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Journal Cover European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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     ISSN (Print) 1619-7089 - ISSN (Online) 1619-7070
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  • Molecular imaging of misfolded protein pathology for early clues to
           involvement of the heart
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Cost-effectiveness of preoperative SPECT/CT combined with
           lymphoscintigraphy vs. lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel lymph node excision
           in patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma
    • Abstract: Purpose Malignant melanoma has become a major growing interdisciplinary problem in public health worldwide. Sentinel lymph node excision (SLNE) in conjunction with preoperative SPECT/CT is considered the most sensitive and specific staging test for the detection of micrometastatic melanoma in regional lymph nodes. Among patients with clinically lymph node-negative melanoma, the use of SPECT/CT-aided SLNE compared with SLNE alone has been found to be associated with a higher frequency of metastatic involvement and a higher rate of disease-free survival. The aim of this study was to analyse the cost-effectiveness of SLNE with preoperative SPECT/CT for detecting sentinel lymph nodes versus that of standard SLNE with preoperative lymphoscintigraphy from a single-institution database. Methods Cost-effectiveness analysis of two surgical approaches for SLNE for malignant melanoma at the University Hospital Essen, Skin Cancer Center in Essen, Germany. Between March 2003 and April 2011 464 patients eligible for SLNE were identified . Of these patients, 403 with clinically negative lymph nodes who underwent SLNE with or without preoperative SPECT/CT qualified for subsequent analysis. Results Between March 2003 and October 2008, 254 patients were operated upon with the standard technique. From November 2008, 149 patients underwent the SPECT/CT technique. Cost analysis showed a mean cost saving of € 710.50 when SPECT/CT was added to preoperative imaging. This was achieved by a reduction in operative time (median, Q1;Q3, 40 min, 40;50 min, vs. 45 min, 35;60 min; p = 0.002), hospital stay duration (5 days, 3;8 days, vs. 8 days, 4.5;14.5 days; p < 0.001) and more frequent use of local anaesthesia (90.6 % vs. 70.5 %; p < 0.001). The median cost of SLNE using SPECT/CT was € 1,619.7 (Q1;Q3 € 1,317.0;2,603.4) and of SLNE without SPECT/CT was € 2,330.2 (€ 1,468.3;4,058.1; p < 0.001), a cost saving of 30.5 %. Conclusion In patients with cutaneous melanoma, the use of preoperative SPECT/CT-aided SLNE compared with standard SLNE was associated not only with higher detection of metastatic involvement but also with a significant cost reduction.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Diuretic 18 F-FDG
           PET/CT for therapy monitoring in urothelial bladder cancer
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Jean-François H. Geschwind and Michael D. Dake (Eds): Abrams’
           Angiography: Interventional Radiology, 3rd edn
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Modern radiopharmaceutical solutions and up-to-date technologies, at the
           3rd Balkan Congress of Nuclear Medicine
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Michael Riccabona: Pediatric Imaging Essentials—Radiography,
           Ultrasound, CT, and MRI in Neonates and Children
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Comparison of EANM and SNM guidelines on diuretic renography in children
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • In vivo and in vitro evidence that        class="a-plus-plus">99mTc-HYNIC-interleukin-2 is
           able to detect T lymphocytes in vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques of the
           carotid artery
    • Abstract: Purpose Recent advances in basic science have established that inflammation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Inflammatory cells are thought to be responsible for the transformation of a stable plaque into a vulnerable one. Lymphocytes constitute at least 20 % of infiltrating cells in these vulnerable plaques. Therefore, the interleukin-2 (IL-2) receptor, being overexpressed on activated T lymphocytes, may represent an attractive biomarker for plaque vulnerability. The aim of this study was to evaluate the specificity of radiolabelled IL-2 [99mTc-hydrazinonicotinamide (HYNIC)-IL-2] for imaging the lymphocytic infiltration in carotid plaques in vivo by planar and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT imaging and ex vivo by microSPECT and autoradiography. Methods For the in vivo study, ten symptomatic patients with advanced plaques at ultrasound who were scheduled for carotid endarterectomy underwent 99mTc-HYNIC-IL-2 scintigraphy. The images were analysed visually on planar and SPECT images and semi-quantitatively on SPECT images by calculating target to background (T/B) ratios. After endarterectomy, immunomorphological evaluation and immunophenotyping were performed on plaque slices. For the ex vivo studies, four additional patients were included and, after in vitro incubation of removed plaques with 99mTc-HYNIC-IL-2, autoradiography was performed and microSPECT images were acquired. Results Visual analysis defined clear 99mTc-HYNIC-IL-2 uptake in seven of the ten symptomatic plaques. SPECT/CT allowed visualization in eight of ten. A significant correlation was found between the number of CD25+ lymphocytes and the total number of CD25+ cells in the plaque and the T/B ratio with adjacent carotid artery as background (Pearson’s r = 0.89, p = 0.003 and r = 0.87, p = 0.005, respectively). MicroSPECT imaging showed clear 99mTc-HYNIC-IL-2 uptake within the plaque wall and not in the lipidic core. With autoradiography, only CD3+ lymphocytes were found to be labelled. Conclusion These in vivo and ex vivo studies confirm the specificity of 99mTc-HYNIC-IL-2 for imaging activated T lymphocytes in carotid plaques. 99mTc-HYNIC-IL-2 is a true marker for the inflamed plaque and therefore of plaque instability.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Comment on Aksoy et al.: FDG and FDG-labelled leucocyte PET/CT in the
           imaging of prosthetic joint infection
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Baseline metabolic tumour volume is an independent prognostic factor in
           Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Abstract: Purpose The presence of a bulky tumour at staging in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is a predictor of a poor outcome. The total metabolic tumour volume at baseline (TMTV0) computed on PET may improve the evaluation of tumour burden. To explore the clinical usefulness of TMTV0, we compared the prognostic value of TMTV0, tumour bulk and interim PET response in a retrospective single-centre study. Methods From 2007 to 2010, 59 consecutive patients with a first diagnosis of HL were treated in our institution. PET was done at baseline (PET0) and after two cycles of chemotherapy (PET2), and treatment was not modified according to the PET2 result. TMTV0 was measured with a semiautomatic method using a 41 % SUVmax threshold. SUVmax reduction between PET0 and PET2 (ΔSUVmaxPET0-2) was also computed. Based on ROC analysis, patients with a ΔSUVmaxPET0-2 >71 % were considered good responders and a TMTV0 >225 ml was considered to represent hypermetabolic bulky disease. Results Median TMTV0 was 117 ml and 17 patients (29 %) had a TMTV0 >225 ml. TMTV0 (>225 ml vs. ≤225 ml) and tumour bulk (<10 cm vs. ≥10 cm) were predictive of 4-year PFS: 42 % vs. 85 % (p = 0.001) and 44 % vs. 79 % (p < 0.03), respectively. In multivariate analysis, using ΔSUVmaxPET0-2, TMTV0 and bulky tumour as covariates, only ΔSUVmaxPET0-2 (p = 0.0005, RR 6.3) and TMTV0 (p < 0.006, RR 4.4) remained independent predictors of PFS. Three prognosis groups were thus identified: ΔSUVmaxPET0-2 >71 % and TMTV0 ≤225 ml (n = 37, 63 %), ΔSUVmaxPET0-2 = <71 % or TMTV0 >225 ml (n = 17, 29 %), and ΔSUVmaxPET0-2 = <71 % and TMTV0 >225 ml (n = 5, 8 %). In these three groups the 4-year PFS rates were 92 %, 49 %, and 20 % (p < 0.0001), respectively. Conclusion TMTV0 is more relevant than tumour bulk for predicting the outcome in patients with HL, and adds a significant prognostic insight to interim PET response assessment. The combination of TMTV0 and ΔSUVmaxPET0-2 made it possible to identify three subsets of HL patients with different outcomes. This may guide clinicians in their choice of therapeutic strategy.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Applicability of the appropriate use criteria for SPECT myocardial
           perfusion imaging in Italy: preliminary results
    • Abstract: Purpose Clinical applicability of the appropriate use criteria for SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging has not yet been evaluated in Italy. We investigated the applicability of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) in Italy. Methods The indications for testing were prospectively recorded in three different nuclear cardiology laboratories: a general hospital, an academic hospital, and a tertiary centre. Indications were categorized as appropriate, uncertain or inappropriate according to the 2009 AUC; the specialty of the ordering physician was also noted. SPECT results were classified as: normal, probably normal, uncertain, probably abnormal, abnormal. The presence and severity of ischaemia were also noted. Results Over a 9-month period, 2,134 patients (age 67 ± 10 years, 68 % men) were evaluated (62 % exercise stress test). On average, there were 700 (84 %) appropriate, 73 (7 %) inappropriate and 93 (9 %) uncertain tests. The rates for the appropriateness of indications were comparable in men and women (84 % and 83 %, not significant). As expected, the rate of nonnormal studies was higher (58 %) for appropriate than for inappropriate (33 %) indications. Appropriateness was lower in the tertiary centre (74 %), and uncertain (16 %) and inappropriate (10 %) indications were more common; this was related to the higher rate of outpatients scheduled by nonhospital cardiologists (37 %). The most common indications associated with inappropriate testing were: chest pain, low likelihood of coronary artery disease, interpretable ECG and able to exercise (29 %), and asymptomatic <2 years after percutaneous coronary intervention (24 %). Conclusion In this preliminary evaluation of the AUC in Italy, the majority of studies were classified as appropriate, but a consistent proportion of scheduled SPECT studies, particularly by nonhospital cardiologists, were still categorized as uncertain or inappropriate. Educational approaches should be implemented to reduce the rate of less appropriate examinations. However, a substantial proportion (33 %) of inappropriate studies were classified as nonnormal, with 26 % of these patients having ischaemia.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Relationship between quantitative cardiac neuronal imaging with        class="a-plus-plus">123I-       class="a-plus-plus">meta-iodobenzylguanidine and
           hospitalization in patients with heart failure
    • Abstract: Purpose Hospitalization in patients with systolic heart failure is associated with morbidity, mortality, and cost. Myocardial sympathetic innervation, imaged by 123I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine (123I-mIBG), has been associated with cardiac events in a recent multicenter study. The present analysis explored the relationship between 123I-mIBG imaging findings and hospitalization. Methods Source documents from the ADMIRE-HF trial were reviewed to identify hospitalization events in patients with systolic heart failure following cardiac neuronal imaging using 123I-mIBG. Time to hospitalization was analyzed with the Kaplan-Meier method and compared to the mIBG heart-to-mediastinum (H/M) ratio using multiple-failure Cox regression. Results During 1.4 years of median follow-up, 362 end-point hospitalizations occurred in 207 of 961 subjects, 79 % of whom had H/M ratio <1.6. Among subjects hospitalized for any cause, 88 % had H/M ratio <1.6 and subjects with H/M ratio <1.6 experienced hospitalization earlier than subjects with higher H/M ratios (log-rank p = 0.003). After adjusting for elevated brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and time since heart failure diagnosis, a low mIBG H/M ratio was associated with cardiac-related hospitalization (HR 1.48, 95 % CI 1.05 – 2.0; p = 0.02). Conclusion The mIBG H/M ratio may risk-stratify patients with heart failure for cardiac-related hospitalization, especially when used in conjunction with BNP. Further studies are warranted to examine these relationships.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Demonstrating the benefits of clinical nuclear imaging: is it time to add
           economic analysis'
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • FDG and FDG-labelled leucocyte PET/CT in the imaging of prosthetic joint
           infection: response to Lazzeri et al
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Regional heterogeneity in cardiac sympathetic innervation in acute
           myocardial infarction: relationship with myocardial oedema on magnetic
           resonance
    • Abstract: Purpose To assess the relationships between myocardial structure and function on cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and sympathetic tone on 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) scintigraphy early after myocardial infarction (MI). Methods Ten patients underwent 123I-MIBG and 99mTc-tetrofosmin rest cadmium zinc telluride scintigraphy 4 ± 1 days after MI. The segmental left ventricular (LV) relative radiotracer uptake of both 99mTc-tetrofosmin and early 123I-MIBG was calculated. The day after scintigraphy, on CMR imaging, the extent of ischaemia-related oedema and of myocardial fibrosis (late gadolinium enhancement, LGE) was assessed. Accordingly, the extent of oedema and LGE was evaluated for each segment and segmental wall thickening determined. Based on LGE distribution, LV segments were categorized as "infarcted" (56 segments), "adjacent" (66 segments) or "remote" (48 segments). Results Infarcted segments showed a more depressed systolic wall thickening and greater extent of oedema than adjacent segments (p < 0.001) and remote segments (p < 0.001). Interestingly, while uptake of 99mTc-tetrofosmin was significantly depressed only in infarcted segments (p < 0.001 vs. both adjacent and remote segments), uptake of 123I-MIBG was impaired not only in infarcted segments (p < 0.001 vs. remote) but also in adjacent segments (p = 0.024 vs. remote segments). At the regional level, after correction for 99mTc-tetrofosmin and LGE distribution, segmental 123I-MIBG uptake (p < 0.001) remained an independent predictor of ischaemia-related oedema. Conclusion After acute MI the regional impairment of sympathetic tone extends beyond the area of altered myocardial perfusion and is associated with myocardial oedema.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Cardiac neuronal imaging with        class="a-plus-plus">123I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine
           in heart failure: implications of endpoint selection and quantitative
           analysis on clinical decisions
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Preoperative PET/CT standardized FDG uptake values of pelvic lymph nodes
           as a significant prognostic factor in patients with endometrial cancer
    • Abstract: Purpose Using integrated PET/CT, we evaluated the prognostic relevance of preoperative pelvic lymph node (LN) 18F-FDG uptake in endometrioid endometrial cancer. Methods We retrospectively reviewed patients with pathologically proven endometrial cancer who underwent preoperative 18F-FDG PET/CT scans to evaluate the prognostic significance of PET/CT parameters and other clinicopathological variables. We used Cox proportional hazards regression to examine the relationship between recurrence and the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) in pelvic LNs (SUVLN) on FDG PET/CT. Results Clinical data, treatment modalities and results were reviewed in 70 eligible patients. The median postsurgical follow-up was 29 months (range 6 to 95 months). Receiver-operating characteristic analysis identified the significant SUVLN cut-off value as 15. The SUVLN correlated with FIGO stage (P < 0.001), LN metastasis (P < 0.001), lymphovascular space invasion (P < 0.001), SUVtumour (P = 0.001), metastatic LN size (P = 0.004), primary tumour size (P = 0.012), tumour grade (P = 0.015) and depth of tumour invasion (P = 0.035). Regression analysis showed a statistically significant association between recurrence and SUVLN (P = 0.002). Recurrence differed significantly (P < 0.001) between patients with SUVLN >15 and those with SUVLN ≤15. Conclusion Preoperative pelvic LN FDG uptake exhibited a strong significant association with recurrence of endometrioid endometrial cancer.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Baseline metabolic tumour volume in Hodgkin lymphoma: the prognostic value
           of accessory cells
    • PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Evaluation of cardiac sympathetic nerve activity and aldosterone
           suppression in patients with acute decompensated heart failure on
           treatment containing intravenous atrial natriuretic peptide
    • Abstract: Purpose Aldosterone prevents the uptake of norepinephrine in the myocardium. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), a circulating hormone of cardiac origin, inhibits aldosterone synthase gene expression in cultured cardiocytes. We evaluated the effects of intravenous ANP on cardiac sympathetic nerve activity (CSNA) and aldosterone suppression in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). Methods We studied 182 patients with moderate nonischemic ADHF requiring hospitalization and treated with standard therapy containing intravenous ANP and 10 age-matched normal control subjects. ANP was continuously infused for >96 h. In all subjects, delayed total defect score (TDS), heart to mediastinum ratio, and washout rate were determined by 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy. Left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic volume, end-systolic volume, and ejection fraction were determined by echocardiography. All patients with acute heart failure (AHF) were examined once within 3 days and then 4 weeks after admission, while the control subjects were examined only once (when their hemodynamics were normal). Moreover, for 62 AHF patients, plasma aldosterone concentrations were measured at admission and 1 h before stopping ANP infusion. Results 123I-MIBG scintigraphic and echocardiographic parameters in normal subjects were more favorable than those in patients with AHF (all p < 0.001). After treatment, all these parameters improved significantly in AHF patients (all p < 0.001). We also found significant correlation between percent changes of TDS and aldosterone concentrations (r = 0.539, p < 0.001) in 62 AHF patients. Conclusion The CSNA and LV performance were all improved in AHF patients. Furthermore, norepinephrine uptake of myocardium may be ameliorated by suppressing aldosterone production after standard treatment containing intravenous ANP.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
  • Potential of hybrid        class="a-plus-plus">18F-fluorocholine PET/MRI for
           prostate cancer imaging
    • Abstract: Purpose To report the first results of hybrid 18F-fluorocholine PET/MRI imaging for the detection of prostate cancer. Methods This analysis included 26 consecutive patients scheduled for prostate PET/MRI before radical prostatectomy. The examinations were performed on a hybrid whole-body PET/MRI scanner. The MR acquisitions which included T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted and dynamic contrast-enhanced sequences were followed during the same session by whole-body PET scans. Parametric maps were constructed to measure normalized T2-weighted intensity (nT2), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), volume transfer constant (K trans), extravascular extracellular volume fraction (v e) and standardized uptake values (SUV). With pathology as the gold standard, ROC curves were calculated using logistic regression for each parameter and for the best combination with and without PET to obtain a MR model versus a PETMR model. Results Of the 26 patients initially selected, 3 were excluded due to absence of an endorectal coil (2 patients) or prosthesis artefacts (1 patient). In the whole prostate, the area under the curve (AUC) for SUVmax, ADC, nT2, K trans and v e were 0.762, 0.756, 0.685, 0.611 and 0.529 with a best threshold at 3.044 for SUVmax and 1.075 × 10−3 mm2/s for ADC. The anatomical distinction between the transition zone and the peripheral zone showed the potential of the adjunctive use of PET. In the peripheral zone, the AUC of 0.893 for the PETMR model was significantly greater (p = 0.0402) than the AUC of 0.84 for the MR model only. In the whole prostate, no relevant correlation was observed between ADC and SUVmax. The SUVmax was not affected by the Gleason score. Conclusion The performance of a hybrid whole-body 18F-fluorocholine PET/MRI scan in the same session combined with a prostatic MR examination did not interfere with the diagnostic accuracy of the MR sequences. The registration of the PET data and the T2 anatomical MR sequence data allowed precise localization of hypermetabolic foci in the prostate. While in the transition zone the adenomatous hyperplasia interfered with cancer detection by PET, the quantitative analysis tool performed well for cancer detection in the peripheral zone.
      PubDate: 2014-09-01
       
 
 
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