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Journal Cover   European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
  [SJR: 2.056]   [H-I: 118]   [7 followers]  Follow
    
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  • 11 C-PBR28 imaging in multiple sclerosis patients and healthy controls:
           test-retest reproducibility and focal visualization of active white matter
           areas
    • Abstract: Purpose Activated microglia play a key role in inflammatory demyelinating injury in multiple sclerosis (MS). Microglial activation can be measured in vivo using a positron emission tomography (PET) ligand 11C-PBR28. We evaluated the test-retest variability (TRV) and lesion detectability of 11C-PBR28 binding in MS subjects and healthy controls (HCs) with high-resolution PET. Methods Four clinically and radiologically stable relapsing-remitting MS subjects (age 41 ± 7 years, two men/two women) and four HCs (age 42 ± 8 years, 2 two men/two women), matched for translocator protein genotype [two high- and two medium-affinity binders according to DNA polymorphism (rs6971) in each group], were studied for TRV. Another MS subject (age 41 years, male) with clinical and radiological activity was studied for lesion detectability. Dynamic data were acquired over 120 min after injection of 634 ± 101 MBq 11C-PBR28. For the TRV study, subjects were scanned twice, on average 1.4 weeks apart. Volume of distribution (V T) derived from multilinear analysis (MA1) modeling (t* = 30 min, using arterial input data) was the main outcome measure. Results Mean test V T values (ml cm−3) were 3.9 ± 1.4 in the whole brain gray matter (GM), 3.6 ± 1.2 in the whole brain white matter (WM) or normal-appearing white matter (NAWM), and 3.3 ± 0.6 in MS WM lesions; mean retest V T values were 3.7 ± 1.0 in GM, 3.3 ± 0.9 in WM/NAWM, and 3.3 ± 0.7 in MS lesions. Test-retest results showed a mean absolute TRV ranging from 7 to 9 % across GM, WM/NAWM, and MS lesions. High-affinity binders demonstrated 30 % higher V T than medium-affinity binders in GM. Focal 11C-PBR28 uptake was detected in two enhancing lesions of the active MS patient. Conclusion High-resolution 11C-PBR28 PET can visualize focal areas where microglial activation is known to be present and has good test-retest reproducibility in the human brain. 11C-PBR28 PET is likely to be valuable for monitoring both MS disease evolution and response to therapeutic strategies that target microglial activation.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Prognostic value of volume-based measurements on 11 C-methionine PET in
           glioma patients
    • Abstract: Purpose 11C-methionine (MET) PET is an established diagnostic tool for glioma. Studies have suggested that MET uptake intensity in the tumor is a useful index for predicting patient outcome. Because MET uptake is known to reflect tumor expansion more accurately than MRI, we aimed to elucidate the association between volume-based tumor measurements and patient prognosis. Methods The study population comprised 52 patients with newly diagnosed glioma who underwent PET scanning 20 min after injection of 370 MBq MET. The tumor was contoured using a threshold of 1.3 times the activity of the contralateral normal cortex. Metabolic tumor volume (MTV) was defined as the total volume within the boundary. Total lesion methionine uptake (TLMU) was defined as MTV times the mean standardized uptake value (SUVmean) within the boundary. The tumor-to-normal ratio (TNR), calculated as the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) divided by the contralateral reference value, was also recorded. All patients underwent surgery (biopsy or tumor resection) targeting the tissue with high MET uptake. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate the predictive value of each measurement. Results Grade II tumor was diagnosed in 12 patients (3 diffuse astrocytoma, 2 oligodendroglioma, and 7 oligoastrocytoma), grade III in 18 patients (8 anaplastic astrocytoma, 6 anaplastic oligodendroglioma, and 4 anaplastic oligoastrocytoma), and grade IV in 22 patients (all glioblastoma). TNR, MTV and TLMU were 3.1 ± 1.2, 51.6 ± 49.9 ml and 147.7 ± 153.3 ml, respectively. None of the three measurements was able to categorize the glioma patients in terms of survival when all patients were analyzed. However, when only patients with astrocytic tumor (N = 33) were analyzed (i.e., when those with oligodendroglial components were excluded), MTV and TLMU successfully predicted patient outcome with higher values associated with a poorer prognosis (P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively), while the predictive ability of TNR did not reach statistical significance (P = NS). Conclusion MTV and TLMU may be useful for predicting outcome in patients with astrocytic tumor.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Nuclear imaging of neuroendocrine tumors with unknown primary: why, when
           and how'
    • Abstract: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) with unknown primary (CUP-NET) are associated with a poor prognosis (10-year survival 22 %), grade 1 and 2 NETs having a more favorable outcome than grade 3 (also called carcinoma). There is evidence that an effort should be made to localize the primary tumor even in the presence of metastasis because resection of the primary tumor(s) may improve disease-free and overall survival, and because the choice of chemotherapeutic agent depends on the location of the primary tumor. Localization of the tumors remains challenging and often relies on a combination of radiological, endoscopic and functional imaging. The functional imaging protocol for evaluation of these patients has historically relied on somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS). However, the sensitivity and specificity of SRS may be unsatisfactory, especially for NETs of midgut origin. Newer PET radiotracers such as 68Ga-labeled somatostatin analogs (68Ga-DOTA-SSTa) and 18F-DOPA have shown promise. In direct comparisons between 68Ga-DOTA-SSTa PET/CT and 99mTc-HYNIC-octreotide/111In-pentetreotide SPECT(/CT), 68Ga-DOTA-SSTa performed better than other techniques, giving a compelling reason for switching from SPECT/CT to PET/CT imaging. 18F-DOPA performs better than SRS and CT in well-differentiated NETs of the small intestine. For detecting pancreatic NETs, the high background uptake of 18F-DOPA by the normal exocrine pancreas can be somewhat overcome by pretreatment with carbidopa. We have suggested a protocol in which SRS is replaced by one of the two agents (preferably with 68Ga-DOTA-SSTa, alternatively 18F-DOPA) as first-line nuclear tracer for detection of CUP-NET in patients with well-differentiated NETs and 18F-FDG PET/CT may be an additional diagnostic test for poorly differentiated tumors and for prognostication. In the near future, it is expected that patients with CUP-NET will benefit from newly developed PET approaches (radiopharmaceuticals) and intraoperative PET imaging.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Brain 18 F-DOPA PET and cognition in de novo Parkinson’s disease
    • Abstract: Purpose The role of mesocortical dopaminergic pathways in the cognitive function of patients with early Parkinson’s disease (PD) needs to be further clarified. Methods The study groups comprised 15 drug-naive patients with de novo PD and 10 patients with essential tremor (controls) who underwent 18F-DOPA PET (static acquisition, normalization on mean cerebellar counts) and an extended neuropsychological test battery. Factor analysis with varimax rotation was applied to the neuropsychological test scores, to yield five factors from 16 original scores, which explained 82 % of the total variance. Correlations between cognitive factors and 18F-DOPA uptake were assessed with SPM8, taking age and gender as nuisance variables. Results 18F-DOPA uptake was significantly lower in PD patients than in controls in the bilateral striatum, mainly in the more affected (right) hemisphere, and in a small right temporal region. Significant positive correlations were found only in PD patients between the executive factor and 18F-DOPA uptake in the bilateral anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the middle frontal gyrus, between the verbal fluency factor and 18F-DOPA uptake in left BA 46 and the bilateral striatum, and between the visuospatial factor and 18F-DOPA uptake in the left ACC and bilateral striatum. No correlations were found between 18F-DOPA uptake and either the verbal memory factor or the abstraction–working memory factor. Conclusion These data clarify the role of the mesocortical dopaminergic pathways in cognitive function in early PD, highlighting the medial frontal lobe, anterior cingulate, and left BA 46 as the main sites of cortical correlation with executive and language functions.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Identification of imaging biomarkers for the assessment of tumour response
           to different treatments in a preclinical glioma model
    • Abstract: Purpose Hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) activity is one of the major players in hypoxia-mediated glioma progression and resistance to therapies, and therefore the focus of this study was the evaluation of HIF-1α modulation in relation to tumour response with the purpose of identifying imaging biomarkers able to document tumour response to treatment in a murine glioma model. Methods U251-HRE-mCherry cells expressing Luciferase under the control of a hypoxia responsive element (HRE) and mCherry under the control of a constitutive promoter were used to assess HIF-1α activity and cell survival after treatment, both in vitro and in vivo, by optical, MRI and positron emission tomography imaging. Results This cell model can be used to monitor HIF-1α activity after treatment with different drugs modulating transduction pathways involved in its regulation. After temozolomide (TMZ) treatment, HIF-1α activity is early reduced, preceding cell cytotoxicity. Optical imaging allowed monitoring of this process in vivo, and carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX) expression was identified as a translatable non-invasive biomarker with potential clinical significance. A preliminary in vitro evaluation showed that reduction of HIF-1α activity after TMZ treatment was comparable to the effect of an Hsp90 inhibitor, opening the way for further elucidation of its mechanism of action. Conclusion The results of this study suggest that the U251-HRE-mCherry cell model can be used for the monitoring of HIF-1α activity through luciferase and CAIX expression. These cells can become a useful tool for the assessment and improvement of new targeted tracers for potential theranostic procedures.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • All-in-one interictal presurgical imaging in patients with epilepsy:
           single-session EEG/PET/(f)MRI
    • Abstract: Purpose In patients with pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy, resection of the epileptic focus can lead to freedom from seizures or significant improvement in well-selected candidates. Localization of the epileptic focus with multimodal concordance is crucial for a good postoperative outcome. Beyond the detection of epileptogenic lesions on structural MRI and focal hypometabolism on FDG PET, EEG-based Electric Source Imaging (ESI) and simultaneous EEG and functional MRI (EEG-fMRI) are increasingly applied for mapping epileptic activity. We here report presurgical multimodal interictal imaging using a hybrid PET/MR scanner for single-session FDG PET, MRI, EEG-fMRI and ESI. Methods This quadrimodal imaging procedure was performed in a single session in 12 patients using a high-density (256 electrodes) MR-compatible EEG system and a hybrid PET/MR scanner. EEG was used to exclude subclinical seizures during uptake of the PET tracer, to compute ESI on interictal epileptiform discharges and to guide fMRI analysis for mapping haemodynamic changes correlated with interictal epileptiform activity. Results The whole multimodal recording was performed in less than 2 hours with good patient comfort and data quality. Clinically contributory examinations with at least two modalities were obtained in nine patients and with all modalities in five patients. Conclusion This single-session quadrimodal imaging procedure provided reliable and contributory interictal clinical data. This procedure avoids multiple scanning sessions and is associated with less radiation exposure than PET-CT. Moreover, it guarantees the same medication level and medical condition for all modalities. The procedure improves workflow and could reduce the duration and cost of presurgical epilepsy evaluations.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Imaging large vessel vasculitis with fully integrated PET/MRI: a pilot
           study
    • Abstract: Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of hybrid [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/MRI in patients with large vessel vasculitis (LVV) by comparing visual and quantitative parameters to that of PET/CT. Furthermore, the value of PET/MRI in disease activity and extent of LVV was assessed. Methods A total of 16 [18F]FDG PET/MRI and 12 [18F]-FDG PET/CT examinations were performed in 12 patients with LVV. MRI of the vessel wall by T1-weighted and T2-weighted sequences was used for anatomical localization of FDG uptake and identification of morphological changes associated with LVV. In addition, contrast-enhanced (CE) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) was performed. The vascular FDG uptake in the vasculitis group was compared to a reference group of 16 patients using a four-point visual score. Visual scores and quantitative parameters [maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) and target to background ratio (TBR)] were compared between PET/MRI and PET/CT. Furthermore, correlations between C-reactive protein (CRP) and quantitative PET results, as well the extent of vasculitis in PET, MRI/CE-MRA and combined PET/MRI, were analysed. Results TBRs, SUVmax values and visual scores correlated well between PET/MRI and PET/CT (r = 0.92, r = 0.91; r = 0.84, p < 0.05). There was no significant difference between both modalities concerning SUVmax measurements and visual scores. In PET/MRI, PET alone revealed abnormal FDG uptake in 86 vascular regions. MRI/CE-MRA indicated 49 vessel segments with morphological changes related to vasculitis, leading to a total number of 95 vasculitis regions in combination with PET. Strong and significant correlations between CRP and disease extent in PET alone (r = 0.75, p = 0.0067) and PET/MRI (r = 0.92, p < 0.0001) in contrast to MRI/CE-MRA only were observed. Regarding disease activity, no significant correlations were seen between quantitative PET results and CRP, although there was a trend towards significance (r = 0.55, p = 0.0651). PET/MRI also showed active LVV in 15/16 examinations. Conclusion Hybrid PET/MRI is feasible in LVV and holds promise for precisely determining disease extent and disease activity.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • [ 18 F]THK-5117 PET for assessing neurofibrillary pathology in
           Alzheimer’s disease
    • Abstract: Purpose Visualization of the spatial distribution of neurofibrillary tangles would help in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dementia. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the clinical utility of [18F]THK-5117 as a highly selective tau imaging radiotracer. Methods We initially evaluated in vitro binding of [3H]THK-5117 in post-mortem brain tissues from patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In clinical PET studies, [18F]THK-5117 retention in eight patients with AD was compared with that in six healthy elderly controls. Ten subjects underwent an additional [11C]PiB PET scan within 2 weeks. Results In post-mortem brain samples, THK-5117 bound selectively to neurofibrillary deposits, which differed from the binding target of PiB. In clinical PET studies, [18F]THK-5117 binding in the temporal lobe clearly distinguished patients with AD from healthy elderly subjects. Compared with [11C]PiB, [18F]THK-5117 retention was higher in the medial temporal cortex. Conclusion These findings suggest that [18F]THK-5117 provides regional information on neurofibrillary pathology in living subjects.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Astrocytosis precedes amyloid plaque deposition in Alzheimer APPswe
           transgenic mouse brain: a correlative positron emission tomography and in
           vitro imaging study
    • Abstract: Purpose Pathological studies suggest that neuroinflammation is exacerbated by increased beta-amyloid (Aβ) levels in the brain early in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The time course and relationships between astrocytosis and Aβ deposition were examined using multitracer in vivo positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in an AD transgenic mouse model, followed by postmortem autoradiography and immunohistochemistry analysis. Methods PET imaging with the amyloid plaque tracer 11C-AZD2184 and the astroglial tracer 11C-deuterium-L-deprenyl (11C-DED) was carried out in APPswe mice aged 6, 8–15 and 18–24 months (4–6 animals/group) and in wild-type (wt) mice aged 8–15 and 18–24 months (3–6 animals/group). Tracer uptake was quantified by region of interest analysis using PMOD software and a 3-D digital mouse brain atlas. Postmortem brain tissues from the same APPswe and wt mice in all age groups were analysed for Aβ deposition and astrocytosis by in vitro autoradiography using 3H-AZD2184, 3H-Pittsburgh compound B (PIB) and 3H-L-deprenyl and immunostaining performed with antibodies for Aβ42 and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) in sagittal brain sections. Results 11C-AZD2184 PET retention in the cerebral cortices of APPswe mice was significantly higher at 18–24 months than in age-matched wt mice. Cortical and hippocampal 11C-DED PET binding was significantly higher at 6 months than at 8–15 months or 18–24 months in APPswe mice, and it was also higher than at 8–15 months in wt mice. In vitro autoradiography 3H-AZD2184 and 3H-PIB binding confirmed the in vivo findings with 11C-AZD2184 and demonstrated age-dependent increases in Aβ deposition in APPswe cortex and hippocampus. There were no significant differences between APPswe and wt mice in 3H-L-deprenyl autoradiography binding across age groups. Immunohistochemical quantification demonstrated more Aβ42 deposits in the cortex and hippocampus and more GFAP+ reactive astrocytes in the hippocampus at 18–24 months than at 6 months in APPswe mice. Conclusion The findings provide further in vivo evidence that astrocytosis occurs early in AD, preceding Aβ plaque deposition.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Ursodeoxycholic acid versus phenobarbital pretreatment prior to
           hepatobiliary scintigraphy in neonatal cholestasis: is it time for
           shifting gears towards a practice change'
    • PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Relationships between myocardial perfusion abnormalities and poststress
           left ventricular functional impairment on cadmium-zinc-telluride imaging
    • Abstract: Purpose To evaluate the interplay between myocardial ischaemic burden and poststress left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic abnormalities in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods A total of 471 patients underwent myocardial perfusion imaging by cadmium-zinc-telluride scintigraphy and coronary angiography. A fast imaging protocol was used with stress imaging performed 10 – 15 min after tracer injection. The summed difference score (SDS) and the percent stress-to-rest ratios for LV ejection fraction and peak filling rate (PFR), measures of stress-induced systolic and diastolic impairment, were computed from scintigraphic images. A SDS of >3 was considered abnormal and >7 a marker of moderate-to-severe ischaemia. Results Of the 471 patients, 321 (68 %) showed significant CAD in one (27 %), two (23 %) or three (18 %) vessels. The extent of CAD associated with gradual alterations in SDS (P < 0.001). Interestingly, while impairment in the percent stress-to-rest PFR ratio paralleled the increase in the extent of CAD (P < 0.001 for trend), the occurrence of significant stress-induced systolic dysfunction was limited to patients with multivessel disease (P < 0.001 vs. patients without CAD, and P = 0.002 vs. patients with single-vessel disease). Similarly, while a strict correlation between percent stress-to-rest PFR ratio and myocardial ischaemic burden was evident (P < 0.001), significant stress-induced LV systolic impairment was limited to patients with moderate-to-severe ischaemia (P < 0.001 vs. patients with no or mild ischaemia). Conclusion Stress-induced LV diastolic impairment is associated with a less extensive ischaemic burden and CAD extent than poststress systolic dysfunction, which is limited to patients with multivessel CAD.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • CZT camera: moving beyond classical CAD detection'
    • PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Kewal K. Jain: Applications of Biotechnology in Oncology
    • PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • First experience of simultaneous PET/MRI for the early detection of
           cardiac involvement in patients with Anderson-Fabry disease
    • Abstract: Purpose Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder associated with severe multiorgan dysfunction and premature death. Early diagnosis and treatment strategies play a key role in patient outcome. We investigated the potential role of hybrid PET/MR imaging in the assessment of early cardiac involvement in AFD patients. Methods Thirteen AFD patients without cardiac symptoms and with normal left ventricular function underwent simultaneous cardiac PET/MR imaging after administration of 18F-FDG. Cardiac FDG uptake was quantified by measuring the standardized uptake value in 17 myocardial segments in each subject. The coefficient of variation (COV, i.e. the standard deviation divided by the average) of the uptake of the 17 segments was calculated as an index of heterogeneity in the heart. Results Six patients exhibited focal late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) indicating intramyocardial fibrosis, and four of these also had positive short inversion time inversion recovery (STIR) sequences. All patients with LGE and positive STIR MR images showed focal FDG uptake in the corresponding myocardial segments indicating inflammation. Of the seven patients with negative LGE and STIR images, five showed homogeneous FDG cardiac uptake and two showed heterogeneous FDG uptake. The COV was significantly greater in patients with focal FDG uptake (0.25 ± 0.02) than in those without (0.14 ± 0.07, p < 0.01). Conclusion PET/MR imaging is clinically feasible for the early detection of cardiac involvement in patients with AFD. Further studies evaluating the role of hybrid PET/MR imaging in management of the disease in larger patient populations are warranted.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Potential diagnostic value of regional myocardial adrenergic imaging using
           123 I-MIBG SPECT to identify patients with Lewy body diseases
    • Abstract: Purpose The aim of this study was to determine the potential diagnostic value of regional myocardial adrenergic 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging to identify patients with Lewy body diseases (LBD+). Methods Sixty-four consecutive patients who underwent cardiac 123I-MIBG SPECT to differentiate LBD+, including Parkinson’s disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), from patients without LBD (LBD−) were retrospectively reviewed. A neurologist expert in memory disorders determined the final clinical diagnosis by using international clinical diagnostic criteria. Planar [heart to mediastinum ratio (HMR)] and 123I-MIBG SPECT[(innervation defect score (IDS)] using the 17-segment left ventricular model (five-point scale) were obtained 4 h after the injection of 123I-MIBG on a low-energy high-resolution (LEHR) collimator. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed to determine the optimal HMR and IDS cut-off values to discriminate LBD+ from LBD−. Results Of the 64 patients, 45 (70 %) were diagnosed LBD+ (DLB, n = 27; PD, n = 18) and 19 were diagnosed LBD− (5 other dementias, 14 other parkinsonisms). The HMR and IDS of LBD+ were significantly different from those of LBD− (1.30 ± 0.21 vs 1.65 ± 0.26, p < 0.001; 39 ± 28 vs 8 ± 16, p = 0.001). The optimal HMR and IDS cut-off values to discriminate LBD+ (n = 45) from LBD− (n = 19) were 1.47 and 6/68, providing a sensitivity and specificity of 82.2 and 84.2 % and 86.7 and 73.7 %, respectively. Conclusion Regional myocardial adrenergic 123I-MIBG imaging SPECT has a potential diagnostic value to identify LBD+.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Stress-first protocol for myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging with
           semiconductor cameras: high diagnostic performances with significant
           reduction in patient radiation doses
    • Abstract: Purpose Effective doses of 14 mSv or higher are currently being attained in patients having stress and rest myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) performed on the same day with conventional protocols. This study aimed to assess the actual reduction in effective doses as well as diagnostic performances for MPI routinely planned with: (1) high-sensitivity cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) cameras, (2) very low injected activities and (3) a stress-first protocol where the normality of stress images may lead to avoiding rest imaging. Methods During a 1-year period, 2,845 patients had MPI on a CZT camera, a single-day stress-first protocol and low injected activities (120 MBq of 99mTc-sestamibi at stress for 75 kg body weight and threefold higher at rest). The ability to detect > 50 % coronary stenosis was assessed in a subgroup of 149 patients who also had coronary angiography, while the normalcy rate was assessed in a subgroup of 128 patients with a low pretest likelihood of coronary artery disease (<10 %). Results Overall, 33 % of patients had abnormal MPI of which 34 % were women and 34 % were obese. The mean effective doses and the percentage of exams involving only stress images were: (1) 3.53 ± 2.10 mSv and 37 % in the overall population, (2) 4.83 ± 1.56 mSv and 5 % in the subgroup with angiography and (3) 1.96 ± 1.52 mSv and 71 % in the low-probability subgroup. Sensitivity and global accuracy for identifying the 106 patients with coronary stenosis were 88 and 80 %, respectively, while the normalcy rate was 97 %. Conclusion When planned with a low-dose stress-first protocol on a CZT camera, MPI provides high diagnostic performances and a dramatic reduction in patient radiation doses. This reduction is even greater in low-risk subgroups with high rates of normal stress images, thus allowing the mean radiation dose to be balanced against cardiac risk in targeted populations.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Biodistribution and radiation dosimetry of 82 Rb at rest and during peak
           pharmacological stress in patients referred for myocardial perfusion
           imaging
    • Abstract: Purpose 82Rb is an ultra-short-lived positron emitter used for myocardial blood flow quantification with PET imaging. The aim of this study was to quantify the biodistribution and radiation dosimetry in patients with coronary disease and in healthy normal volunteers. Methods A total of 30 subjects, 26 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) and four healthy volunteers were injected with 82Rb chloride at 10 MBq/kg followed by a 10-min dynamic PET scan. Chest scans at rest were acquired in all subjects, as well as one additional biodistribution scan of the head, neck, abdomen, pelvis or thighs. Chest scans under stress were acquired in 25 of the CAD patients. 82Rb time-integrated activity coefficients were determined in 22 source organs using volume of interest analysis, including corrections for partial-volume losses. The mean time-integrated activity coefficients were used to calculate the whole-body effective dose using tissue weighting factors from the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Publications 60 and 103. Results A total of 283 organ time-integrated activity coefficients were calculated, with a minimum of four values per source organ. The rest and stress mean effective dose was 0.8 mSv/GBq, according to the most recent ICRP definition. Using 10 MBq/kg for 3D PET imaging, the effective dose to a gender-averaged reference person (60 kg female and 73 kg male) is 1.1 mSv for a complete rest and stress perfusion study. For 2D PET using a typical injected activity of 1.1 to 2.2 GBq each for rest and stress, the effective dose for a complete study is 1.8 to 3.5 mSv. Conclusion The current effective dose estimate in CAD patients is four times lower than the values reported previously by the ICRP, and about 35 % lower than previous in vivo studies in young healthy subjects.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Correlation between 68 Ga-DOTA-NOC PET/CT and 18 F-FDG PET/CT in
           EBV-positive undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma
    • PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • In memoriam: Ismael Mena, MD, 1928–2015
    • PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
  • Abdelhamid H. Elgazzar: Synopsis of Pathophysiology in Nuclear Medicine
    • PubDate: 2015-06-01
       
 
 
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