cardiac sarcoidosis and other etiologies of nonischemic cardiomyopathy. We present a case of a 46-year-old man with nonischemic cardiomyopathy and ventricular tachycardia who underwent an echocardiogram suggestive of cardiac Chagas disease. A subsequent F-FDG PET demonstrated abnormal hypermetabolism. The diagnosis was confirmed by positive serologic examination results.

  8. Radiation dosimetry of 18F-FDG PET/CT: incorporating exam-specific parameters in dose estimates.

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    Quinn, Brian; Dauer, Zak; Pandit-Taskar, Neeta; Schoder, Heiko; Dauer, Lawrence T

    2016-06-18

    Whole body fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is the standard of care in oncologic diagnosis and staging, and patient radiation dose must be well understood to balance exam benefits with the risk from radiation exposure. Although reference PET/CT patient doses are available, the potential for widely varying total dose prompts evaluation of clinic-specific patient dose. The aims of this study were to use exam-specific information to characterize the radiation dosimetry of PET/CT exams that used two different CT techniques for adult oncology patients and evaluate the practicality of employing an exam-specific approach to dose estimation. Whole body PET/CT scans from two sets of consecutive adult patients were retrospectively reviewed. One set received a PET scan with a standard registration CT and the other a PET scan with a diagnostic quality CT. PET dose was calculated by modifying the standard reference phantoms in OLINDA/EXM 1.1 with patient-specific organ mass. CT dose was calculated using patient-specific data in ImPACT. International Commission on Radiological Protection publication 103 tissue weighting coefficients were used for effective dose. One hundred eighty three adult scans were evaluated (95 men, 88 women). The mean patient-specific effective dose from a mean injected 18F-FDG activity of 450 ± 32 MBq was 9.0 ± 1.6 mSv. For all standard PET/CT patients, mean effective mAs was 39 ± 11 mAs, mean CT effective dose was 5.0 ± 1.0 mSv and mean total effective dose was 14 ± 1.3 mSv. For all diagnostic PET/CT patients, mean effective mAs was 120 ± 51 mAs, mean CT effective dose was 15.4 ± 5.0 mSv and mean total effective dose was 24.4 ± 4.3 mSv. The five organs receiving the highest organ equivalent doses in all exams were bladder, heart, brain, liver and lungs. Patient-specific parameters optimize the patient dosimetry utilized in the medical justification of

  9. Unusual Horner's Syndrome in Recurrent Breast Cancer: Evaluation Using (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Park, Sohyun; Kim, Tae Sung; Kim, Seok-Ki

    2017-03-01

    (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is a widely used imaging modality in the initial diagnosis of cancer, treatment response evaluation and detection of recurrence. Herein, we present the case of a 39-year-old female who presented right ptosis on the follow-up of breast cancer after surgery. Clinicians suspected Horner's syndrome, and the patient underwent FDG PET/CT for the evaluation of recurrence that could cause Horner's syndrome. FDG PET/CT demonstrated a focal hypermetabolic lesion in the right cervicothoracic junction area, corresponding to the preganglionic cervical sympathetic trunk. A subsequent needle biopsy was done, and the lesion was confirmed as metastatic ductal carcinoma. In this case, we could detect the exact location of the recurring lesion that caused Horner's syndrome using FDG PET/CT.

  10. Sensitivity of 18F-FDG PET in evaluation of solitary pulmonary nodules

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    Yilmaz, Farise; Tastekin, Gungor

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: The solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) may be an early sign of lung cancer. Due to the difficulties of radiological imaging techniques in differentiation of benign/malignant nodules, functional imaging techniques like PET-CT are required in patients diagnosed with SPN. The aim of this study was the evaluation of the role of PET-CT in differentiation of malignant/benign SPN by some characteristic findings in PET-CT. Moreover, among the nodules with histopathologically diagnosed as benign, malignant or metastatic, the SUVmax and Hounsfield Units (HU) of PET-CT imaging were also aimed to be compared to assess the role of PET-CT in discrimination of malignant/benign SPN. Material and method: Among the patients evaluated with PET-CT with the pre-diagnosis of pulmonary nodule or non-pulmonary malignancies, between July 2010 and January 2012, in Konya University Meram Medical School Nuclear Medicine Department, 241 patients (167 male, 74 female) diagnosed with pulmonary nodule were enrolled in the study. In visual evaluation of PET-CT of all patients, there was only one nodule in lung parenchyma. The diameter in cm, location as central or peripheral, regularity of borders, presence of calcification and HU and Maximum standardized uptake values (SUVmax) values with quantitative analysis of all nodules was recorded. The histopathological evaluation of nodules was available in 91 of those 241 patients and they were also recorded. Results: In comparison of mean SUVmax values in regards to the characteristic findings of nodules in PET-CT, the mean SUVmax value of patients was statistically significantly higher in patients with the nodule diameter ≥1 cm, centrally located nodules, or nodules with irregular borders. Conclusion: In malignant/benign differentiation of solitary pulmonary nodules with the diameter of higher than 1 cm, PET-CT plays an essential role; however, for the nodules smaller than 1 cm in diameter, in small, single metastatic nodules and some

  11. (18)F-FDG PET/CT and functional MRI in a case of crossed logopenic primary progressive aphasia.

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    Cabrera-Martín, M N; Matías-Guiu, J A; Yus-Fuertes, M; Valles-Salgado, M; Moreno-Ramos, T; Matías-Guiu, J; Carreras Delgado, J L

    Primary progressive aphasia is a clinical syndrome caused by a neurodegeneration of areas and neural networks involved in language, usually in the left hemisphere. The term "crossed aphasia" denotes an acquired language dysfunction caused by a lesion in the hemisphere ipsilateral to the dominant hand. A case is presented on a 75-year-old right-handed woman with a logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia with word-finding difficulties of 2 years onset. The (18)F-FDG PET/CT showed right temporoparietal hypometabolism. A functional MRI scan was performed during a verb naming task in order to characterise language lateralisation patterns. A similar activation pattern was observed in both hemispheres, with less activation than expected in bilateral inferior frontal gyrus. These findings support that logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia should not be considered as a neurodegeneration starting in the left brain hemisphere, but as a syndrome characterised by asymmetric neurodegeneration of brain regions and neural networks involved in language.

  12. Comparison of Tumor Uptake Heterogeneity Characterization Between Static and Parametric 18F-FDG PET Images in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

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    Tixier, Florent; Vriens, Dennis; Cheze-Le Rest, Catherine; Hatt, Mathieu; Disselhorst, Jonathan A; Oyen, Wim J G; de Geus-Oei, Lioe-Fee; Visser, Eric P; Visvikis, Dimitris

    2016-07-01

    (18)F-FDG PET is well established in the field of oncology for diagnosis and staging purposes and is increasingly being used to assess therapeutic response and prognosis. Many quantitative indices can be used to characterize tumors on (18)F-FDG PET images, such as SUVmax, metabolically active tumor volume (MATV), total lesion glycolysis, and, more recently, the proposed intratumor uptake heterogeneity features. Although most PET data considered within this context concern the analysis of activity distribution using images obtained from a single static acquisition, parametric images generated from dynamic acquisitions and reflecting radiotracer kinetics may provide additional information. The purpose of this study was to quantify differences between volumetry, uptake, and heterogeneity features extracted from static and parametric PET images of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) in order to provide insight on the potential added value of parametric images. Dynamic (18)F-FDG PET/CT was performed on 20 therapy-naive NSCLC patients for whom primary surgical resection was planned. Both static and parametric PET images were analyzed, with quantitative parameters (MATV, SUVmax, SUVmean, heterogeneity) being extracted from the segmented tumors. Differences were investigated using Spearman rank correlation and Bland-Altman analysis. MATV was slightly smaller on static images (-2% ± 7%), but the difference was not significant (P = 0.14). All derived parameters, including those characterizing tumor functional heterogeneity, correlated strongly between static and parametric images (r = 0.70-0.98, P ≤ 0.0006), exhibiting differences of less than ±25%. In NSCLC primary tumors, parametric and static baseline (18)F-FDG PET images provided strongly correlated quantitative features for both standard (MATV, SUVmax, SUVmean) and heterogeneity quantification. Consequently, heterogeneity quantification on parametric images does not seem to provide significant complementary

  13. Prognostic value of metabolic variables of [18F]FDG PET/CT in surgically resected stage I lung adenocarcinoma.

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    Wang, Xiao-Yi; Zhao, Yan-Feng; Liu, Ying; Yang, Yi-Kun; Wu, Ning

    2017-09-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the prognostic value of metabolic tumor burden measured by positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with stage I lung adenocarcinoma.We reviewed 127 consecutive patients with pathologically proven stage I lung adenocarcinoma who underwent pretreatment [18F]FDG PET/CT scans in our hospital from 2005 June to 2012 June. The maximum, mean, and peak standardized uptake value (SUVmax, SUVmean, and SUVpeak), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), and computed tomography volume (CTV) were measured. The Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards model were used with age, gender, TNM stage, clinical stage, histological grade, nodule type, tumor size, and metabolic parameters to predict progression-free survival (PFS). The cut-off point was determined through receiver-operating characteristic curve.In univariate analysis, the histological grade, nodule type, diameter (cut-off value of 2.0 cm), CTV (6.56 cm), SUVmax (3.25 g/mL), SUVmean (1.58 g/mL), SUVpeak (1.84 g/mL), MTV (4.80 cm), and TLG (10.40) were significantly associated with PFS (all P value < .05). Patients with poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, solid nodule type, large size, and high metabolic tumor burden were associated with poor prognosis. In multivariate analysis, only histological grade was independent prognostic factors for progression with a P value of .005 (RR, 0.355; 95% CI, 0.173-0.728). Among 5 PET/CT metabolic parameters, only MTV was independent prognostic factors for progression with a P value of .031 (RR, 1.118; 95% CI, 1.010-1.237).Histological grade was an independent predictor for progression in patients with stage I lung adenocarcinoma. Among 5 PET/CT metabolic parameters, only MTV was an independent predictor for progression.

  14. A rare adult renal neuroblastoma better imaged by (18)F-FDG than by (68)Ga-dotanoc in the PET/CT scan.

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    Jain, Tarun Kumar; Singh, Sharwan Kumar; Sood, Ashwani; Ashwathanarayama, Abhiram Gj; Basher, Rajender Kumar; Shukla, Jaya; Mittal, Bhagwant Rai

    2017-03-20

    Primary renal neuroblastoma is an uncommon tumor in children and extremely rare in adults. We present a case of a middle aged female having a large retroperitoneal mass involving the right kidney with features of neuroblastoma on pre-operative histopathology. Whole-body fluorine-18-fluoro-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) and (68)Ga-dotanoc PET/CT scans performed for staging and therapeutic potential revealed a tracer avid mass replacing the right kidney and also pelvic lymph nodes. The (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan showed better both the primary lesion and the metastases in the pelvic lymph nodes than the (68)Ga-dotanoc scan supporting diagnosis and treatment planning.

  15. Case report of primary renal pelvis squamous cell carcinoma coexisting with long-standing calculi in left kidney on 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Deng, Shengming; Zhang, Bin; Huang, Ying; Li, Jihui; Sang, Shibiao; Zhang, Wei

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Rationale: Primary renal pelvis squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is an extremely rare neoplasm. In many patients, the SCC was associated with renal calculi. Patient concerns: A 61-year-old male presented with intermittent pain at the left lumbar region for 3 days. The PET/CT images demonstrated increased 18F-FDG uptake in the upper pole of the left kidney and left renal hilar lymph nodes. Diagnoses: Pathologic examination revealed well-moderately differentiated renal pelvis SCC with lymphatic metastasis. Interventions: The patient underwent a left nephrectomy a few days after the initial staging PET/CT study. Outcomes: No growing lesion or metastasis was observed during a 6-month follow-up. Lessons: Our case demonstrates that 18F-FDG PET/CT is a useful diagnostic tool to evaluate primary renal pelvic SCC and detect metastatic lymph nodes in patients with long-standing calculi. PMID:28296764

  16. The role of 18F-FDG-PET/ceCT in peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Dubreuil, Julien; Giammarile, Francesco; Rousset, Pascal; Rubello, Domenico; Bakrin, Naoual; Passot, Guillaume; Isaac, Sylvie; Glehen, Olivier; Skanjeti, Andrea

    2017-04-01

    The aim of this study was to assess glucose metabolism of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma and epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma by fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG)-PET/contrast-enhanced computed tomography (ceCT) and to assess its prognostic impact. Twenty-three (14 women) patients, without previous treatment, underwent F-FDG-PET/ceCT before peritoneal mesothelioma cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy. F-FDG-PET/ceCT was interpreted prospectively as positive or negative. Maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of each lesion was measured retrospectively on the basis of postsurgery data. At laparotomy, disease extension was estimated with the Peritoneal Cancer Index. The median follow-up was 27 months (95% confidence interval: 12.9-37.8); progression-free survival (PFS) was recorded. Nine patients were affected by multicystic and 14 were affected by epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma. PET showed mild focal uptake in one case of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma, whereas in eight patients, no abnormal uptake was observed. PET was positive in 12/14 patients with epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were respectively 86, 89 and 87%; the qualitative assessment was statistically different (P=0.0020, χ). Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma histology was significantly associated with lower SUVmaxlesion (P=0.0061), SUVmaxlesion/liver (P=0.0025), Peritoneal Cancer Index, younger age, and it was observed only in women.Recurrence was observed on nine patients affected by epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma, whereas no recurrences were observed among multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma patients. SUVmaxlesion (P=0.0278) and age (P=0.0241) were significantly associated with PFS in patients with epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma. F-FDG-PET/ceCT showed significant differences between multicystic and epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma, whereas SUVmaxlesion was associated with PFS in the latter. Although

  17. Conjunctival Melanoma on 18F-FDG PET/CT as a Second Primary Cancer.

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    Tsai, Szu-Ying; Shiau, Yu-Chien; Wang, Shan-Ying; Wu, Yen-Wen

    2016-03-01

    Herein we present the F-FDG PET/CT findings in conjunctival melanoma as a second primary cancer in a 56-year-old Taiwanese man with a history of small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia and nasal cavity carcinoma under remission. The right eye lesion slowly progressed since noted by the patient himself 2 years ago, but he refused biopsy and further treatment including surgery. Either small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia or conjunctival melanoma is extremely rare in Asians, left alone in combination with a third malignancy of nasal cavity carcinoma. FDG PET/CT could effectively evaluate malignancies with multiple primary origins.

  18. Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma Detected on 18F-FDG PET/CT With Unusual Findings.

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    Guo, Yuehong; Wang, Tie; Yang, Minfu

    2015-11-01

    A 32-year-old woman, who presented with "sharp pain" in the right chest for more than 1 month and worsening dyspnea and fever for 10 days, was initially thought to have a pulmonary embolism. Cardiac ultrasound showed an ill-defined echogenic mass within the pulmonary trunk. F-FDG PET/CT was performed for further evaluation. PET/CT showed an intense hypermetabolism in the main, bilateral proximal, and the right main pulmonary arteries, suggesting the presence of a malignant lesion. Biopsy confirmed the lesion as a primary pulmonary artery sarcoma.

  19. Sphenoid wing meningioma behavior on 11C-PiB and 18F-FDG PET.

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    Chaves, Hernan; Bergamo, Yanina; Paz, Santiago; Sanchez, Flavio; Vazquez, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    Two patients with mild cognitive impairment underwent C-PiB and F-FDG brain PET. Both patients had previously gone through a contrast-enhanced MRI scan that revealed extra-axial tumors next to the sphenoid wing, suggestive of meningiomas. C-PiB PET images showed a highly increased uptake by the extra-axial masses. These 2 cases represent 1.2% of our C-PiB population (n = 163). No meningioma was found with negative C-PiB uptake. The F-FDG concentration was not increased within the lesions. C-PiB could be used as a meningioma marker.

  20. 18F-FDG PET/CT evaluation of children and young adults with suspected spinal fusion hardware infection.

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    Bagrosky, Brian M; Hayes, Kari L; Koo, Phillip J; Fenton, Laura Z

    2013-08-01

    Evaluation of the child with spinal fusion hardware and concern for infection is challenging because of hardware artifact with standard imaging (CT and MRI) and difficult physical examination. Studies using (18)F-FDG PET/CT combine the benefit of functional imaging with anatomical localization. To discuss a case series of children and young adults with spinal fusion hardware and clinical concern for hardware infection. These people underwent FDG PET/CT imaging to determine the site of infection. We performed a retrospective review of whole-body FDG PET/CT scans at a tertiary children's hospital from December 2009 to January 2012 in children and young adults with spinal hardware and suspected hardware infection. The PET/CT scan findings were correlated with pertinent clinical information including laboratory values of inflammatory markers, postoperative notes and pathology results to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of FDG PET/CT. An exempt status for this retrospective review was approved by the Institution Review Board. Twenty-five FDG PET/CT scans were performed in 20 patients. Spinal fusion hardware infection was confirmed surgically and pathologically in six patients. The most common FDG PET/CT finding in patients with hardware infection was increased FDG uptake in the soft tissue and bone immediately adjacent to the posterior spinal fusion rods at multiple contiguous vertebral levels. Noninfectious hardware complications were diagnosed in ten patients and proved surgically in four. Alternative sources of infection were diagnosed by FDG PET/CT in seven patients (five with pneumonia, one with pyonephrosis and one with superficial wound infections). FDG PET/CT is helpful in evaluation of children and young adults with concern for spinal hardware infection. Noninfectious hardware complications and alternative sources of infection, including pneumonia and pyonephrosis, can be diagnosed. FDG PET/CT should be the first-line cross-sectional imaging study in patients

  1. Impact of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT on surgical management in patients with advanced melanoma: an outcome based analysis.

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    Forschner, Andrea; Olthof, Susann-Cathrin; Gückel, Brigitte; Martus, Peter; Vach, Werner; la Fougère, Christian; Nikolaou, Konstantin; Keim, Ulrike; Eigentler, Thomas Kurt; Garbe, Claus; Pfannenberg, Christina

    2017-08-01

    To evaluate the influence of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT on clinical decision making and outcome in advanced melanoma patients planned for radical metastasectomy. A cohort of 333 patients with mainly stage III/IV melanoma having a PET/CT for clinical reasons was prospectively enrolled in our oncologic PET/CT registry between 2013 and 2015. Referring physicians completed questionnaires regarding their intended management for each patient before and after PET/CT. Management changes after PET/CT were classified as major and minor changes. A subgroup of 107 patients (stage I, N = 5; stage II, N = 3; stage III, N = 42; stage IV, N = 57) was planned for complete metastasectomy initially, based on conventional imaging. Management changes and outcome were evaluated by linkage with the information obtained from patients' medical records. In 28 of 107 patients (26%), the surgical treatment plan remained unchanged after PET/CT. In 24 patients (22%), minor changes were performed, such as enlargement or reduction of the surgical field. In 55 patients (51%, 95% CI 42%-61%) major changes of the intended treatment plan occurred; of those, 20 patients (19%) were classified to be tumor-free with PET/CT, 32 patients (30%) were found to have multiple previously unrecognized metastases and had to be treated by systemic therapy, three patients (3%) had to be changed to palliative radiotherapy or isolated extremity perfusion. The 1-year and 2-year overall survival (OS) in patients with complete metastasectomy (N = 52) was 90% and 79%, respectively. Systemically treated patients (N = 32) resulted in 1-year OS of 72% and 2-year OS of 61%. Eleven of 32 patients (34%) with systemic therapy experienced a complete response. Until December 2016, all 20 patients classified as tumor-free by PET/CT were alive. The study confirms the high impact of PET/CT on clinical management in patients with advanced melanoma planned for radical metastasectomy. PET/CT resulted in frequent management

  2. Adenocarcinoma with BAC Features Presented as the Nonsolid Nodule Is Prone to Be False-Negative on 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Wu, Hu-bing; Wang, Lijuan; Wang, Quan-shi; Han, Yan-jian; Li, Hong-sheng; Zhou, Wen-lan; Tian, Ying

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. The present study investigated which type of adenocarcinoma with BAC features was prone to be false-negative on 18F-FDG PET/CT. Materials and Methods. A retrospective study was performed on 51 consecutive patients with localized adenocarcinoma with BAC features. CT and PET were assessed for lesion size, GGO percentage, and SUVmax. Lesions with FDG uptake the same as or more than mediastinal blood-pool activity were considered as PET-positive. Results. Of the 51 cases, 19.6% presented as pure GGO nodules, 31.4% as mixed nodules, and 49.0% as solid nodules. None of the pure GGO nodules was 18F-FDG avid, compared with 37.5% of mixed nodules and 96.0% of solid nodules (χ 2 = 31.55, P = 0.000). In the mixed nodule group, SUVmax was negatively correlated with GGO percentage (r = −0.588; P = 0.021). The positive detection rate of 18F-FDG PET/CT was 50.0%, 55.6%, and 100% in tumors 1.1–2.0 cm, 2.1–3.0 cm, and >3.0 cm in diameter, respectively (χ 2 = 5.815, P = 0.055). General linear model factor analysis showed that the GGO was an important factor contributing to false-negative PET/CT results (F = 23.992, P = 0.000), but lesion size was not (F = 0.602, P = 0.866). Conclusions. The present study indicated that the adenocarcinoma with BAC features presented as nonsolid nodule is prone to be false negative on 18F-FDG PET/CT. PMID:25879020

  3. Monitoring of plexiform neurofibroma in children and adolescents with neurofibromatosis type 1 by [(18) F]FDG-PET imaging. Is it of value in asymptomatic patients?

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    Azizi, Amedeo A; Slavc, Irene; Theisen, Benjamin Emile; Rausch, Ivo; Weber, Michael; Happak, Wolfgang; Aszmann, Oskar; Hojreh, Azadeh; Peyrl, Andreas; Amann, Gabriele; Benkoe, Thomas M; Wadsak, Wolfgang; Kasprian, Gregor; Staudenherz, Anton; Hacker, Marcus; Traub-Weidinger, Tatjana

    2017-08-03

    About 10% of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) develop malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours (MPNST) mostly arising in plexiform neurofibroma (PN); 15% of MPNST arise in children and adolescents. 2-[(18) F]fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose ([(18) F]FDG)-PET (where PET is positron emission tomography) is a sensitive method in differentiating PN and MPNST in symptomatic patients with NF-1. This study assesses the value of [(18) F]FDG-PET imaging in detecting malignant transformation in symptomatic and asymptomatic children with PN. Forty-one patients with NF-1 and extensive PN underwent prospective [(18) F]FDG imaging from 2003 to 2014. Thirty-two of the patients were asymptomatic. PET data, together with histological results and clinical course were re-evaluated retrospectively. Maximum standardised uptake values (SUVmax) and lesion-to-liver ratio were assessed. A total of 104 examinations were performed. Mean age at first PET was 13.5 years (2.6-22.6). Eight patients had at least one malignant lesion; four of these patients were asymptomatic. Two of four symptomatic patients died, while all patients with asymptomatic malignant lesions are alive. All malignant tumours could be identified by PET imaging in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. All lesions judged as benign by [(18) F]FDG imaging and clinical judgment were either histologically benign if removed or remained clinically silent during follow-up. SUVmax of malignant and benign lesions overlapped, but no malignant lesion showed FDG uptake ≤3.15. Asymptomatic malignant lesions were detected with a sensitivity of 100%, a negative predictive value of 100% and a specificity of 45.1%. Malignant transformation of PN also occurs in asymptomatic children and adolescents. Detection of MPNST at early stages could increase the possibility of oncologically curative resections. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Optimal threshold of stimulated serum thyroglobulin level for (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging in patients with thyroid cancer.

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    Chai, Hong; Zhang, Hu; Yu, Yong-Li; Gao, Yun-Chao

    2017-06-01

    This study was to explore the optimal threshold of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)-stimulated serum thyroglobulin (s-Tg) for patients who were to receive (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) PET/CT scan owing to clinical suspicion of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) recurrence but negative post-therapeutic (131)I whole-body scan ((131)I-WBS). A total of 60 qualified patients underwent PET/CT scanning from October 2010 to July 2014. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses showed that s-Tg levels over 49 μg/L led to the highest diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT to detect recurrence, with a sensitivity of 89.5% and a specificity of 90.9%. Besides, bivariate correlation analysis showed positive correlation between s-Tg levels and the maximum standardized uptake values (SUVmax) of (18)F-FDG in patients with positive PET/CT scanning, suggesting a significant influence of TSH both on Tg release and uptake of (18)F-FDG. So, positive PET/CT imaging is expected when patients have negative (131)I-WBS but s-Tg levels over 49 μg/L.

  5. An unusual orbital localization of wegener granulomatosis detected by 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Bertagna, Francesco; Treglia, Giorgio; Rossini, Pierluigi; Giubbini, Raffaele

    2014-08-01

    We report a case of a 61-year-old male patient affected by Wegener granulomatosis and left exophthalmos who underwent F-FDG PET/CT during follow-up for rectal cancer. The study was negative for secondary lesions but revealed high uptake at the left orbital mass consistent with Wegener granulomatosis.

  6. Evaluation of treatment response and resistance in metastatic renal cell cancer (mRCC) using integrated (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI); The REMAP study.

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    Kelly-Morland, Christian; Rudman, Sarah; Nathan, Paul; Mallett, Susan; Montana, Giovanni; Cook, Gary; Goh, Vicky

    2017-06-02

    Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are the first line standard of care for treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Accurate response assessment in the setting of antiangiogenic therapies remains suboptimal as standard size-related response criteria do not necessarily accurately reflect clinical benefit, as they may be less pronounced or occur later in therapy than devascularisation. The challenge for imaging is providing timely assessment of disease status allowing therapies to be tailored to ensure ongoing clinical benefit. We propose that combined assessment of morphological, physiological and metabolic imaging parameters using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging ((18)F-FDG PET/MRI) will better reflect disease behaviour, improving assessment of response/non-response/relapse. The REMAP study is a single-centre prospective observational study. Eligible patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, planned for systemic therapy, with at least 2 lesions will undergo an integrated (18)F-FDG PET and MRI whole body imaging with diffusion weighted and contrast-enhanced multiphasic as well as standard anatomical MRI sequences at baseline, 12 weeks and 24 weeks of systemic therapy allowing (18)F-FDG standardised uptake value (SUV), apparent diffusion co-efficient (ADC) and normalised signal intensity (SI) parameters to be obtained. Standard of care contrast-enhanced computed tomography CT scans will be performed at equivalent time-points. CT response categorisation will be performed using RECIST 1.1 and alternative (modified)Choi and MASS criteria. The reference standard for disease status will be by consensus panel taking into account clinical, biochemical and conventional imaging parameters. Intra- and inter-tumoural heterogeneity in vascular, diffusion and metabolic response/non-response will be assessed by image texture analysis. Imaging will also inform the development of computational methods for automated disease

  7. (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of asymptomatic malignant melanoma recurrence.

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    Lawal, Ismaheel; Lengana, Thabo; Ololade, Kehinde; Boshomane, Tebatso; Reyneke, Florette; Modiselle, Moshe; Vorster, Mariza; Sathekge, Mike

    2017-06-12

    To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of FDG PET/CT in the detection of asymptomatic recurrence in patients with malignant melanoma who have had resection of their primary lesion. We also aimed to determine the pattern and factors predisposing to disease recurrence. Patients with malignant melanoma who have had surgical resection of their disease and without any clinical evidence of disease recurrence were followed-up with FDG PET/CT. The diagnostic accuracy of FDG PET/CT, pattern of recurrence and factors predictive of disease recurrence were determined. A total of 144 patients were followed-up for a median period of 50.50 months. Asymptomatic recurrence was seen in 37 patients (25.7 %) with a median time to recurrence of 20 months. Lymph node was the commonest site of asymptomatic recurrence. Sex, tumour depth, histology type and presence of nodal metastasis were significant predictors of tumour recurrence. Age, race, site of primary lesion, type of lymph node resection were not significant predictors of disease recurrence. Race has a significant effect on the histological subtype of tumour (nodular maligna was more common in Caucasian while acral lentiginous was more prevalent in the Blacks) and the site of the primary lesion (lower limb in Blacks and trunk in Caucasians). Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of FDG PET/CT for the detection of disease recurrence were 94.5 %, 87.6 % and 89.6 % respectively. FDG PET/CT is a suitable modality for early detection of asymptomatic recurrence of malignant melanoma. Asymptomatic recurrence most commonly occurs in lymph nodes. Sex, nodal metastasis and tumour pathologic features are predictors of recurrence.

  8. Rifaximin suppresses background intestinal 18F-FDG uptake on PET/CT scans.

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    Franquet, Elisa; Palmer, Mathew R; Gifford, Anne E; Selen, Daryl J; Chen, Yih-Chieh S; Sedora-Roman, Neda; Joyce, Robin M; Kolodny, Gerald M; Moss, Alan C

    2014-10-01

    Identification of cancer or inflammatory bowel disease in the intestinal tract by PET/computed tomography (CT) imaging can be hampered by physiological uptake of F-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) in the normal colon. Previous work has localized this F-FDG uptake to the intestinal lumen, predominantly occupied by bacteria. We sought to determine whether pretreatment with an antibiotic could reduce F-FDG uptake in the healthy colon. Thirty patients undergoing restaging PET/CT for nongastrointestinal lymphoma were randomly selected to receive rifaximin 550 mg twice daily for 2 days before their scan (post-rifaximin). Their PET/CT images were compared with those from their prior study (pre-rifaximin). Cecal maximum standard uptake value (SUVmax) and overall colonic F-FDG uptake were compared between scans. All PET/CT images were blindly scored by a radiologist. The same comparison of sequential scans was also undertaken in 30 patients who did not receive antibiotics. Thirty post-rifaximin scans were compared with 30 pre-rifaximin scans in the same patients. SUVmax in the cecum was significantly lower in the patient's post-rifaximin scans than in their pre-rifaximin scans (P=0.002). The percentage of scans with greater than grade 1 colonic F-FDG uptake was significantly lower in the post-rifaximin scans than in the pre-rifaximin scans (P<0.05). In contrast, there was no significant difference in the paired sequential scans from control patients, nor a reduction in the percentage of scans with greater than grade 1 colonic F-FDG uptake. This pilot study shows that treatment with rifaximin for 2 days before PET/CT scanning can significantly reduce physiological F-FDG uptake in the normal colonic lumen.

  9. Neurobehavioral Abnormalities in the HIV-1 Transgenic Rat Do Not Correspond to Neuronal Hypometabolism on 18F-FDG-PET

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    Papadakis, Georgios Z.; Muthusamy, Siva; Lee, Dianne E.; Ibrahim, Wael G.; Nair, Anand; Koziol, Deloris; Maric, Dragan; Hammoud, Dima A.

    2016-01-01

    Motor and behavioral abnormalities are common presentations among individuals with HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). We investigated whether longitudinal motor and behavioral performance in the HIV-1 transgenic rat (Tg), a commonly used neuro-HIV model, corresponded to in vivo neuronal death/dysfunction, by using rotarod and open field testing in parallel to [18F] 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET). We demonstrated that age-matched non-Tg wild type (WT) rats outperformed the HIV-1 Tg rats at most time points on rotarod testing. Habituation to rotarod occurred at 8 weeks of age (fifth weekly testing session) in the WT rats but it never occurred in the Tg rats, suggesting deficits in motor learning. Similarly, in open field testing, WT rats outperformed the Tg rats at most time points, suggesting defective exploratory/motor behavior and increased emotionality in the Tg rat. Despite the neurobehavioral abnormalities, there were no concomitant deficits in 18F-FDG uptake in Tg rats on PET compared to age-matched WT rats and no significant longitudinal loss of FDG uptake in either group. The negative PET findings were confirmed using 14C- Deoxy-D-glucose autoradiography in 32 week-old Tg and WT rats. We believe that the neuropathology in the HIV-1 Tg rat is more likely a consequence of neuronal dysfunction rather than overt neurodegeneration/neuronal cell death, similar to what is seen in HIV-positive patients in the post-ART era. PMID:27010205

  10. The predictive value of C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate for 18F-FDG PET/CT outcome in patients with fever and inflammation of unknown origin.

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    Balink, Hans; Veeger, Nic J G M; Bennink, Roel J; Slart, Riemer H J A; Holleman, Frits; van Eck-Smit, Berthe L F; Verberne, Hein J

    2015-06-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the predictive value of C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) to a positive fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) PET/computed tomography (CT) result in patients with inflammation of unknown origin and fever of unknown origin. Individual data of 498 patients were retrieved from three retrospective studies. Receiver operating characteristic derived areas under the curve were used to assess (18)F-FDG PET/CT versus age, CRP, and ESR. The discriminative value of age, CRP, and ESR related to (18)F-FDG PET/CT was examined using the net reclassification improvement (NRI). A diagnosis was established in 331 patients; (18)F-FDG PET/CT had a diagnostic accuracy of 89%. (18)F-FDG PET/CT had the highest area under the curve (0.89, P<0.001). The addition of (18)F-FDG PET/CT to a diagnosis prediction model including age, CRP, and ESR resulted in an NRI of 42% (P<0.001). In the same model with CRP values below 20 mg/l or ESR values below 20 mm/h, the NRI was 64% (P<0.001) and 29% (P=0.059), respectively. In 30 of 91 patients with CRP less than 10 mg/l, a diagnosis could be established; (18)F-FDG PET/CT was 100% true negative only in patients with CRP levels less than 5 mg/l. In patients with fever of unknown origin or inflammation of unknown origin, compared with elevated ESR levels, elevated CRP levels more often indicate a true positive (18)F-FDG PET/CT outcome.In addition, (18)F-FDG PET/CT, compared with CRP and ESR, shows the highest discrimination of patients with possible disabling disease.

  11. Effectiveness of [(124)I]-PET/CT and [(18)F]-FDG-PET/CT for localizing recurrence in patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma.

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    Lee, Jandee; Nah, Kuk Young; Kim, Ra Mi; Oh, Yeon-Ju; An, Young-Sil; Yoon, Joon-Kee; An, Gwang Il; Choi, Tae Hyun; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Soh, Euy-Young; Chung, Woong Youn

    2012-09-01

    Although the prognosis of patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) is generally encouraging, a diagnostic dilemma is posed when an increasing level of serum thyroglobulin (Tg) is noted, without detection of a recurrent tumor using conventional imaging tools such as the iodine-131 whole-body scanning (the [(131)I] scan) or neck ultrasonography (US). The objective of the present study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of [(124)I]-PET/CT and [(18)F]-FDG-PET/CT in terms of accurate detection of both iodine- and non-iodine-avid recurrence, compared with that of conventional imaging such as the [(131)I] scan or neck ultrasonography (US). Between July 2009 and June 2010, we prospectively studied 19 DTC patients with elevated thyroglobulin levels but who do not show pathological lesions when conventional imaging modalities are used. All involved patients had undergone total thyroidectomy and radioiodine (RI) treatment, and who had been followed-up for a mean of 13 months (range, 6-21 months) after the last RI session. Combined [(18)F]-FDG-PET/CT and [(124)I]-PET/CT data were evaluated for detecting recurrent DTC lesions in study patients and compared with those of other radiological and/or cytological investigations. Nine of 19 patients (47.4%) showed pathological [(18)F]-FDG (5/19, 26.3%) or [(124)I]-PET (4/19, 21.1%) uptake, and were classed as true-positives. Among such patients, disease management was modified in six (66.7%) and disease was restaged in seven (77.8%). In particular, the use of the described imaging combination optimized planning of surgical resection to deal with locoregional recurrence in 21.1% (4/19) of patients, who were shown to be disease-free during follow-up after surgery. Our results indicate that combination of [(18)F]-FDG-PET/CT and [(124)I]-PET/CT affords a valuable diagnostic method that can be used to make therapeutic decisions in patients with DTC who are tumor-free on conventional imaging studies but who have high Tg levels.

  12. Systematic analysis of 18F-FDG PET and metabolism, proliferation and hypoxia markers for classification of head and neck tumors

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    2014-01-01

    Background Quantification of molecular cell processes is important for prognostication and treatment individualization of head and neck cancer (HNC). However, individual tumor comparison can show discord in upregulation similarities when analyzing multiple biological mechanisms. Elaborate tumor characterization, integrating multiple pathways reflecting intrinsic and microenvironmental properties, may be beneficial to group most uniform tumors for treatment modification schemes. The goal of this study was to systematically analyze if immunohistochemical (IHC) assessment of molecular markers, involved in treatment resistance, and 18F-FDG PET parameters could accurately distinguish separate HNC tumors. Methods Several imaging parameters and texture features for 18F-FDG small-animal PET and immunohistochemical markers related to metabolism, hypoxia, proliferation and tumor blood perfusion were assessed within groups of BALB/c nu/nu mice xenografted with 14 human HNC models. Classification methods were used to predict tumor line based on sets of parameters. Results We found that 18F-FDG PET could not differentiate between the tumor lines. On the contrary, combined IHC parameters could accurately allocate individual tumors to the correct model. From 9 analyzed IHC parameters, a cluster of 6 random parameters already classified 70.3% correctly. Combining all PET/IHC characteristics resulted in the highest tumor line classification accuracy (81.0%; cross validation 82.0%), which was just 2.2% higher (p = 5.2×10-32) than the performance of the IHC parameter/feature based model. Conclusions With a select set of IHC markers representing cellular processes of metabolism, proliferation, hypoxia and perfusion, one can reliably distinguish between HNC tumor lines. Addition of 18F-FDG PET improves classification accuracy of IHC to a significant yet minor degree. These results may form a basis for development of tumor characterization models for treatment allocation purposes

  13. Multi-modality PET-CT imaging of breast cancer in an animal model using nanoparticle x-ray contrast agent and 18F-FDG

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    Badea, C. T.; Ghaghada, K.; Espinosa, G.; Strong, L.; Annapragada, A.

    2011-03-01

    Multi-modality PET-CT imaging is playing an important role in the field of oncology. While PET imaging facilitates functional interrogation of tumor status, the use of CT imaging is primarily limited to anatomical reference. In an attempt to extract comprehensive information about tumor cells and its microenvironment, we used a nanoparticle xray contrast agent to image tumor vasculature and vessel 'leakiness' and 18F-FDG to investigate the metabolic status of tumor cells. In vivo PET/CT studies were performed in mice implanted with 4T1 mammary breast cancer cells.Early-phase micro-CT imaging enabled visualization 3D vascular architecture of the tumors whereas delayedphase micro-CT demonstrated highly permeable vessels as evident by nanoparticle accumulation within the tumor. Both imaging modalities demonstrated the presence of a necrotic core as indicated by a hypo-enhanced region in the center of the tumor. At early time-points, the CT-derived fractional blood volume did not correlate with 18F-FDG uptake. At delayed time-points, the tumor enhancement in 18F-FDG micro-PET images correlated with the delayed signal enhanced due to nanoparticle extravasation seen in CT images. The proposed hybrid imaging approach could be used to better understand tumor angiogenesis and to be the basis for monitoring and evaluating anti-angiogenic and nano-chemotherapies.

  14. Utility of SUVmax on (18) F-FDG PET in detecting cervical nodal metastases.

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    Lim, Rebecca S M; Ramdave, Shakher; Beech, Paul; Billah, Baki; Karim, Md Nazmul; Smith, Julian A; Safdar, Adnan; Sigston, Elizabeth

    2016-11-08

    The presence of cervical lymph node metastasis is an important prognostic factor for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). Accurate assessment of lymph node metastasis in these patients is essential for appropriate prognostic and management purposes. Here, we evaluated the effectiveness of the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) on positron emission tomography (PET) in assessing lymph node metastasis in HNSCC prior to surgery. A retrospective review of 74 patients with HNSCC who underwent PET/CT prior to neck dissection were examined. Pre-operative PET/CT scans were reviewed by two experienced nuclear medicine physicians and SUVmax of the largest node in each nodal basin documented. These were compared with the histology results of the neck dissection. A total of 359 nodal basins including 86 basins with metastatic nodes were evaluated. A nodal SUVmax ≥3.16 yielded a sensitivity of 74.4 % and specificity of 84.9 % in detecting metastatic nodes. The nodal SUVmax/Liver SUVmax ratio was found on receiver operating characteristic (ROC) to be effective in detecting metastatic nodes with an area under ROC curve of 0.90. A nodal SUVmax/Liver SUVmax ratio ≥0.90 yielded a sensitivity of 74.1 % and specificity of 93.4 %. By comparison, visual inspection yielded sensitivities of 66.3 and 61.6 % in observers 1 and 2 respectively. The corresponding specificities were 77.7 and 86.5 %. Nodal SUVmax and nodal SUVmax/liver SUVmax are both useful in the pre-operative detection of metastatic nodes with the latter being superior to visual inspection. The ratio is likely to be more useful as it corrects for inter-scanner variability.

  15. Common malignant brain tumors: can 18F-FDG PET/CT aid in differentiation?

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    Purandare, Nilendu C; Puranik, Ameya; Shah, Sneha; Agrawal, Archi; Gupta, Tejpal; Moiyadi, Aliasgar; Shetty, Prakash; Shridhar, Epari; Jalali, Rakesh; Rangarajan, Venkatesh

    2017-09-15

    The objectives of this study were to evalute the metabolic characteristics of common malignant space-occupying lesions (SOL) of the brain and to determine the utility of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) PET/CT in differentiating between the common types of malignant brain SOL. All patients with brain SOL who were referred for an F-FDG PET/CT scan by a multidisciplinary team were included in this retrospective study. The metabolic characteristics of the brain lesions in the form of maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) along with tumor-to-background activity ratios were determined and differences were compared using nonparametric statistical tests. Histopathological confirmation was used as the gold standard in all patients. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was used to find the optimal SUVmax cutoff to differentiate the tumor types. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM; n=30), lymphoma (n=25), and metastases (n=46) accounted for most malignant tumors (95.2%). Lymphomas showed a significantly high metabolic uptake (median SUVmax=20.3, range: 8.1-46.3) compared with GBM ( median SUVmax=10.3, range: 2.6-21.7) and metastases (median SUVmax=11.5, range: 2.9-19.6) (P=0.00). The tumor-to-background activity ratios for lymphomas were also significantly higher. There was an overlap in the metabolic uptake of GBM and metastases, with no significant difference between their SUVmax values (P=0.245). A SUVmax more than 15.5 showed an 84% sensitivity and an 80% specificity to diagnose lymphomas (area under the curve=0.876, P=0.00). Four patients with brain lymphoma had extracranial disease on F-FDG PET. Lung cancer was the most common primary malignancy in patients with brain metastases. Central nervous system lymphomas can be differentiated from GBM and metastases by their higher metabolic activity. In addition, F-FDG PET/CT can potentially impact therapeutic decisions by detecting primary malignancy in patients with metastatic brain lesions and extracranial

  16. 18F-FDG PET/CT Imaging of Gallbladder Adenocarcinoma - A Pictorial Review

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    Awan, Omer; Khan, Salman A

    2015-01-01

    Gallbladder adenocarcinoma is an uncommon and serious disease. The primary disease grows rapidly with local invasion into the liver and with distant spread to lymph nodes. It is often detected late, due to which management can be challenging. Despite routine use of computed tomography (CT) and ultrasonography (US) for detection, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often considered for a detailed assessment of the anatomic behavior of these tumors. We share three cases where 18-FDG PET/CT played a role in management thereof. PMID:26430572

  17. Adrenal cryptococcosis in an immunosuppressed patient showing intensely increased metabolic activity on (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Papadakis, Georgios Z; Holland, Steven M; Quezado, Martha; Patronas, Nicholas J

    2016-12-01

    Disseminated cryptococcosis most commonly occurs in immunosuppressed patients and can rarely affect the adrenal glands. We report on a patient with biopsy proven bilateral adrenal cryptococcosis resulting in primary adrenal insufficiency, which was evaluated with whole-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan using (18)F-FDG. Both enlarged adrenal glands presented intensely increased (18)F-FDG activity in the periphery, while central necrotic regions were photopenic. Although diagnosis was established by adrenal gland biopsy, (18)F-FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan can significantly contribute to the assessment of disease activity and monitoring of treatment response. Furthermore, fungal infections should always be considered when encountering hypermetabolic adrenal masses, especially in the setting of immunodeficient patients.

  18. Human Organotypic Lung Tumor Models: Suitable For Preclinical 18F-FDG PET-Imaging

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    Fecher, David; Hofmann, Elisabeth; Buck, Andreas; Bundschuh, Ralph; Nietzer, Sarah; Dandekar, Gudrun; Walles, Thorsten; Walles, Heike; Lückerath, Katharina; Steinke, Maria

    2016-01-01

    Development of predictable in vitro tumor models is a challenging task due to the enormous complexity of tumors in vivo. The closer the resemblance of these models to human tumor characteristics, the more suitable they are for drug-development and –testing. In the present study, we generated a complex 3D lung tumor test system based on acellular rat lungs. A decellularization protocol was established preserving the architecture, important ECM components and the basement membrane of the lung. Human lung tumor cells cultured on the scaffold formed cluster and exhibited an up-regulation of the carcinoma-associated marker mucin1 as well as a reduced proliferation rate compared to respective 2D culture. Additionally, employing functional imaging with 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) these tumor cell cluster could be detected and tracked over time. This approach allowed monitoring of a targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment in the in vitro lung tumor model non-destructively. Surprisingly, FDG-PET assessment of single tumor cell cluster on the same scaffold exhibited differences in their response to therapy, indicating heterogeneity in the lung tumor model. In conclusion, our complex lung tumor test system features important characteristics of tumors and its microenvironment and allows monitoring of tumor growth and -metabolism in combination with functional imaging. In longitudinal studies, new therapeutic approaches and their long-term effects can be evaluated to adapt treatment regimes in future. PMID:27501455

  19. Identifying prognostic intratumor heterogeneity using pre- and post-radiotherapy 18F-FDG PET images for pancreatic cancer patients

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    Osipov, Arsen; Fraass, Benedick; Sandler, Howard; Zhang, Xiao; Nissen, Nicholas; Hendifar, Andrew; Tuli, Richard

    2017-01-01

    Background To stratify risks of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PA) patients using pre- and post-radiotherapy (RT) PET/CT images, and to assess the prognostic value of texture variations in predicting therapy response of patients. Methods Twenty-six PA patients treated with RT from 2011–2013 with pre- and post-treatment 18F-FDG-PET/CT scans were identified. Tumor locoregional texture was calculated using 3D kernel-based approach, and texture variations were identified by fitting discrepancies of texture maps of pre- and post-treatment images. A total of 48 texture and clinical variables were identified and evaluated for association with overall survival (OS). The prognostic heterogeneity features were selected using lasso/elastic net regression, and further were evaluated by multivariate Cox analysis. Results Median age was 69 y (range, 46–86 y). The texture map and temporal variations between pre- and post-treatment were well characterized by histograms and statistical fitting. The lasso analysis identified seven predictors (age, node stage, post-RT SUVmax, variations of homogeneity, variance, sum mean, and cluster tendency). The multivariate Cox analysis identified five significant variables: age, node stage, variations of homogeneity, variance, and cluster tendency (with P=0.020, 0.040, 0.065, 0.078, and 0.081, respectively). The patients were stratified into two groups based on the risk score of multivariate analysis with log-rank P=0.001: a low risk group (n=11) with a longer mean OS (29.3 months) and higher texture variation (>30%), and a high risk group (n=15) with a shorter mean OS (17.7 months) and lower texture variation (<15%). Conclusions Locoregional metabolic texture response provides a feasible approach for evaluating and predicting clinical outcomes following treatment of PA with RT. The proposed method can be used to stratify patient risk and help select appropriate treatment strategies for individual patients toward implementing response

  20. Semiautomated segmentation of head and neck cancers in 18F-FDG PET scans: A just-enough-interaction approach

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    Beichel, Reinhard R.; Van Tol, Markus; Ulrich, Ethan J.; Bauer, Christian; Chang, Tangel; Plichta, Kristin A.; Smith, Brian J.; Sunderland, John J.; Graham, Michael M.; Sonka, Milan; Buatti, John M.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this work was to develop, validate, and compare a highly computer-aided method for the segmentation of hot lesions in head and neck 18F-FDG PET scans. Methods: A semiautomated segmentation method was developed, which transforms the segmentation problem into a graph-based optimization problem. For this purpose, a graph structure around a user-provided approximate lesion centerpoint is constructed and a suitable cost function is derived based on local image statistics. To handle frequently occurring situations that are ambiguous (e.g., lesions adjacent to each other versus lesion with inhomogeneous uptake), several segmentation modes are introduced that adapt the behavior of the base algorithm accordingly. In addition, the authors present approaches for the efficient interactive local and global refinement of initial segmentations that are based on the “just-enough-interaction” principle. For method validation, 60 PET/CT scans from 59 different subjects with 230 head and neck lesions were utilized. All patients had squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. A detailed comparison with the current clinically relevant standard manual segmentation approach was performed based on 2760 segmentations produced by three experts. Results: Segmentation accuracy measured by the Dice coefficient of the proposed semiautomated and standard manual segmentation approach was 0.766 and 0.764, respectively. This difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.2145). However, the intra- and interoperator standard deviations were significantly lower for the semiautomated method. In addition, the proposed method was found to be significantly faster and resulted in significantly higher intra- and interoperator segmentation agreement when compared to the manual segmentation approach. Conclusions: Lack of consistency in tumor definition is a critical barrier for radiation treatment targeting as well as for response assessment in clinical trials and in

  1. Homeopathic mistletoe adverse reaction mimics nodal involvement in (18)F-FDG PET/CT performed for evaluation of response to chemotherapy in lymphoma.

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    Abreu, P; Sánchez, R; Mut, T; Balaguer, D; Latorre, I; Rodríguez, H

    Some patients use complementary medicine. We present a patient with Hodgkin's lymphoma, scanned with (18)F-FDG PET/CT for evaluation of response after chemotherapy, who was self-administering mistletoe as a homeopathic medicine product. The careful review of the images of the entire scan and patient collaboration in anamnesis were crucial to avoid a false positive result. A review of the published scientific data on the effects of mistletoe is also presented.

  2. Prognostic significance of (18)F-FDG PET at diagnosis in patients with soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma; systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Kubo, Tadahiko; Furuta, Taisuke; Johan, Muhammad P; Ochi, Mitsuo

    2016-05-01

    The usefulness of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET) for the survival prognosis in soft tissue sarcoma (STS) and bone sarcoma (BS) is controversial. The objective of this systematic review was to provide an up-to-date and unprecedented summary of the prognostic value of (18)F-FDG PET at diagnosis in STS and BS. Studies evaluating pre-treatment (18)F-FDG PET for overall survival of STS and BS were systematically searched for in MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Web of Science. Comparative analyses of the pooled hazard ratios (HR) of overall survival were performed between patients with high and low maximum standardised uptake value (SUVmax). The quality of study designs was evaluated using the Newcastle-Ottawa scale (NOS) for quality assessment of cohort studies. P < 0.05 was defined as statistically significant. A total of six studies comprising 514 patients with STS and BS were considered for the meta-analysis. The pooled HR for overall survival was 1.22 (95% confidence interval: 1.03-1.46), suggesting that high SUVmax predicts a significantly shorter overall survival period than low SUVmax (P = 0.03). Additional subgroup analyses using patients with STS alone showed that high SUVmax might predict poorer overall survival than low SUVmax (P = 0.004), although only two studies consisting of 96 patients were included. The overall quality of the included studies evaluated by the NOS assessment was adequate. (18)F-FDG PET at diagnosis provides a very useful predictive tool for patients with STS and BS. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Is (18)F-FDG-PET suitable to predict clinical response to the treatment of geriatric depression? A systematic review of PET studies.

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    De Crescenzo, Franco; Ciliberto, Mario; Menghini, Deny; Treglia, Giorgio; Ebmeier, Klaus P; Janiri, Luigi

    2017-09-01

    Geriatric depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in later life. It differs from earlier depression in its presentation, etiology, risk factors, protective factors and outcome. Positron emission tomography (PET) can be used to detect changes in neural circuitry in neuropsychiatric disorders, and several authors have assessed its role in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with geriatric depression. We reviewed the current evidence on the use of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET) in geriatric depressed patients to find predictors of treatment response. We searched PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Embase, Cochrane Library, CINAHL and the PsycINFO databases to find relevant peer-reviewed articles on PET in geriatric depression using the search terms ('PET' or 'positron emission tomography') and ('mood' or 'affective disorder' or 'affective disorders' or 'depression' or 'dysthymia' or 'seasonal affective disorder'). Eleven articles comprising 128 patients were included. We extracted data on glucose uptake of depressed patients and controls at baseline and after different types of intervention (total sleep deprivation followed by a recovery sleep and treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). (18)F-FDG-PET showed significant alterations of glucose uptake in several brain areas, in particular the anterior cingulate cortex, which showed reduced metabolism after treatment, and was a predictor of treatment response.

  4. Computed tomography automatic exposure control techniques in 18F-FDG oncology PET-CT scanning.

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    Iball, Gareth R; Tout, Deborah

    2014-04-01

    Computed tomography (CT) automatic exposure control (AEC) systems are now used in all modern PET-CT scanners. A collaborative study was undertaken to compare AEC techniques of the three major PET-CT manufacturers for fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose half-body oncology imaging. An audit of 70 patients was performed for half-body CT scans taken on a GE Discovery 690, Philips Gemini TF and Siemens Biograph mCT (all 64-slice CT). Patient demographic and dose information was recorded and image noise was calculated as the SD of Hounsfield units in the liver. A direct comparison of the AEC systems was made by scanning a Rando phantom on all three systems for a range of AEC settings. The variation in dose and image quality with patient weight was significantly different for all three systems, with the GE system showing the largest variation in dose with weight and Philips the least. Image noise varied with patient weight in Philips and Siemens systems but was constant for all weights in GE. The z-axis mA profiles from the Rando phantom demonstrate that these differences are caused by the nature of the tube current modulation techniques applied. The mA profiles varied considerably according to the AEC settings used. CT AEC techniques from the three manufacturers yield significantly different tube current modulation patterns and hence deliver different doses and levels of image quality across a range of patient weights. Users should be aware of how their system works and of steps that could be taken to optimize imaging protocols.

  5. Textural features and SUV-based variables assessed by dual time point 18F-FDG PET/CT in locally advanced breast cancer.

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    Garcia-Vicente, Ana María; Molina, David; Pérez-Beteta, Julián; Amo-Salas, Mariano; Martínez-González, Alicia; Bueno, Gloria; Tello-Galán, María Jesús; Soriano-Castrejón, Ángel

    2017-09-08

    To study the influence of dual time point 18F-FDG PET/CT in textural features and SUV-based variables and their relation among them. Fifty-six patients with locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) were prospectively included. All of them underwent a standard 18F-FDG PET/CT (PET-1) and a delayed acquisition (PET-2). After segmentation, SUV variables (SUVmax, SUVmean, and SUVpeak), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) were obtained. Eighteen three-dimensional (3D) textural measures were computed including: run-length matrices (RLM) features, co-occurrence matrices (CM) features, and energies. Differences between all PET-derived variables obtained in PET-1 and PET-2 were studied. Significant differences were found between the SUV-based parameters and MTV obtained in the dual time point PET/CT, with higher values of SUV-based variables and lower MTV in the PET-2 with respect to the PET-1. In relation with the textural parameters obtained in dual time point acquisition, significant differences were found for the short run emphasis, low gray-level run emphasis, short run high gray-level emphasis, run percentage, long run emphasis, gray-level non-uniformity, homogeneity, and dissimilarity. Textural variables showed relations with MTV and TLG. Significant differences of textural features were found in dual time point 18F-FDG PET/CT. Thus, a dynamic behavior of metabolic characteristics should be expected, with higher heterogeneity in delayed PET acquisition compared with the standard PET. A greater heterogeneity was found in bigger tumors.

  6. Giant Cell Tumor with Secondary Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Shows Heterogeneous Metabolic Pattern on (18)F-FDG PET/CT: A Case Report.

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    Park, Hee Jeong; Kwon, Seong Young; Cho, Sang-Geon; Kim, Jahae; Song, Ho-Chun; Kim, Sung Sun; Yoon, Yeon Hong; Park, Jin Gyoon

    2016-12-01

    Giant cell tumor (GCT) is a generally benign bone tumor accounting for approximately 5 % of all primary bone neoplasms. Cystic components in GCTs that indicate secondary aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) are reported in 14 % of GCTs. Although both of them have been described separately in previous reports that may show considerable fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake despite their benign nature, the findings of GCT with secondary ABC on (18)F-FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) have not been well-known. We report a case of GCT with secondary ABC in a 26-year-old woman. (18)F-FDG PET/CT revealed a heterogeneous hypermetabolic lesion in the left proximal femur with the maximum standardized uptake value of 4.7. The solid components of the tumor showed higher FDG uptake than the cystic components. These observations suggest that the ABC components in GCTs show heterogeneous metabolic patterns on (18)F-FDG PET/CT.

  7. Effects of age and cardiovascular risk factors on (18)F-FDG PET/CT quantification of atherosclerosis in the aorta and peripheral arteries.

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    Pasha, Ahmed K; Moghbel, Mateen; Saboury, Babak; Gharavi, Mohammed H; Blomberg, Björn A; Torigian, Drew A; Kwee, Thomas C; Basu, Sandip; Mohler Iii, Emile R; Alavi, Abass

    2015-01-01

    To quantify fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake in the aorta and peripheral arteries and assess the variation of (18)F-FDG uptake with age and cardiovascular risk factors. The subject population of this retrospective study comprises melanoma patients who underwent whole-body (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans. The patients' medical records were examined for cardiovascular risk factors and for a history of coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease. Fluorine-18-FDG uptake in the peripheral arteries (iliac and femoral) and aorta was semi-quantified as a weighted-average mean standardized uptake value (wA-SUVmean), while background noise was accounted for by measuring mean venous blood pool SUV (V-SUVmean) in the superior vena cava. Atherosclerosis was semi-quantified by the tissue-to-background ratio (TBR) (wA-SUVmean divided by V-SUVmean). A regression model and t-test were used to evaluate the effect of age and location on the degree of atherosclerosis. To assess the effect of cardiovascular risk factors on atherosclerotic burden, the wA-SUVmean of patients with at least one of these risk factors was compared to that of patients without any risk factors. A total of 76 patients (46 men, 30 women; 22-91 years old) were included in this study. The average TBR of the aorta and peripheral arteries were 2.68 and 1.43, respectively, and increased with age in both locations. In regression analysis, the beta coefficients of age for TBR in the aorta and peripheral arteries were 0.55 (P<0.001) and 0.03 (P<0.001), respectively. In all age groups, the TBR of the aorta was significantly greater than that of the peripheral arteries. The Pearson correlation coefficients between the four age groups and the TBR of the aorta and peripheral arteries were 0.83 (P<0.001) and 0.75 (P<0.001), respectively. The wA-SUVmean of patients with cardiovascular risk factors was only significant (P<0.05) in the aorta. An increase in (18)F-FDG uptake was observed in the peripheral

  8. Functional brain mapping of actual car-driving using [18F]FDG-PET.

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    Jeong, Myeonggi; Tashiro, Manabu; Singh, Laxsmi N; Yamaguchi, Keiichiro; Horikawa, Etsuo; Miyake, Masayasu; Watanuki, Shouichi; Iwata, Ren; Fukuda, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Yasuo; Itoh, Masatoshi

    2006-11-01

    This study aims at identifying the brain activation during actual car-driving on the road, and at comparing the results to those of previous studies on simulated car-driving. Thirty normal volunteers, aged 20 to 56 years, were divided into three subgroups, active driving, passive driving and control groups, for examination by positron emission tomography (PET) and [18F]2-deoxy-2-fluoro-D-glucose (FDG). The active driving subjects (n = 10) drove for 30 minutes on quiet normal roads with a few traffic signals. The passive driving subjects (n = 10) participated as passengers on the front seat. The control subjects (n = 10) remained seated in a lit room with their eyes open. Voxel-based t-statistics were applied using SPM2 to search brain activation among the subgroups mentioned above. Significant brain activation was detected during active driving in the primary and secondary visual cortices, primary sensorimotor areas, premotor area, parietal association area, cingulate gyrus, the parahippocampal gyrus as well as in thalamus and cerebellum. The passive driving manifested a similar-looking activation pattern, lacking activations in the premotor area, cingulate and parahippocampal gyri and thalamus. Direct comparison of the active and passive driving conditions revealed activation in the cerebellum. The result of actual driving looked similar to that of simulated driving, suggesting that visual perception and visuomotor coordination were the main brain functions while driving. In terms of attention and autonomic arousal, however, it seems there was a significant difference between simulated and actual driving possibly due to risk of accidents. Autonomic and emotional aspects of driving should be studied using an actual driving study-design.

  9. Clinicopathological Features of Cases with Primary Breast Cancer not Identified by 18F-FDG-PET.

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    Fujii, Takaaki; Yajima, Reina; Tsuboi, Miki; Higuchi, Toru; Obayashi, Sayaka; Tokiniwa, Hideaki; Nagaoka, Rin; Takata, Daisuke; Horiguchi, Jun; Kuwano, Hiroyuki

    2016-06-01

    Several studies have reported that high F18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake is predictive of poor prognosis and aggressive features in patients with breast cancer. While these studies evaluated the prognostic value for cases with high FDG uptake, they did not elucidate the meaning of FDG negativity in primary breast cancer. In this study, we evaluated the clinicopathological features of breast cancer cases without FDG uptake. We retrospectively investigated the cases of 219 consecutive patients with primary breast cancer who underwent FDG-positron emission tomography (PET) preoperatively. Among the 219 patients, 25 (11.4%) did not have FDG uptake in the tumor. The 219 cases with breast cancer were divided into two groups based on the presence of FDG uptake in the primary tumor. The present univariate analysis revealed that histology, small invasive tumor size, high estrogen receptor (ER) or progesterone receptor (PgR) expression, low nuclear grade and absence of lymph node metastasis were significantly associated with negative FDG uptake in the primary tumor. On the other hand, the size of ductal spread was not significantly different between the two groups. Multivariate analysis revealed that small-size tumor invasion and lower nuclear grade were statistically significant. Among the 25 cases without FDG uptake, there was no recurrent disease in spite of there being no case that underwent chemotherapy, while 4 cases among the 194 cases with FDG uptake had disease recurrence. Our findings imply that preoperative FDG negativity in primary breast cancer is effective in predicting better prognosis, but is less effective in predicting ductal spread. Cases without FDG uptake in the primary tumor may have a lower risk of recurrent disease and may be able to safely avoid adjuvant chemotherapy. Copyright© 2016 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. John G. Delinassios), All rights reserved.

  10. Pleuroperitoneal Mesothelioma: A Rare Entity on 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Sahoo, Manas Kumar; Mukherjee, Anirban; Girish; Parida, Kumar; Agarwal, Krishan Kant; Bal, Chandrasekhar; Tripathi, Madhavi; Das, Chandan Jyoti; Shamim, Shamim Ahmed

    2017-01-01

    Pleuroperitoneal mesothelioma is an extremely rare entity. Only few cases are reported worldwide. We hereby represent a case of pleural mesothelioma referred for F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography for response evaluation. Diffuse F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose avid peritoneal and omental thickening noted which subsequently turned out to be mesothelial involvement on peritoneal biopsy. This case demonstrates the role of F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in detecting other sites of involvement in case of malignant mesothelioma. PMID:28242997

  11. Searching for alternatives to full kinetic analysis in 18F-FDG PET: an extension of the simplified kinetic analysis method.

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    Hapdey, Sebastien; Buvat, Irene; Carson, Joann M; Carson, Joan M; Carrasquillo, Jorge A; Whatley, Millie; Bacharach, Stephen L

    2011-04-01

    The most accurate way to estimate the glucose metabolic rate (or its influx constant) from (18)F-FDG PET is to perform a full kinetic analysis (or its simplified Patlak version), requiring dynamic imaging and the knowledge of arterial activity as a function of time. To avoid invasive arterial blood sampling, a simplified kinetic analysis (SKA) has been proposed, based on blood curves measured from a control group. Here, we extend the SKA by allowing for a greater variety of arterial input function (A(t)) curves among patients than in the original SKA and by accounting for unmetabolized (18)F-FDG in the tumor. Ten A(t)s measured in patients were analyzed using a principal-component analysis to derive 2 principal components describing most of the variability of the A(t). The mean distribution volume of (18)F-FDG in tumors for these patients was used to estimate the corresponding quantity in other patients. In subsequent patient studies, the A(t) was described as a linear combination of the 2 principal components, for which the 2 scaling factors were obtained from an early and a late venous sample drawn for the patient. The original and extended SKA (ESKA) were assessed using fifty-seven (18)F-FDG PET scans with various tumor types and locations and using different injection and acquisition protocols, with the K(i) derived from Patlak analysis as a reference. ESKA improved the accuracy or precision of the input function (area under the blood curve) for all protocols examined. The mean errors (±SD) in K(i) estimates were -12% ± 33% for SKA and -7% ± 22% for ESKA for a 20-s injection protocol with a 55-min postinjection PET scan, 20% ± 42% for SKA and 1% ± 29% for ESKA (P < 0.05) for a 120-s injection protocol with a 55-min postinjection PET scan, and -37% ± 19% for SKA and -4% ± 6% for ESKA (P < 0.05) for a 20-s injection protocol with a 120-min postinjection PET scan. Changes in K(i) between the 2 PET scans in the same patients also tended to be estimated more

  12. Spatial-Temporal [{sup 18}F]FDG-PET Features for Predicting Pathologic Response of Esophageal Cancer to Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy

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    Tan, Shan; Kligerman, Seth; Chen, Wengen; Lu, Minh; Kim, Grace; Feigenberg, Steven; D'Souza, Warren D.; Suntharalingam, Mohan; Lu, Wei

    2013-04-01

    Purpose: To extract and study comprehensive spatial-temporal {sup 18}F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose ([{sup 18}F]FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) features for the prediction of pathologic tumor response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT) in esophageal cancer. Methods and Materials: Twenty patients with esophageal cancer were treated with trimodal therapy (CRT plus surgery) and underwent [{sup 18}F]FDG-PET/CT scans both before (pre-CRT) and after (post-CRT) CRT. The 2 scans were rigidly registered. A tumor volume was semiautomatically delineated using a threshold standardized uptake value (SUV) of ≥2.5, followed by manual editing. Comprehensive features were extracted to characterize SUV intensity distribution, spatial patterns (texture), tumor geometry, and associated changes resulting from CRT. The usefulness of each feature in predicting pathologic tumor response to CRT was evaluated using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) value. Results: The best traditional response measure was decline in maximum SUV (SUV{sub max}; AUC, 0.76). Two new intensity features, decline in mean SUV (SUV{sub mean}) and skewness, and 3 texture features (inertia, correlation, and cluster prominence) were found to be significant predictors with AUC values ≥0.76. According to these features, a tumor was more likely to be a responder when the SUV{sub mean} decline was larger, when there were relatively fewer voxels with higher SUV values pre-CRT, or when [{sup 18}F]FDG uptake post-CRT was relatively homogeneous. All of the most accurate predictive features were extracted from the entire tumor rather than from the most active part of the tumor. For SUV intensity features and tumor size features, changes were more predictive than pre- or post-CRT assessment alone. Conclusion: Spatial-temporal [{sup 18}F]FDG-PET features were found to be useful predictors of pathologic tumor response to neoadjuvant CRT in esophageal cancer.

  13. The value of primary tumor (18)F-FDG uptake on preoperative PET/CT for predicting intratumoral lymphatic invasion and axillary nodal metastasis.

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    Jung, Na Young; Kim, Sung Hoon; Kang, Bong Joo; Park, Sonya Youngju; Chung, Myung Hee

    2016-09-01

    The preoperative evaluation of axillary lymph node (LN) status is important for prognostic prediction of breast cancer. We investigated the ability of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) to predict intratumoral lymphatic invasion and axillary LN metastasis. The preoperative (18)F-FDG PET/CT images and pathologic reports for 428 breast cancer patients between January 2003 and December 2008 were evaluated retrospectively. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of the primary tumor on (18)F-FDG PET/CT, the degree of lymphatic invasion, and axillary LN metastasis identified by pathologic reports were assessed. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to identify the significant features of the primary tumor that were associated with pathologically confirmed axillary LN metastasis. The mean SUVmax of primary tumors with lymphatic invasion was higher than that of tumors without lymphatic invasion (5.13 ± 3.49 vs. 3.00 ± 2.47; p < 0.0001). The mean SUVmax of primary tumors with pathologically confirmed axillary LN metastasis was higher than that of tumors without LN metastasis (4.93 ± 3.32 vs. 3.22 ± 2.78; p < 0.0001). The degree of lymphatic invasion correlated strongly with axillary LN metastasis (p = 0.0001). Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that the high SUVmax of the primary tumor (>2.8), the high SUVmax of the axillary LN (>0.72) and the degree of lymphatic invasion were significant predictive factors of the development of axillary LN metastasis. Breast cancer patients with higher primary tumor (18)F-FDG uptake are at higher risk of concurrent intratumoral lymphatic invasion and axillary LN metastasis.

  14. (18)F-FDG PET/CT as predictor of tumour biology and prognosis in epithelial ovarian carcinoma.

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    González García, B; García Vicente, A M; Jiménez Londoño, G A; Pena Pardo, F J; Bellón Guardia, M E; Talavera Rubio, M P; Palomar Muñoz, A; Gómez Herrero, P; Soriano Castrejón, Á M

    To investigate the relationship between maximum standardised uptake value (SUVmax) of ovarian lesions and histopathology subtypes, and their involvement in the response and prognosis of patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC). A retrospective analysis of 31 patients with EOC and (18)F-FDG-PET/CT before treatment, including an assessment of the SUVmax of ovarian lesion. Histopathological diagnosis and follow-up was performed. A study was made on the relationship between the SUVmax and histological type (type I and II) and tumour stage, as well as the role of various parameters (SUVmax, histology, stage) on the patient outcomes (complete response [CR], overall survival [OS], disease-free survival [DFS], and disease-free [DF] status, at 12 and 24 months). The medium SUVmax in type I lesions was lower than in type II (6.3 and 9.3, respectively; P=.03). A 7.1 cut-off was set for SUVmax in order to identify type II EOC (sensitivity: 77.8%, specificity: 69.2%; AUC=0.748; P=.02). No significant relationship was found between tumour stage and SUVmax. CR was more common in early stages; relative risk (RR) of 1.64; P=.003, as well as in type I tumours and a lower SUVmax. Tumour stage was decisive in DFS (P=.04), LE24m (0.07) and OS (P=.08). Longer DFS and a higher percentage of DF 24m were observed in type I tumours (RR: 1.32; P=.26). SUVmax was related to EOC histology, so could predict the response and prognosis of these patients. No association was found between glycolytic activity of the primary tumor with the response and prognosis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  15. Clinical NECR in 18F-FDG PET scans: optimization of injected activity and variable acquisition time. Relationship with SNR

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    Carlier, T.; Ferrer, L.; Necib, H.; Bodet-Milin, C.; Rousseau, C.; Kraeber-Bodéré, F.

    2014-10-01

    The injected activity and the acquisition time per bed position for 18F-FDG PET scans are usually optimized by using metrics obtained from phantom experiments. However, optimal activity and time duration can significantly vary from a phantom set-up and from patient to patient. An approach using a patient-specific noise equivalent count rate (NECR) modelling has been previously proposed for optimizing clinical scanning protocols. We propose using the clinical NECR on a large population as a function of the body mass index (BMI) for deriving the optimal injected activity and acquisition duration per bed position. The relationship between the NEC and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was assessed both in a phantom and in a clinical setting. 491 consecutive patients were retrospectively evaluated and divided into 4 BMI subgroups. Two criteria were used to optimize the injected activity and the time per bed position was adjusted using the NECR value while keeping the total acquisition time constant. Finally, the relationship between NEC and SNR was investigated using an anthropomorphic phantom and a population of 507 other patients. While the first dose regimen suggested a unique injected activity (665 MBq) regardless of the BMI, the second dose regimen proposed a variable activity and a total acquisition time according to the BMI. The NEC improvement was around 35% as compared with the local current injection rule. Variable time per bed position was derived according to BMI and anatomical region. NEC and number of true events were found to be highly correlated with SNR for the phantom set-up and partially confirmed in the patient study for the BMI subgroup under 28 kg m-2 suggesting that for the scanner, the nonlinear reconstruction algorithm used in this study and BMI < 28 kg m-2, NEC, or the number of true events linearly correlated with SNR2.

  16. Gender differences in healthy aging and Alzheimer's Dementia: A (18) F-FDG-PET study of brain and cognitive reserve.

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    Malpetti, Maura; Ballarini, Tommaso; Presotto, Luca; Garibotto, Valentina; Tettamanti, Marco; Perani, Daniela

    2017-08-01

    Cognitive reserve (CR) and brain reserve (BR) are protective factors against age-associated cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disorders. Very limited evidence exists about gender effects on brain aging and on the effect of CR on brain modulation in healthy aging and Alzheimer's Dementia (AD). We investigated gender differences in brain metabolic activity and resting-state network connectivity, as measured by (18) F-FDG-PET, in healthy aging and AD, also considering the effects of education and occupation. The clinical and imaging data were retrieved from large datasets of healthy elderly subjects (HE) (225) and AD patients (282). In HE, males showed more extended age-related reduction of brain metabolism than females in frontal medial cortex. We also found differences in brain modulation as metabolic increases induced by education and occupation, namely in posterior associative cortices in HE males and in the anterior limbic-affective and executive networks in HE females. In AD patients, the correlations between education and occupation levels and brain hypometabolism showed gender differences, namely a posterior temporo-parietal association in males and a frontal and limbic association in females, indicating the involvement of different networks. Finally, the metabolic connectivity in both HE and AD aligned with these results, suggesting greater efficiency in the posterior default mode network for males, and in the anterior frontal executive network for females. The basis of these brain gender differences in both aging and AD, obtained exploring cerebral metabolism, metabolic connectivity and the effects of education and occupation, is likely at the intersection between biological and sociodemographic factors. Hum Brain Mapp 38:4212-4227, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. 18F-FDG PET of the hands with a dedicated high-resolution PEM system (arthro-PET): correlation with PET/CT, radiography and clinical parameters

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    Mhlanga, Joyce C.; Carrino, John A.; Lodge, Martin; Wang, Hao

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to prospectively determine the feasibility and compare the novel use of a positron emission mammography (PEM) scanner with standard PET/CT for evaluating hand osteoarthritis (OA) with 18F-FDG. Methods Institutional review board approval and written informed consent were obtained for this HIPAA-compliant prospective study in which 14 adults referred for oncological 18F-FDG PET/CT underwent dedicated hand PET/CT followed by arthro-PET using the PEM device. Hand radiographs were obtained and scored for the presence and severity of OA. Summed qualitative and quantitative joint glycolytic scores for each modality were compared with the findings on plain radiography and clinical features. Results Eight patients with clinical and/or radiographic evidence of OA comprised the OA group (mean age 73±7.7 years). Six patients served as the control group (53.7±9.3 years). Arthro-PET quantitative and qualitative joint glycolytic scores were highly correlated with PET/CT findings in the OA patients (r=0.86. p =0.007; r=0.94, p=0.001). Qualitative arthro-PET and PET/CT joint scores were significantly higher in the OA patients than in controls (38.7±6.6 vs. 32.2±0.4, p=0.02; 37.5±5.4 vs. 32.2±0.4, p=0.03, respectively). Quantitative arthro-PET and PET/CT maximum SUV-lean joint scores were higher in the OA patients, although they did not reach statistical significance (20.8±4.2 vs. 18±1.8, p= 0.13; 22.8±5.38 vs. 20.1±1.54, p=0.21). By definition, OA patients had higher radiographic joint scores than controls (30.9±31.3 vs. 0, p=0.03). Conclusion Hand imaging using a small field of view PEM system (arthro-PET) with FDG is feasible, performing comparably to PET/CT in assessing metabolic joint activity. Arthro-PET and PET/CT showed higher joint FDG uptake in OA. Further exploration of arthro-PET in arthritis management is warranted. PMID:25134669

  18. 18F-FDG PET of the hands with a dedicated high-resolution PEM system (arthro-PET): correlation with PET/CT, radiography and clinical parameters.

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    Mhlanga, Joyce C; Carrino, John A; Lodge, Martin; Wang, Hao; Wahl, Richard L

    2014-12-01

    The aim of this study was to prospectively determine the feasibility and compare the novel use of a positron emission mammography (PEM) scanner with standard PET/CT for evaluating hand osteoarthritis (OA) with (18)F-FDG. Institutional review board approval and written informed consent were obtained for this HIPAA-compliant prospective study in which 14 adults referred for oncological (18)F-FDG PET/CT underwent dedicated hand PET/CT followed by arthro-PET using the PEM device. Hand radiographs were obtained and scored for the presence and severity of OA. Summed qualitative and quantitative joint glycolytic scores for each modality were compared with the findings on plain radiography and clinical features. Eight patients with clinical and/or radiographic evidence of OA comprised the OA group (mean age 73 ± 7.7 years). Six patients served as the control group (53.7 ± 9.3 years). Arthro-PET quantitative and qualitative joint glycolytic scores were highly correlated with PET/CT findings in the OA patients (r = 0.86. p = 0.007; r = 0.94, p = 0.001). Qualitative arthro-PET and PET/CT joint scores were significantly higher in the OA patients than in controls (38.7 ± 6.6 vs. 32.2 ± 0.4, p = 0.02; 37.5 ± 5.4 vs. 32.2 ± 0.4, p = 0.03, respectively). Quantitative arthro-PET and PET/CT maximum SUV-lean joint scores were higher in the OA patients, although they did not reach statistical significance (20.8 ± 4.2 vs. 18 ± 1.8, p = 0.13; 22.8 ± 5.38 vs. 20.1 ± 1.54, p = 0.21). By definition, OA patients had higher radiographic joint scores than controls (30.9 ± 31.3 vs. 0, p = 0.03). Hand imaging using a small field of view PEM system (arthro-PET) with FDG is feasible, performing comparably to PET/CT in assessing metabolic joint activity. Arthro-PET and PET/CT showed higher joint FDG uptake in OA. Further exploration of arthro-PET in arthritis management is warranted.

  19. 18F-FDG silicon photomultiplier PET/CT: A pilot study comparing semi-quantitative measurements with standard PET/CT

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    Park, Sonya Young; Hatami, Negin; Davidzon, Guido; Srinivas, Shyam; Gambhir, Sanjiv Sam; Iagaru, Andrei

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate if the new Discovery Molecular Insights (DMI) PET/CT scanner provides equivalent results compared to the standard of care PET/CT scanners (GE Discovery 600 or GE Discovery 690) used in our clinic and to explore any possible differences in semi-quantitative measurements. Methods The local Institutional Review Board approved the protocol and written informed consent was obtained from each patient. Between September and November 2016, 50 patients underwent a single 18F-FDG injection and two scans: the clinical standard PET/CT followed immediately by the DMI PET/CT scan. We measured SUVmax and SUVmean of different background organs and up to four lesions per patient from data acquired using both scanners. Results DMI PET/CT identified all the 107 lesions detected by standard PET/CT scanners, as well as additional 37 areas of focal increased 18F-FDG uptake. The SUVmax values for all 107 lesions ranged 1.2 to 14.6 (mean ± SD: 2.8 ± 2.8), higher on DMI PET/CT compared with standard of care PET/CT. The mean lesion:aortic arch SUVmax ratio and mean lesion:liver SUVmax ratio were 0.2–15.2 (mean ± SD: 3.2 ± 2.6) and 0.2–8.5 (mean ± SD: 1.9 ± 1.4) respectively, higher on DMI PET/CT than standard PET/CT. These differences were statistically significant (P value < 0.0001) and not correlated to the delay in acquisition of DMI PET data (P < 0.0001). Conclusions Our study shows high performance of the new DMI PET/CT scanner. This may have a significant role in diagnosing and staging disease, as well as for assessing and monitoring responses to therapies. PMID:28582472

  20. 18F-FDG silicon photomultiplier PET/CT: A pilot study comparing semi-quantitative measurements with standard PET/CT.

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    Baratto, Lucia; Park, Sonya Young; Hatami, Negin; Davidzon, Guido; Srinivas, Shyam; Gambhir, Sanjiv Sam; Iagaru, Andrei

    2017-01-01

    To evaluate if the new Discovery Molecular Insights (DMI) PET/CT scanner provides equivalent results compared to the standard of care PET/CT scanners (GE Discovery 600 or GE Discovery 690) used in our clinic and to explore any possible differences in semi-quantitative measurements. The local Institutional Review Board approved the protocol and written informed consent was obtained from each patient. Between September and November 2016, 50 patients underwent a single 18F-FDG injection and two scans: the clinical standard PET/CT followed immediately by the DMI PET/CT scan. We measured SUVmax and SUVmean of different background organs and up to four lesions per patient from data acquired using both scanners. DMI PET/CT identified all the 107 lesions detected by standard PET/CT scanners, as well as additional 37 areas of focal increased 18F-FDG uptake. The SUVmax values for all 107 lesions ranged 1.2 to 14.6 (mean ± SD: 2.8 ± 2.8), higher on DMI PET/CT compared with standard of care PET/CT. The mean lesion:aortic arch SUVmax ratio and mean lesion:liver SUVmax ratio were 0.2-15.2 (mean ± SD: 3.2 ± 2.6) and 0.2-8.5 (mean ± SD: 1.9 ± 1.4) respectively, higher on DMI PET/CT than standard PET/CT. These differences were statistically significant (P value < 0.0001) and not correlated to the delay in acquisition of DMI PET data (P < 0.0001). Our study shows high performance of the new DMI PET/CT scanner. This may have a significant role in diagnosing and staging disease, as well as for assessing and monitoring responses to therapies.

  1. Extensive hypermetabolic pattern of brown adipose tissue activation on 18F-FDG PET/CT in a patient diagnosed of catecholamine-secreting para-vesical paraganglioma.

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    Banzo, J; Ubieto, M A; Berisa, M F; Andrés, A; Mateo, M L; Tardín, L; Parra, A; Razola, P; Prats, E

    2013-01-01

    The widespread use of (18)F-FDG PET-CT scanning in oncological patients has allowed to demonstrate the existence of metabolically active brown fat, also called brown adipose tissue (BAT), in adult humans, and specifying its anatomical distribution in vivo. As physiological determinants to BAT (18)F-FDG uptake has been identified gender, age, temperature, and body mass index. We have observed extensive activation of the BAT, including the mesenteric region, in a patient with a catecholamine-secreting para-vesical paranganglioma. The extensive BAT activation could be secondary to adrenergic stimulation due to excess of circulating norepinephrine concentration. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  2. Tumor growth-inhibitory effect of an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (captopril) in a lung cancer xenograft model analyzed using 18F-FDG-PET/CT.

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    Nakaya, Koji; Otsuka, Hideki; Kondo, Kazuya; Otani, Tamaki; Nagata, Motoi

    2016-02-01

    We administered an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (captopril) to mice implanted with a human lung adenocarcinoma epithelial cell line (A549 cells) and investigated the tumor growth-inhibitory effect of captopril from the viewpoint of glucose metabolism using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG)-PET/CT. Subcutaneous implantation of A549 cells (1.9×10(6) cells) was carried out in the lower right flank of mice. Fifteen days after the transplantation of A549 cells, mice (six in each group) were treated with captopril (3.0 mg/mouse) or saline (1000 μl/mouse) for 5 days. We performed (18)F-FDG-PET/CT imaging of the mice before and after the treatment and evaluated the degree of (18)F-FDG accumulation in tumors. In both groups (the captopril-administrated and control groups), values for the metabolic tumor volume (MTV), maximum standardized uptake value, total lesion glycolysis, and tumor volume after treatment had a tendency to increase. However, tumor growth was suppressed in the captopril-administrated group compared with the control group. In terms of the growth rate, the MTV and tumor volume were significantly different (P<0.05). It was found that captopril exerted a potential tumor growth-inhibitory effect; this was because the captopril-administrated group showed low values of MTV, maximum standardized uptake value, total lesion glycolysis, and tumor volume in comparison with the control group.

  3. Prognostic value of metabolic variables of [18F]FDG PET/CT in surgically resected stage I lung adenocarcinoma

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    Wang, Xiao-Yi; Zhao, Yan-Feng; Liu, Ying; Yang, Yi-Kun; Wu, Ning

    2017-01-01

    Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the prognostic value of metabolic tumor burden measured by positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with stage I lung adenocarcinoma. We reviewed 127 consecutive patients with pathologically proven stage I lung adenocarcinoma who underwent pretreatment [18F]FDG PET/CT scans in our hospital from 2005 June to 2012 June. The maximum, mean, and peak standardized uptake value (SUVmax, SUVmean, and SUVpeak), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), and computed tomography volume (CTV) were measured. The Kaplan–Meier and Cox proportional hazards model were used with age, gender, TNM stage, clinical stage, histological grade, nodule type, tumor size, and metabolic parameters to predict progression-free survival (PFS). The cut-off point was determined through receiver-operating characteristic curve. In univariate analysis, the histological grade, nodule type, diameter (cut-off value of 2.0 cm), CTV (6.56 cm3), SUVmax (3.25 g/mL), SUVmean (1.58 g/mL), SUVpeak (1.84 g/mL), MTV (4.80 cm3), and TLG (10.40) were significantly associated with PFS (all P value < .05). Patients with poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, solid nodule type, large size, and high metabolic tumor burden were associated with poor prognosis. In multivariate analysis, only histological grade was independent prognostic factors for progression with a P value of .005 (RR, 0.355; 95% CI, 0.173–0.728). Among 5 PET/CT metabolic parameters, only MTV was independent prognostic factors for progression with a P value of .031 (RR, 1.118; 95% CI, 1.010–1.237). Histological grade was an independent predictor for progression in patients with stage I lung adenocarcinoma. Among 5 PET/CT metabolic parameters, only MTV was an independent predictor for progression. PMID:28858121

  4. Comparison of 18F-FDG PET/CT for Systemic Staging of Newly Diagnosed Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Versus Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

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    Hogan, Molly P.; Goldman, Debra A.; Dashevsky, Brittany; Riedl, Christopher C.; Gönen, Mithat; Osborne, Joseph R.; Jochelson, Maxine; Hudis, Clifford; Morrow, Monica; Ulaner, Gary A.

    2016-01-01

    Although guidelines such as those of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network consider 18F-FDG PET/CT for systemic staging of newly diagnosed stage III breast cancer patients, factors in addition to stage may influence the utility of PET/CT. Because invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) is less conspicuous than invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) on 18F-FDG PET, we hypothesized that tumor histology may be one such factor. We evaluated PET/CT systemic staging of patients newly diagnosed with ILC compared with IDC. Methods In this Institutional Review Board–approved retrospective study, our Hospital Information System was screened for ILC patients who underwent PET/CT in 2006–2013 before systemic or radiation therapy. Initial stage was determined from examination, mammography, ultrasound, MR, or surgery. PET/CT was performed to identify unsuspected distant metastases. A sequential cohort of stage III IDC patients was evaluated for comparison. Upstaging rates were compared using the Pearson χ2 test. Results The study criteria were fulfilled by 146 ILC patients. PET/CT revealed unsuspected distant metastases in 12 (8%): 0 of 8 with initial stage I, 2 of 50 (4%) stage II, and 10 of 88 (11%) stage III. Upstaging to IV by PET/CT was confirmed by biopsy in all cases. Three of 12 upstaged patients were upstaged only by the CT component of the PET/CT, as the metastases were not 18F-FDG–avid. In the comparison stage III IDC cohort, 22% (20/89) of patients were upstaged to IV by PET/CT. All 20 demonstrated 18F-FDG–avid metastases. The relative risk of PET/CT revealing unsuspected distant metastases in stage III IDC patients was 1.98 times (95% confidence interval, 0.98–3.98) that of stage III ILC patients (P = 0.049). For 18F-FDG–avid metastases, the relative risk of PET/CT revealing unsuspected 18F-FDG–avid distant metastases in stage III IDC patients was 2.82 times (95% confidence interval, 1.26–6.34) that of stage III ILC patients (P = 0.007). Conclusion 18F-FDG

  5. Brain energy metabolism and neuroinflammation in ageing APP/PS1-21 mice using longitudinal (18)F-FDG and (18)F-DPA-714 PET imaging.

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    Takkinen, Jatta S; López-Picón, Francisco R; Al Majidi, Rana; Eskola, Olli; Krzyczmonik, Anna; Keller, Thomas; Löyttyniemi, Eliisa; Solin, Olof; Rinne, Juha O; Haaparanta-Solin, Merja

    2017-08-01

    Preclinical animal model studies of brain energy metabolism and neuroinflammation in Alzheimer's disease have produced conflicting results, hampering both the elucidation of the underlying disease mechanism and the development of effective Alzheimer's disease therapies. Here, we aimed to quantify the relationship between brain energy metabolism and neuroinflammation in the APP/PS1-21 transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease using longitudinal in vivo(18)F-FDG and (18)F-DPA-714) PET imaging and ex vivo brain autoradiography. APP/PS1-21 (TG, n = 9) and wild type control mice (WT, n = 9) were studied longitudinally every third month from age 6 to 15 months with (18)F-FDG and (18)F-DPA-714 with a one-week interval between the scans. Additional TG (n = 52) and WT (n = 29) mice were used for ex vivo studies. In vivo, the (18)F-FDG SUVs were lower and the (18)F-DPA-714 binding ratios relative to the cerebellum were higher in the TG mouse cortex and hippocampus than in WT mice at age 12 to 15 months ( p < 0.05). The ex vivo cerebellum binding ratios supported the results of the in vivo(18)F-DPA-714 studies but not the (18)F-FDG studies. This longitudinal PET study demonstrated decreased energy metabolism and increased inflammation in the brains of APP/PS1-21 mice compared to WT mice.

  6. Predicting Response to Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy in Esophageal Cancer with Textural Features Derived from Pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET/CT Imaging.

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    Beukinga, Roelof J; Hulshoff, Jan B; van Dijk, Lisanne V; Muijs, Christina T; Burgerhof, Johannes G M; Kats-Ugurlu, Gursah; Slart, Riemer H J A; Slump, Cornelis H; Mul, Véronique E M; Plukker, John Th M

    2017-05-01

    Adequate prediction of tumor response to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) in esophageal cancer (EC) patients is important in a more personalized treatment. The current best clinical method to predict pathologic complete response is SUVmax in (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging. To improve the prediction of response, we constructed a model to predict complete response to nCRT in EC based on pretreatment clinical parameters and (18)F-FDG PET/CT-derived textural features. Methods: From a prospectively maintained single-institution database, we reviewed 97 consecutive patients with locally advanced EC and a pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan between 2009 and 2015. All patients were treated with nCRT (carboplatin/paclitaxel/41.4 Gy) followed by esophagectomy. We analyzed clinical, geometric, and pretreatment textural features extracted from both (18)F-FDG PET and CT. The current most accurate prediction model with SUVmax as a predictor variable was compared with 6 different response prediction models constructed using least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regularized logistic regression. Internal validation was performed to estimate the model's performances. Pathologic response was defined as complete versus incomplete response (Mandard tumor regression grade system 1 vs. 2-5). Results: Pathologic examination revealed 19 (19.6%) complete and 78 (80.4%) incomplete responders. Least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regularization selected the clinical parameters: histologic type and clinical T stage, the (18)F-FDG PET-derived textural feature long run low gray level emphasis, and the CT-derived textural feature run percentage. Introducing these variables to a logistic regression analysis showed areas under the receiver-operating-characteristic curve (AUCs) of 0.78 compared with 0.58 in the SUVmax model. The discrimination slopes were 0.17 compared with 0.01, respectively. After internal validation, the AUCs decreased to 0.74 and 0.54, respectively. Conclusion

  7. Risk stratification in patients with advanced-stage breast cancer by pretreatment [(18) F]FDG PET/CT.

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    Chen, Suyun; Ibrahim, Nuhad K; Yan, Yuanqing; Wong, Stephen T; Wang, Hui; Wong, Franklin C

    2015-11-15

    The objective of the current study was to investigate the prognostic value of pretreatment [(18) F] fluorodeoxyglucose position emission tomography/computed tomography ([(18) F]FDG PET/CT) in patients with advanced-stage breast cancer. Pretreatment PET/CT scans from 240 consecutive patients with American Joint Committee on Cancer stage III or stage IV BC were analyzed retrospectively. Clinicopathological factors and metabolic parameters of the primary tumor including maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax ), metabolic tumor volume, and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) with a range of thresholds were compared to predict progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) using a time-dependent receiver operating characteristic curve and Cox proportional hazards regression analyses. SUVmax with a cutoff value of 6.0, TLG30% with a cutoff value of 158 g, and phenotype associated with PFS and OS were analyzed using multivariate analysis. The mean TLG30% of primary tumors for patients with stage III and stage IV disease was 405 g and 750 g (P = .010), respectively. Patients with triple-negative breast cancer or a TLG30% >158 g or with both were categorized as being at high risk, and those with non-triple-negative breast cancer and a primary tumor with a TLG30% ≤158 g were defined as low risk. The 5-year PFS rates for stage III disease among patients with low-risk versus high-risk BC were 85% and 67.5%, respectively. For patients with stage IV disease, the 5-year PFS rates were 45% and 9%, respectively, for patients with low-risk versus high-risk disease. Patients with stage III and high-risk BC had OS rates that were similar to those for patients with stage IV and low-risk BC (P = .552). The TLG30% from pretreatment PET/CT was found to independently correlate with survival outcomes and appears to be able to effectively stratify both patients with stage III and those with stage IV BC. © 2015 American Cancer Society.

  8. Use of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the preoperative evaluation of patients diagnosed with peritoneal carcinomatosis of ovarian origin, candidates to cytoreduction and hipec. A pending issue.

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    Lopez-Lopez, V; Cascales-Campos, P A; Gil, J; Frutos, L; Andrade, R J; Fuster-Quiñonero, M; Feliciangeli, E; Gil, E; Parrilla, P

    2016-10-01

    To evaluate the clinical usefulness of the results obtained with (18)F-FDG PET/CT in relation to CT in the preoperative staging of patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis secondary to primary or recurrent ovarian cancer candidates to cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). A retrospective study comparing the results obtained with CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the preoperative evaluation of a series of 59 patients was performed. In all patients the peritoneal carcinomatosis index (PCI) was determined by preoperative radiological CT and 18F-FDG PET/CT and compared with surgical PCI, which was considered as reference. Of the 59 patients studied, in 55 peritoneal carcinomatosis presences were confirmed (4 patients had complete responses to neoadjuvant chemotherapy). The mean surgical, CT and 18F-FDG PET/CT PCI was 9.46±7.70, 3.69±3.96 and 2.25±1.02, respectively. In the global disease detection, CT showed a higher positive likelihood ratio (LR+) than (18)F-FDG PET/CT (15.3, 95% CI 8.35-28.04 vs. 3.47, 95% CI 3.36-5.11) and a lower negative likelihood ratio (LR-) than 18F-FDG PET/CT (0.67, 95% CI 0.61-0.73 vs. 0.82, 95% CI 0.76-0.88). In every region of the abdomen the CT showed a greater LR+ than 18F-FDG PET/CT and a lower LR- than 18F-FDG PET/CT. CT showed the best diagnostic results compared to (18)F-FDG PET/CT to confirme the presence of peritoneal disease. The lower performance of the (18)F-FDG PET/CT suggests that the main utility of (18)F-FDG PET/CT is to evaluate a possible metastatic extraperitoneal spread of the disease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Brain metabolic changes in Hodgkin disease patients following diagnosis and during the disease course: An 18F-FDG PET/CT study

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    CHIARAVALLOTI, AGOSTINO; PAGANI, MARCO; CANTONETTI, MARIA; DI PIETRO, BARBARA; TAVOLOZZA, MARIO; TRAVASCIO, LAURA; DI BIAGIO, DANIELE; DANIELI, ROBERTA; SCHILLACI, ORAZIO

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate brain glucose metabolism in patients with Hodgkin disease (HD) after diagnosis and during chemotherapy treatment. Following the administration of first-line doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine (ABVD) chemotherapy, 74 HD patients underwent 18F-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography brain scans, both baseline (PET0) and interim (PET2) at the Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy). Fifty-seven patients were further evaluated 15±6 days after four additional cycles (PET6). Furthermore, a control group (CG) of 40 chemotherapy-naïve subjects was enrolled. Differences in brain 18F-FDG uptake between the CG, PET0, PET2 and PET6 scans were analyzed using statistical parametric mapping. Compared with the PET0 and CG scans, the PET2 scan demonstrated a higher metabolic activity in Brodmann area (BA) 39, and a metabolic reduction in BA 11 bilaterally and in left BA 32. All of these changes disappeared at PET6. The results of the present study indicate that ABVD chemotherapy has a limited impact on brain metabolism. PMID:25621038

  10. Clinical Indications and Impact on Management: Fourth and Subsequent Posttherapy Follow-up (18)F-FDG PET/CT Scans in Oncology Patients.

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    Taghipour, Mehdi; Marcus, Charles; Sheikhbahaei, Sara; Mena, Esther; Prasad, Shwetha; Jha, Abhinav K; Solnes, Lilja; Subramaniam, Rathan M

    2017-05-01

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services coverage includes 3 posttherapy (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans per patient and per tumor type. Any additional follow-up (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans will be reimbursed at the discretion of a local Medicare administrator, if deemed medically necessary. This study aimed to investigate common clinical indications for performing a fourth or additional follow-up (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans that could affect the management of patients. Methods: This was a retrospective institutional review of 433 oncology patients (203 men; mean age, 55 y), including a total of 1,659 fourth or subsequent follow-up PET/CT scans after completion of primary treatment. Twelve indications for performing a fourth or subsequent follow-up PET/CT scan were determined, and the impact of each of the 12 indications on patients' management was evaluated. Results: The primary tumors were breast cancer (92 patients, 426 scans), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (77 patients, 208 scans), Hodgkin disease (41 patients, 182 scans), colorectal cancer (70 patients, 286 scans), melanoma (69 patients, 271 scans), and lung cancer (84 patients, 286 scans). The indications were categorized in 4 groups: PET/CT for diagnosis of tumor recurrence (303/1,659, 18.3%), PET/CT before starting therapy for tumor recurrence (64/1,659, 3.9%), PET/CT to assess therapy response for tumor recurrence (507/1,659, 30.6%), and follow-up PET/CT after completion of treatment for tumor recurrence (785/1,659, 47.3%). Overall, fourth and subsequent follow-up (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans resulted in change in management in 31.6% of the scans (356 of 1,128) when the scans were obtained for medical necessities (indications 1-11), and in 5.6% of the scans (30/531) when the scans were obtained without any medical necessity (indication 12). Conclusion: The fourth and subsequent PET/CT scans obtained after completion of primary treatment led to a change in management in 31.6% of the scans when acquired for appropriate clinical reasons

  11. TU-CD-BRB-10: 18F-FDG PET Image-Derived Tumor Features Highlight Altered Pathways Identified by Trancriptomic Analysis in Head and Neck Cancer

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    Tixier, F; Cheze-Le-Rest, C; Dufour, X; Hatt, M; Visvikis, D; Valette, G; Potard, G; Corcos, L

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Several quantitative features can be extracted from 18F-FDG PET images, such as standardized uptake values (SUVs), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), shape characterization (SC) or intra-tumor radiotracer heterogeneity quantification (HQ). Some of these features calculated from baseline 18F-FDG PET images have shown a prognostic and predictive clinical value. It has been hypothesized that these features highlight underlying tumor patho-physiological processes at smaller scales. The objective of this study was to investigate the ability of recovering alterations of signaling pathways from FDG PET image-derived features. Methods: 52 patients were prospectively recruited from two medical centers (Brest and Poitiers). All patients underwent an FDG PET scan for staging and biopsies of both healthy and primary tumor tissues. Biopsies went through a transcriptomic analysis performed in four spates on 4×44k chips (Agilent™). Primary tumors were delineated in the PET images using the Fuzzy Locally Adaptive Bayesian algorithm and characterized using 10 features including SUVs, SC and HQ. A module network algorithm followed by functional annotation was exploited in order to link PET features with signaling pathways alterations. Results: Several PET-derived features were found to discriminate differentially expressed genes between tumor and healthy tissue (fold-change >2, p<0.01) into 30 co-regulated groups (p<0.05). Functional annotations applied to these groups of genes highlighted associations with well-known pathways involved in cancer processes, such as cell proliferation and apoptosis, as well as with more specific ones such as unsaturated fatty acids. Conclusion: Quantitative features extracted from baseline 18F-FDG PET images usually exploited only for diagnosis and staging, were identified in this work as being related to specific altered pathways and may show promise as tools for personalizing treatment decisions.

  12. Is there any significance of lung cancer histology to compare the diagnostic accuracies of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and (99m)Tc-MDP BS for the detection of bone metastases in advanced NSCLC?

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    Inal, Ali; Kaplan, Muhammed Ali; Kucukoner, Mehmet; Urakcı, Zuhat; Dostbil, Zeki; Komek, Hail; Onder, Hakan; Tasdemir, Bekir; Isıkdogan, Abdurrahman

    2014-01-01

    Bone scintigraphy (BS) and fluorine-18 deoxyglucose positron emission tomography computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) are widely used for the detection of bone involvement. The optimal imaging modality for the detection of bone metastases in histological subgroups of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains ambiguous. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of (18)F-FDG-PET/C and 99mTc-methylene diphosphonate ((99m)Tc-MDP) BS in the detection of bone metastases of patients in NSCLC. Specifically, we compared the diagnostic accuracies of these imaging techniques evaluating bone metastasis in histological subgroups of NSCLC. Fifty-three patients with advanced NSCLC, who had undergone both (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and BS and were eventually diagnosed as having bone metastasis, were enrolled in this retrospective study. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and BS were 90.4%, 99.4%, 98.1%, 96.6%, 97.0% and 84.6%, 93.1%, 82.5%, 93.2, 90.8%, respectively. The κ statistics were calculated for (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and BS. The κ-value was 0.67 between (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and BS in all patients. On the other hand, the κ-value was 0.65 in adenocarcinoma, and 0.61 in squamous cell carcinoma between (18)F-FDG-PET/CT and BS. The κ-values suggested excellent agreement between all patients and histological subgroups of NSCLC. (18)F-FDG-PET/CT was more favorable than BS in the screening of metastatic bone lesions, but the trend did not reach statistical significance in all patients and histological subgroups of NSCLC. Our results need to be validated in prospective and larger study clinical trials to further clarify this topic.

  13. Treatment response evaluation with (18)F-FDG PET/CT and (18)F-NaF PET/CT in multiple myeloma patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation.

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    Sachpekidis, Christos; Hillengass, J; Goldschmidt, H; Wagner, B; Haberkorn, U; Kopka, K; Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, A

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the combined use of the radiotracers (18)F-FDG and (18)F-NaF in treatment response evaluation of a group of multiple myeloma (MM) patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy (HDT) followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) by means of static (whole-body) and dynamic PET/CT (dPET/CT). Thirty-four patients with primary, previously untreated MM scheduled for treatment with HDT followed by ASCT were enrolled in the study. All patients underwent PET/CT scanning with (18)F-FDG and (18)F-NaF before and after therapy. Treatment response by means of PET/CT was assessed according to the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 1999 criteria. The evaluation of dPET/CT studies was based on qualitative evaluation, semi-quantitative (SUV) calculation, and quantitative analysis based on two-tissue compartment modelling and a non-compartmental approach leading to the extraction of fractal dimension (FD). An analysis was possible in 29 patients: three with clinical complete response (CR) and 26 with non-CR (13 patients near complete response-nCR, four patients very good partial response-VGPR, nine patients partial response-PR). After treatment, (18)F-FDG PET/CT was negative in 14/29 patients and positive in 15/29 patients, showing a sensitivity of 57.5 % and a specificity of 100 %. According to the EORTC 1999 criteria, (18)F-FDG PET/CT-based treatment response revealed CR in 14 patients ((18)F-FDG PET/CT CR), PR in 11 patients ((18)F-FDG PET/CT PR) and progressive disease in four patients ((18)F-FDG PET/CT PD). In terms of (18)F-NaF PET/CT, 4/29 patients (13.8 %) had a negative baseline scan, thus failed to depict MM. Regarding the patients for which a direct lesion-to-lesion comparison was feasible, (18)F-NaF PET/CT depicted 56 of the 129 (18)F-FDG positive lesions (43 %). Follow-up (18)F-NaF PET/CT showed persistence of 81.5 % of the baseline (18)F-NaF positive MM lesions after treatment, despite the

  14. Genetic and Environmental Influences on Regional Brain Uptake of 18F-FDG: A PET Study on Monozygotic and Dizygotic Twins.

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    Watanabe, Shinichiro; Kato, Hiroki; Shimosegawa, Eku; Hatazawa, Jun

    2016-03-01

    Genetic or environmental influences on cerebral glucose metabolism are unknown. We attempted to reveal these influences in elderly twins by means of (18)F-FDG PET. (18)F-FDG uptake was studied in 40 monozygotic and 18 dizygotic volunteer twin pairs aged 30 y or over. We also created 18 control pairs by pairing age- and sex-matched genetically unrelated subjects from dizygotic and monozygotic pairs. SUV images of the brain were reconstructed and analyzed by voxel-based statistical analysis with automated region-of-interest setting. The (18)F-FDG uptake in each cerebral lobe was semiquantified by taking a ratio of SUVmean in each region of interest to whole-brain SUVaverage. We calculated an intraclass correlation coefficient of SUV ratio in each region of interest for monozygotic and dizygotic pairs. By comparing differences in coefficients between monozygotic and dizygotic pairs, genetic and environmental contributions were estimated. The intraclass correlation coefficient in monozygotic pairs was significantly higher than that in dizygotic pairs in the parietal lobes bilaterally (P < 0.001) and in the left temporal lobe (P < 0.05) but was not significantly different in other lobes. The present study indicated that in the right and left parietal lobes and left temporal lobe, cerebral glucose metabolism is influenced more by genetics than by environment, whereas in other brain regions the influence of environment is dominant. © 2016 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

  15. Staging of cervical cancer based on tumor heterogeneity characterized by texture features on 18F-FDG PET images

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    Mu, Wei; Chen, Zhe; Liang, Ying; Shen, Wei; Yang, Feng; Dai, Ruwei; Wu, Ning; Tian, Jie

    2015-07-01

    The aim of the study is to assess the staging value of the tumor heterogeneity characterized by texture features and other commonly used semi-quantitative indices extracted from 18F-FDG PET images of cervical cancer (CC) patients. Forty-two patients suffering CC at different stages were enrolled in this study. Firstly, we proposed a new tumor segmentation method by combining the intensity and gradient field information in a level set framework. Secondly, fifty-four 3D texture features were studied besides of SUVs (SUVmax, SUVmean, SUVpeak) and metabolic tumor volume (MTV). Through correlation analysis, receiver-operating-characteristic (ROC) curves analysis, some independent indices showed statistically significant differences between the early stage (ES, stages I and II) and the advanced stage (AS, stages III and IV). Then the tumors represented by those independent indices could be automatically classified into ES and AS, and the most discriminative feature could be chosen. Finally, the robustness of the optimal index with respect to sampling schemes and the quality of the PET images were validated. Using the proposed segmentation method, the dice similarity coefficient and Hausdorff distance were 91.78   ±   1.66% and 7.94   ±   1.99 mm, respectively. According to the correlation analysis, all the fifty-eight indices could be divided into 20 groups. Six independent indices were selected for their highest areas under the ROC curves (AUROC), and showed significant differences between ES and AS (P  <  0.05). Through automatic classification with the support vector machine (SVM) Classifier, run percentage (RP) was the most discriminative index with the higher accuracy (88.10%) and larger AUROC (0.88). The Pearson correlation of RP under different sampling schemes is 0.9991   ±   0.0011. RP is a highly stable feature and well correlated with tumor stage in CC, which suggests it could differentiate ES and AS with high

  16. Evaluation of a calibrated (18)F-FDG PET score as a biomarker for progression in Alzheimer disease and mild cognitive impairment.

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    Herholz, Karl; Westwood, Sarah; Haense, Cathleen; Dunn, Graham

    2011-08-01

    Increasingly, clinical trials are being planned in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to prevent or delay the onset of dementia in Alzheimer disease (AD) by disease-modifying intervention. Inclusion of imaging techniques as biomarkers for patient selection and assessment of outcome is expected to increase trial efficacy. PET using (18)F-FDG provides objective information about the impairment of synaptic function and could, with appropriate standardization, qualify as a biomarker. We evaluated a predefined quantitative measure (PET score) that is extracted automatically from (18)F-FDG PET scans using a sample of controls (n = 44), patients with MCI (n = 94), and patients with mild AD (n = 40) from the Alzheimer Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Subjects received 4 scans and clinical assessments over 2 y. PET scores provide much higher test-retest reliability than standard neuropsychologic test scores (Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive [ADAS-cog] and Mini-Mental State Examination) and superior signal strength for measuring progression. At the same time, they are related linearly to ADAS-cog scores, thus providing a valid measure of cognitive impairment. In addition, PET scores at study entry in MCI patients significantly predict clinical progression to dementia with a higher accuracy than Mini-Mental State Examination and ADAS-cog. (18)F-FDG PET scores are a valid imaging biomarker to monitor the progression of MCI to AD. Their superior test-retest reliability and signal strength will allow the reduction in the number of subjects needed or shortening of study duration substantially.

  17. Comparison of 18F-FDG PET/CT and DWI for detection of mediastinal nodal metastasis in non-small cell lung cancer: A meta-analysis

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    Zhang, Kan; Ren, Pengwei; Jia, Zhiyun

    2017-01-01

    Background Accurate clinical staging of mediastinal lymph nodes of patients with lung cancer is important in determining therapeutic options and prognoses. We aimed to compare the diagnostic performance of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) in detecting mediastinal nodal metastasis of lung cancer. Methods Relevant studies were systematically searched in the MEDLINE, EMBASE, PUBMED, and Cochrane Library databases. Based on extracted data, the pooled sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative likelihood ratios (PLR and NLR) with individual 95% confidence intervals were calculated. In addition, the publication bias was assessed by Deek’s funnel plot of the asymmetry test. The potential heterogeneity was explored by threshold effect analysis and subgroup analyses. Results Forty-three studies were finally included. For PET/CT, the pooled sensitivity and specificity were 0.65 (0.63–0.67) and 0.93 (0.93–0.94), respectively. The corresponding values of DWI were 0.72 (0.68–0.76) and 0.97 (0.96–0.98), respectively. The overall PLR and NLR of DWI were 13.15 (5.98–28.89) and 0.32 (0.27–0.39), respectively. For PET/CT, the corresponding values were 8.46 (6.54–10.96) and 0.38 (0.33–0.45), respectively. The Deek’s test revealed no significant publication bias. Study design and patient enrollment were potential causes for the heterogeneity of DWI studies and the threshold was a potential source for PET/CT studies. Conclusion Both modalities are beneficial in detecting lymph nodes metastases in lung cancer without significant differences between them. DWI might be an alternative modality for evaluating nodal status of NSCLC. PMID:28253364

  18. Prognostic impact of 18F-FDG PET/CT staging and of pathological response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in triple-negative breast cancer.

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    Groheux, D; Giacchetti, S; Delord, M; de Roquancourt, A; Merlet, P; Hamy, A S; Espié, M; Hindié, E

    2015-03-01

    Mortality is high in patients with locally advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), especially in those with residual tumour after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). The aim of this study was to determine if pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET/CT staging and pathological findings after NAC could together allow stratification of patients into prognostic groups. Initial staging with (18)F-FDG PET/CT was performed prospectively in 85 consecutive patients with stage II/III TNBC. Correlations between PET findings and disease-specific survival (DSS) were examined. In patients without distant metastases on PET staging, the impact of pathological response to NAC on DSS was examined. Patterns of recurrence were also analysed. (18)F-DG PET/CT revealed distant metastases in 11 of 85 patients (12.9 %). Among 74 M0 patients, 23 (31.1 %) showed a pathological complete response (pCR) at surgery, while 51 had residual invasive disease (no pCR). DSS differed considerably among the three groups of patients (log-rank P < .001): among patients with occult metastases on baseline PET/CT, 2-year DSS was 18.2 %, and among patients without initial metastases on PET/CT, 5-year DSS was 61.3 % in patients without pCR after NAC and 95.2 % in those with pCR. Of the 51 patients who did not achieve pCR, 21 relapsed (17 developed distant metastases). The sites of distant recurrence were: lung/pleura (nine patients), brain (eight patients), liver (six patients), distant lymph nodes (six patients) and bone (five patients). In patients with clinical stage II/III TNBC, (18)F-FDG PET/CT findings at initial staging and pathological response at the end of NAC allow three groups of patients with quite different prognoses to be defined. Extraskeletal recurrences predominated. Specific follow-up strategies in patients with TNBC who do not achieve pCR deserve investigation.

  19. Brain metastases detectability of routine whole body (18)F-FDG PET and low dose CT scanning in 2502 asymptomatic patients with solid extracranial tumors.

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    Bochev, Pavel; Klisarova, Aneliya; Kaprelyan, Ara; Chaushev, Borislav; Dancheva, Zhivka

    2012-01-01

    As fluorine-18-fluorodesoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ( (18)F-FDG PET/CT) is gaining wider availability, more and more patients with malignancies undergo whole body PET/CT, mostly to assess tumor spread in the rest of the body, but not in the brain. Brain is a common site of metastatic spread in patients with solid extracranial tumors. Gold standard in the diagnosis of brain metastases remains magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However MRI is not routinely indicated and is not available for all cancer patients. Fluorine-18-FDG PET is considered as having poor sensitivity in detecting brain metastases, but this may not be true for PET/CT. The aim of our study was to assess the value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in the detection of brain metastases found by whole body scan including the brain, in patients with solid extracranial neoplasms. A total of 2502 patients with solid extracranial neoplasms were studied. All patients underwent a routine whole body (18)F-FDG PET/CT scan with the whole brain included in the scanned field. Patients with known or suspected brain metastases were preliminary excluded from the study. Hypermetabolic and ring-like brain lesions on the PET scan were considered as metastases. Lesions with CT characteristics of brain metastases were regarded as such irrespective of their metabolic pattern. Lesions in doubt were verified by MRI during first testing or on follow-up or by operation. Our results showed that brain lesions, indicative of and verified to be metastases were detected in 25 out of the 2502 patients (1%), with lung cancer being the most common primary. Twenty three out of these 25 patients had no neurological symptoms by the time of the scan. The detection rate of brain metastases was relatively low, but information was obtained with a minimum increase of radiation burden. In conclusion, whole body (18)F-FDG PET/CT detected brain metastases in 1% of the patients if brain was included in the scanned field. Brain

  20. Comparison of (11)C-Methionine and (18)F-FDG PET/CT for Staging and Follow-up of Pediatric Lymphoma.

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    Kaste, Sue C; Snyder, Scott E; Metzger, Monika L; Sandlund, John T; Howard, Scott C; Krasin, Matthew; Shulkin, Barry L

    2017-03-01

    Methionine transport across plasma membranes occurs via the large amino acid transporter, which is overexpressed in malignant cells, leading to tracer accumulation within tumors. We investigated the uptake of (11)C-methionine ((11)C-MET) in children and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) or non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and compared the biodistribution of (11)C-MET PET/CT with that of (18)F-FDG PET/CT. Methods: Conducted under an investigational new drug authorization, we prospectively enrolled patients with newly diagnosed HL (n = 19) and NHL (n = 2) onto the Institutional Review Board-approved investigation of (11)C-MET PET/CT. After a minimum 4-h fast, patients received 740 MBq/1.7 m(2) (maximum, 740 MBq [20 mCi/1.7 m(2); maximum, 20 mCi]) of (11)C-methionine intravenously. PET/CT was performed 5 min after injection from the vertex to thighs at 3 min per bed position. In a separate session, patients received 5.5 MBq/kg (maximum, 485 MBq [0.15 mCi/kg; maximum, 12 mCi]) of (18)F-FDG with imaging initiated approximately 1 h after radiopharmaceutical administration. All studies were reviewed by consensus of 2 senior imaging specialists. The presence of metabolic activity on baseline studies was compared among 17 nodal groups. Results: Eighteen patients (11 male; median age, 15.2 y; age range, 9.5-22.6 y) comprised the study cohort. All had paired (11)C-MET PET/CT and (18)F-FDG PET/CT studies at diagnosis. At baseline, 3 nodal groups demonstrating discordant metabolic activity by both (18)F-FDG PET/CT and (11)C-MET PET/CT were Waldeyer's ring, paraaortic region, and the liver. All others were found to have concordant metabolic activity. Normal intense (11)C-MET uptake in the pancreas and liver reduced sensitivity for disease detection in these regions. At follow-up, 14 of 15 study pairs had concordant results. Conclusion:(11)C-MET uptake is elevated in most regions involved with lymphoma at diagnosis and follow-up. Its utility in the abdomen is limited by uptake in