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J. of East Asian Linguistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.537, h-index: 20)
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J. of Educational Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.961, h-index: 21)
J. of Elasticity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.851, h-index: 45)
J. of Electroceramics     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.577, h-index: 57)
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J. of Evolution Equations     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.826, h-index: 26)
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J. of Experimental Criminology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46, SJR: 1.445, h-index: 28)
J. of Failure Analysis and Prevention     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.261, h-index: 15)
J. of Family and Economic Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.396, h-index: 32)
J. of Family Violence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41, SJR: 0.639, h-index: 56)
J. of Financial Services Marketing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.273, h-index: 10)
J. of Financial Services Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.572, h-index: 36)
J. of Fixed Point Theory and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.644, h-index: 13)
J. of Fluorescence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.465, h-index: 56)
J. of Food Measurement and Characterization     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.307, h-index: 4)
J. of Food Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.441, h-index: 29)
J. of Forest Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.495, h-index: 27)
J. of Forestry Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.304, h-index: 14)
J. of Fourier Analysis and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.18, h-index: 42)
J. of Friction and Wear     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.373, h-index: 7)
J. of Fusion Energy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.387, h-index: 19)
J. of Gambling Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 1.171, h-index: 57)
J. of Gastroenterology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 1.651, h-index: 88)
J. of Gastrointestinal Cancer     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.304, h-index: 39)
J. of Gastrointestinal Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.64, h-index: 99)
J. of General Internal Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.804, h-index: 134)
J. of General Plant Pathology     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.554, h-index: 22)
J. of Genetic Counseling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.902, h-index: 39)
J. of Genetics     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.458, h-index: 28)
J. of Geodesy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 2.173, h-index: 56)
J. of Geographical Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.8, h-index: 23)
J. of Geographical Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.822, h-index: 39)
J. of Geometric Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.491, h-index: 27)
J. of Geometry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.272, h-index: 15)
J. of Global Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.992, h-index: 60)
J. of Global Policy and Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
J. of Grid Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.414, h-index: 37)
J. of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26, SJR: 0.881, h-index: 39)
J. of Hematopathology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.2, h-index: 13)
J. of Heuristics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.308, h-index: 50)
J. of High Energy Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 1.052, h-index: 153)
J. of Homotopy and Related Structures     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.232, h-index: 2)
J. of Housing and the Built Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.648, h-index: 28)
J. of Huazhong University of Science and Technology [Medical Sciences]     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.344, h-index: 19)
J. of Ichthyology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.304, h-index: 10)
J. of Immigrant and Minority Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.759, h-index: 37)
J. of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.331, h-index: 46)
J. of Indian Council of Philosophical Research     Hybrid Journal  
J. of Indian Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.127, h-index: 12)
J. of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.966, h-index: 80)
J. of Industry, Competition and Trade     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.327, h-index: 15)
J. of Infection and Chemotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.673, h-index: 46)
J. of Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 57, SJR: 1.474, h-index: 55)
J. of Information Technology Teaching Cases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
J. of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.25, h-index: 36)
J. of Inherited Metabolic Disease     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.389, h-index: 77)
J. of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials     Partially Free   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.338, h-index: 33)
J. of Insect Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.569, h-index: 39)
J. of Insect Conservation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.872, h-index: 43)
J. of Intelligent and Robotic Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.629, h-index: 43)
J. of Intelligent Information Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.691, h-index: 43)
J. of Intelligent Manufacturing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.397, h-index: 54)
J. of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.93, h-index: 43)
J. of Intl. Business Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37, SJR: 4.208, h-index: 130)
J. of Intl. Entrepreneurship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.549, h-index: 23)
J. of Intl. Migration and Integration / Revue de l integration et de la migration internationale     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.308, h-index: 13)
J. of Intl. Relations and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.793, h-index: 22)
J. of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.394, h-index: 27)
J. of Logic, Language and Information     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.288, h-index: 25)
J. of Low Temperature Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.531, h-index: 52)
J. of Machinery Manufacture and Reliability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.203, h-index: 7)
J. of Mammalian Evolution     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.134, h-index: 37)
J. of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 2.252, h-index: 83)
J. of Management and Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.805, h-index: 33)
J. of Management Control     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.605, h-index: 6)
J. of Marine Science and Application     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.439, h-index: 11)
J. of Marine Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.235, h-index: 19)
J. of Maritime Archaeology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.228, h-index: 8)
J. of Market-Focused Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
J. of Marketing Analytics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
J. of Material Cycles and Waste Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.449, h-index: 22)
J. of Materials Engineering and Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23, SJR: 0.544, h-index: 40)
J. of Materials Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.836, h-index: 123)
J. of Materials Science : Materials in Electronics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
J. of Materials Science : Materials in Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
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J. of Mathematical Imaging and Vision     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.901, h-index: 53)
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J. of Mathematical Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.272, h-index: 23)
J. of Mathematics Teacher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.062, h-index: 20)
J. of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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J. of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.299, h-index: 18)
J. of Medical Systems     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.717, h-index: 44)
J. of Medical Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.874, h-index: 28)
J. of Medical Ultrasonics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.18, h-index: 13)
J. of Medicine and the Person     Hybrid Journal  
J. of Membrane Biology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.738, h-index: 82)
J. of Micro-Bio Robotics     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.28, h-index: 3)
J. of Microbiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.741, h-index: 43)
J. of Mining Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.317, h-index: 16)
J. of Molecular Evolution     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.952, h-index: 108)
J. of Molecular Histology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.755, h-index: 48)
J. of Molecular Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 2.165, h-index: 113)
J. of Molecular Modeling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.466, h-index: 50)
J. of Molecular Neuroscience     Partially Free   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.988, h-index: 69)
J. of Mountain Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.418, h-index: 15)
J. of Muscle Research and Cell Motility     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.264, h-index: 55)
J. of Nanoparticle Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.583, h-index: 84)
J. of Natural Medicines     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.602, h-index: 28)
J. of Near-Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
J. of Nephrology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.689, h-index: 55)
J. of Network and Systems Management     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.466, h-index: 26)
J. of Neural Transmission     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.034, h-index: 86)
J. of Neuro-Oncology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.274, h-index: 90)
J. of Neuroimmune Pharmacology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.662, h-index: 45)
J. of Neurology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.429, h-index: 105)
J. of NeuroVirology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.979, h-index: 69)
J. of Nondestructive Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.863, h-index: 27)
J. of Nonlinear Science     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 1.887, h-index: 42)
J. of Nonverbal Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.723, h-index: 47)
J. of Nuclear Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 1.024, h-index: 68)
J. of Nutrition, Health and Aging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24, SJR: 0.919, h-index: 60)
J. of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.214, h-index: 6)
J. of Occupational Rehabilitation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.811, h-index: 51)
J. of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
J. of Ocean University of China (English Edition)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.237, h-index: 11)
J. of Oceanography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.796, h-index: 52)
J. of Ocular Biology, Diseases, and Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.183, h-index: 11)
J. of Optical and Fiber Communications Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
J. of Optics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.214, h-index: 8)
J. of Optimization Theory and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.898, h-index: 65)
J. of Ornithology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
J. of Orofacial Orthopedics / Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.574, h-index: 33)

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Journal Cover European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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  • Cancer metastasizes to the bone marrow and not to the bone: time for a
           paradigm shift!
    • Authors: Poul Flemming Høilund-Carlsen; Søren Hess; Thomas J. Werner; Abass Alavi
      Pages: 893 - 897
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3959-6
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Imaging α v β 3 integrin expression in skeletal metastases with 99m
           Tc-maraciclatide single-photon emission computed tomography: detection and
           therapy response assessment
    • Authors: Gary J. R. Cook; Gurdip K. Azad; Benjamin P. Taylor; Eugene Lee; Matthew S. Morrison; Simon Hughes; Stephen Morris; Sarah Rudman; Simon Chowdhury; Vicky Goh
      Pages: 898 - 903
      Abstract: Purpose Osteoclast activity is an important factor in the pathogenesis of skeletal metastases and is a potential therapeutic target. This study aimed to determine if selective uptake of 99mTc-maraciclatide, a radiopharmaceutical targeting αvβ3 integrin, occurs in prostate cancer (PCa) bone metastases and to observe the changes following systemic therapy. Methods The study group comprised 17 men with bone-predominant metastatic PCa who underwent whole-body planar and single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging with 99mTc-maraciclatide before (n = 17) and 12 weeks after (n = 11) starting treatment with abiraterone. Tumour to normal bone (T:N) ratios, tumour to muscle (T:M) ratios and CT Hounsfield units (HU) were measured in up to five target metastases in each subject. An oncologist blinded to study scans assessed clinical responses up to 24 weeks using conventional criteria. Results Before treatment, metastases showed specific 99mTc-maraciclatide accumulation (mean planar T:N and T:M ratios 1.43 and 3.06; SPECT T:N and T:M ratios 3.1 and 5.19, respectively). Baseline sclerotic lesions (389–740 HU) showed lower T:M ratios (4.22 vs. 7.04, p = 0.02) than less sclerotic/lytic lesions (46–381 HU). Patients with progressive disease (PD; n = 5) showed increased planar T:N and T:M ratios (0.29 and 12.1%, respectively) and SPECT T:N and T:M ratios (11.9 and 20.2%, respectively). Patients without progression showed decreased planar T:N and T:M ratios (0.27 and −8.0%, p = 1.0 and 0.044, respectively) and SPECT T:N and T:M ratios (−21.9, and −27.2%, p = 0.3 and 0.036, respectively). The percentage change in CT HU was inversely correlated with the percentage change in SPECT T:M ratios (r = −0.59, p = 0.006). Conclusions 99mTc-maraciclatide accumulates in PCa bone metastases in keeping with increased αvβ3 integrin expression. Greater activity in metastases with lower CT density suggests that uptake is related to osteoclast activity. Changes in planar and SPECT T:M ratios after 12 weeks of treatment differed between patients with and without PD and 99mTc-maraciclatide imaging may be a potential method for assessing early response.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-017-3926-7
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • 68 Ga-PSMA PET/CT in the evaluation of bone metastases in prostate cancer
    • Authors: Christos Sachpekidis; P. Bäumer; K. Kopka; B. A. Hadaschik; M. Hohenfellner; A. Kopp-Schneider; U. Haberkorn; A. Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss
      Pages: 904 - 912
      Abstract: Purpose The aims of this retrospective analysis were to compare 68Ga-PSMA PET findings and low-dose CT findings (120 kV, 30 mA), and to obtain semiquantitative and quantitative 68Ga-PSMA PET data in patients with prostate cancer (PC) bone metastases. Methods In total, 152 PET/CT scans from 140 patients were evaluated. Of these patients, 30 had previously untreated primary PC, and 110 had biochemical relapse after treatment of primary PC. All patients underwent dynamic PET/CT scanning of the pelvis and lower abdomen as well as whole-body PET/CT with 68Ga-PSMA-11. The PET/CT scans were analysed qualitatively (visually), semiquantitatively (SUV), and quantitatively based on a two-tissue compartment model and a noncompartmental approach leading to the extraction of the fractal dimension. Differences were considered significant for p values <0.05. Results In total, 168 68Ga-PSMA-positive and 113 CT-positive skeletal lesions were detected in 37 patients (8 with primary PC, 29 with biochemical recurrence). Of these 168 lesions, 103 were both 68Ga-PSMA PET-positive and CT-positive, 65 were only 68Ga-PSMA-positive, and 10 were only CT-positive. The Yang test showed that there were significantly more 68Ga-PSMA PET-positive lesions than CT-positive lesions. Association analysis showed that PSA plasma levels were significantly correlated with several 68Ga-PSMA-11-associated parameters in bone metastases, including the degree of tracer uptake (SUVaverage and SUVmax), its transport rate from plasma to the interstitial/intracellular compartment (K1), its rate of binding to the PSMA receptor and its internalization (k3), its influx rate (Ki), and its distribution heterogeneity. Conclusion 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT is a useful diagnostic tool in the detection of bone metastases in PC. 68Ga-PSMA PET visualizes more bone metastases than low-dose CT. PSA plasma levels are significantly correlated with several 68Ga-PSMA PET parameters.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3936-0
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • PSA-stratified detection rates for [ 68 Ga]THP-PSMA, a novel probe for
           rapid kit-based 68 Ga-labeling and PET imaging, in patients with
           biochemical recurrence after primary therapy for prostate cancer
    • Authors: Thorsten Derlin; Sebastian Schmuck; Cathleen Juhl; Johanna Zörgiebel; Sophie M. Schneefeld; Almut C. A. Walte; Katja Hueper; Christoph A. von Klot; Christoph Henkenberens; Hans Christiansen; James T. Thackeray; Tobias L. Ross; Frank M. Bengel
      Pages: 913 - 922
      Abstract: Purpose [68Ga]Tris(hydroxypyridinone)(THP)-PSMA is a novel radiopharmaceutical for one-step kit-based radiolabelling, based on direct chelation of 68Ga3+ at low concentration, room temperature and over a wide pH range, using direct elution from a 68Ge/68Ga-generator. We evaluated the clinical detection rates of [68Ga]THP-PSMA PET/CT in patients with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer after prostatectomy. Methods Consecutive patients (n=99) referred for evaluation of biochemical relapse of prostate cancer by [68Ga]THP-PSMA PET/CT were analyzed retrospectively. Patients underwent a standard whole-body PET/CT (1 h p.i.), followed by delayed (3 h p.i.) imaging of the abdomen. PSA-stratified cohorts of positive PET/CT results, standardized uptake values (SUVs) and target-to-background ratios (TBRs) were analyzed, and compared between standard and delayed imaging. Results At least one lesion suggestive of recurrent or metastatic prostate cancer was identified on PET images in 52 patients (52.5%). Detection rates of [68Ga]THP-PSMA PET/CT increased with increasing PSA level: 94.1% for a PSA value of ≥10 ng/mL, 77.3% for a PSA value of 2 to <10 ng/mL, 54.5% for a PSA value of 1 to <2 ng/mL, 14.3% for a PSA value of 0.5 to <1 ng/mL, 20.0% for a PSA value of >0.2 to <0.5, and 22.2% for a PSA value of 0.01 to 0.2 ng/mL. [68Ga]THP-PSMA uptake (SUVs) in metastases decreased over time, whereas TBRs improved. Delayed imaging at 3 h p.i. exclusively identified pathologic findings in 2% of [68Ga]THP-PSMA PET/CT scans. Detection rate was higher in patients with a Gleason score ≥8 (P=0.02) and in patients receiving androgen deprivation therapy (P=0.003). Conclusions In this study, [68Ga]THP-PSMA PET/CT showed suitable detection rates in patients with biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer and PSA levels ≥ 2 ng /mL. Detections rates were lower than in previous studies evaluating other PSMA ligands, though prospective direct radiotracer comparison studies are mandatory particularly in patients with low PSA levels to evaluate the relative performance of different PSMA ligands.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-017-3924-9
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Investigation of receptor radionuclide therapy with 177 Lu-DOTATATE in
           patients with GEP-NEN and a high Ki-67 proliferation index
    • Authors: Silvia Nicolini; Stefano Severi; Annarita Ianniello; Maddalena Sansovini; Alice Ambrosetti; Alberto Bongiovanni; Emanuela Scarpi; Francesca Di Mauro; Alice Rossi; Federica Matteucci; Giovanni Paganelli
      Pages: 923 - 930
      Abstract: Purpose In the 2010 WHO classification, a Ki-67 proliferation index of 20% is the cut-off between intermediate-grade and high-grade gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasia (GEP-NEN). However, in clinical practice, tumours with a Ki-67 index of >15% are often considered high grade and treated with chemotherapy. In 40–70% of high-grade NENs, somatostatin receptors are overexpressed, enabling peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) to be performed. We investigated the role of PRRT with 177Lu-DOTATATE in patients with GEP-NEN and a high Ki-67 proliferation index. Methods A total of 33 patients with advanced GEP-NENs, positive somatostatin receptor imaging (SRI+) and a Ki-67 proliferation index ranging from 15% to 70% were treated with Lu-PRRT. A cumulative activity of 18.5 GBq or 27.8 GBq of 177Lu-DOTATATE was administered in four or five cycles. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was used to determine the best threshold of Ki-67 expression to predict disease progression. Results All patients completed the intended treatment. The median follow-up was 43 months (range 3–69 months). Two patients (6%) achieved a partial response and 21 (64%) showed stable disease, giving a disease control rate (DCR) of 70%. The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 23 months (95% CI 14.9–31.0 months) and the median overall survival was 52.9 months (95% CI 17.1–68.9 months). ROC curve analysis at 23 months revealed that the best Ki-67 index cut-off was 35%. In 23 patients (70%) the Ki-67 index was ≤35% and in 10 patients (30%) the Ki-67 index was in the range 36–70%. The DCR in the former group was 87% and 30% in the latter. The median PFS was 26.3 months (95% CI 18.4–37.7 months) and 6.8 months (95% CI 2.1–27 months), respectively (p = 0.005). Conclusions Lu-PRRT showed antitumour activity in SRI+ GEP-NENs of intermediate and high-grade. DCR and PFS were significantly better in patients with a Ki-67 index of ≤35% than in those with a Ki-67 index of >35%. On the basis of these results, PRRT should be considered as a therapeutic option in patients with high-grade SRI+ GEP-NENs, in particular those with a Ki-67 proliferation index of ≤35%.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-017-3925-8
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Repeatability of quantitative 18 F-FLT uptake measurements in solid
           tumors: an individual patient data multi-center meta-analysis
    • Authors: G. M. Kramer; on behalf of the QuIC-ConCePT consortium; Y. Liu; A. J. de Langen; E. P. Jansma; I. Trigonis; M.-C. Asselin; A. Jackson; L. Kenny; E. O. Aboagye; O. S. Hoekstra; R. Boellaard
      Pages: 951 - 961
      Abstract: Introduction 3′-deoxy-3′-[18F]fluorothymidine (18F–FLT) positron emission tomography (PET) provides a non-invasive method to assess cellular proliferation and response to antitumor therapy. Quantitative 18F–FLT uptake metrics are being used for evaluation of proliferative response in investigational setting, however multi-center repeatability needs to be established. The aim of this study was to determine the repeatability of 18F–FLT tumor uptake metrics by re-analyzing individual patient data from previously published reports using the same tumor segmentation method and repeatability metrics across cohorts. Methods A systematic search in PubMed, EMBASE.com and the Cochrane Library from inception-October 2016 yielded five 18F–FLT repeatability cohorts in solid tumors. 18F–FLT avid lesions were delineated using a 50% isocontour adapted for local background on test and retest scans. SUVmax, SUVmean, SUVpeak, proliferative volume and total lesion uptake (TLU) were calculated. Repeatability was assessed using the repeatability coefficient (RC = 1.96 × SD of test–retest differences), linear regression analysis, and the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC). The impact of different lesion selection criteria was also evaluated. Results Images from four cohorts containing 30 patients with 52 lesions were obtained and analyzed (ten in breast cancer, nine in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, and 33 in non-small cell lung cancer patients). A good correlation was found between test–retest data for all 18F–FLT uptake metrics (R2 ≥ 0.93; ICC ≥ 0.96). Best repeatability was found for SUVpeak (RC: 23.1%), without significant differences in RC between different SUV metrics. Repeatability of proliferative volume (RC: 36.0%) and TLU (RC: 36.4%) was worse than SUV. Lesion selection methods based on SUVmax ≥ 4.0 improved the repeatability of volumetric metrics (RC: 26–28%), but did not affect the repeatability of SUV metrics. Conclusions In multi-center studies, differences ≥ 25% in 18F–FLT SUV metrics likely represent a true change in tumor uptake. Larger differences are required for FLT metrics comprising volume estimates when no lesion selection criteria are applied.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-017-3923-x
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • The relationship between local recurrences and distant metastases in
           prostate cancer: can 11 C-choline PET/CT contribute to understand the
           link'
    • Authors: Giampiero Giovacchini; Andrea Ciarmiello; Elisabetta Giovannini; Andrei Fodor; Cesare Cozzarini; Paola Mapelli; Elena Incerti; Nadia Di Muzio; Luigi Gianolli; Maria Picchio
      Pages: 962 - 969
      Abstract: Purpose Previous studies in prostate cancer (PCa) patients tried to correlate the onset of local recurrence (LR) with the development of distant metastases and formulated, based on theoretical and experimental data, hypotheses linking the two events. We aimed to address this issue with 11C-choline positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). Methods This retrospective study included 491 PCa patients previously treated with radical prostatectomy who had undergone 11C-choline PET/CT owing to biochemical failure. Further inclusion criteria were availability of clinical and pathological variables for survival analysis. Statistical significance was taken at P < 0.05. Results Seventy-two patients (14.7%) had evidence of LR at 11C-choline PET/CT. The frequency of LR increased from 13.8% in the interval 0–4 years after prostatectomy, to 23.9% in the 12–16-year interval (P = 0.080). On the contrary, the frequency of lymph node metastases (overall rate in the 0–16 years interval after prostatectomy: 26.3%) and of bone metastases (overall rate: 13.8%) decreased significantly over time. Kaplan-Meier curves showed no significant group difference in the rates of lymph node or bone metastases between patients with LR and patients without LR. LR significantly predicted PCa-specific survival at univariate analysis, but the statistical significance was lost at multivariate analysis. Conclusion We found no differences in the rates of lymph node and bone metastases between patients with and without LR. An inverse time-dependent trend was observed in the frequency of LR on one side and of lymph node and bone metastases on the other side. These findings were discussed in relation to previous theories linking LR to distant metastases and our study design.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3944-0
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Prospective observational study of 177 Lu-DOTA-octreotate therapy in 200
           patients with advanced metastasized neuroendocrine tumours (NETs):
           feasibility and impact of a dosimetry-guided study protocol on outcome and
           toxicity
    • Authors: Ulrike Garske-Román; Mattias Sandström; Katarzyna Fröss Baron; Lars Lundin; Per Hellman; Staffan Welin; Silvia Johansson; Tanweera Khan; Hans Lundqvist; Barbro Eriksson; Anders Sundin; Dan Granberg
      Pages: 970 - 988
      Abstract: Purpose Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy in patients with neuroendocrine tumours has yielded promising results. This prospective study investigated the feasibility of dosimetry of the kidneys and bone marrow during therapy and its impact on efficacy and outcome. Methods The study group comprised 200 consecutive patients with metastasized somatostatin receptor-positive neuroendocrine tumours progressing on standard therapy or not suitable for other therapeutic options. A treatment cycle consisted of 7.4 GBq 177Lu-DOTA-octreotate with co-infusion of a mixed amino acid solution, and cycles were repeated until the absorbed dose to the kidneys reached 23 Gy or there were other reasons for stopping therapy. The Ki-67 index was ≤2% in 47 patients (23.5%), 3–20% in 121 (60.5%) and >20% in 16 (8%). Results In 123 patients (61.5%) the absorbed dose to the kidneys reached 23 Gy with three to nine cycles during first-line therapy; in no patient was a dose to the bone marrow of 2 Gy reached. The best responses (according to RECIST 1.1) were a complete response (CR) in 1 patient (0.5%), a partial response (PR) in 47 (23.5%), stable disease (SD) in 135 (67.5%) and progressive disease (PD) in 7 (3.5%). Median progression-free survival was 27 months (95% CI 22–30 months) in all patients, 33 months in those in whom the absorbed dose to the kidneys reached 23 Gy and 15 months in those in whom it did not. Median overall survival (OS) was 43 months (95% CI 39–53 months) in all patients, 54 months in those in whom the absorbed dose to the kidneys reached 23 Gy and 25 months in those in whom it did not. Median OS was 60 months in patients with a best response of PR or CR, 42 months in those with SD and 16 months in those with PD. Three patients (1.5%) developed acute leukaemia, 1 patient (0.5%) chronic leukaemia (unconfirmed) and 30 patients (15%) grade 3 or 4 bone marrow toxicity. Eight patients (4%) developed grade 2 kidney toxicity and one patient (0.5%) grade 4 kidney toxicity. Conclusions Dosimetry-based therapy with 177Lu-DOTA-octreotate is feasible. Patients in whom the absorbed dose to the kidneys reached 23 Gy had a longer OS than those in whom it did not. Patients with CR/PR had a longer OS than those with SD. Bone marrow dosimetry did not predict toxicity.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3945-z
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Combined model-based and patient-specific dosimetry for 18 F-DCFPyL, a
           PSMA-targeted PET agent
    • Authors: Donika Plyku; Esther Mena; Steven P. Rowe; Martin A. Lodge; Zsolt Szabo; Steve Y. Cho; Martin G. Pomper; George Sgouros; Robert F. Hobbs
      Pages: 989 - 998
      Abstract: Purpose Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a type-II integral membrane protein highly expressed in prostate cancer, has been extensively used as a target for imaging and therapy. Among the available PET radiotracers, the low molecular weight agents that bind to PSMA are proving particularly effective. We present the dosimetry results for 18F-DCFPyL in nine patients with metastatic prostate cancer. Methods Nine patients were imaged using sequential PET/CT scans at approximately 1, 12, 35 and 70 min, and a final PET/CT scan at approximately 120 min after intravenous administration of 321 ± 8 MBq (8.7 ± 0.2 mCi) of18F-DCFPyL. Time-integrated-activity coefficients were calculated and used as input in OLINDA/EXM software to obtain dose estimates for the majority of the major organs. The absorbed doses (AD) to the eye lens and lacrimal glands were calculated using Monte-Carlo models based on idealized anatomy combined with patient-specific volumes and activity from the PET/CT scans. Monte-Carlo based models were also developed for calculation of the dose to two major salivary glands (parotid and submandibular) using CT-based patient-specific gland volumes. Results The highest calculated mean AD per unit administered activity of 18F was found in the lacrimal glands, followed by the submandibular glands, kidneys, urinary bladder wall, and parotid glands. The S-values for the lacrimal glands to the eye lens (0.42 mGy/MBq h), the tear film to the eye lens (1.78 mGy/MBq h) and the lacrimal gland self-dose (574.10 mGy/MBq h) were calculated. Average S-values for the salivary glands were 3.58 mGy/MBq h for the parotid self-dose and 6.78 mGy/MBq h for the submandibular self-dose. The resultant mean effective dose of 18F-DCFPyL was 0.017 ± 0.002 mSv/MBq. Conclusions 18F-DCFPyL dosimetry in nine patients was obtained using novel models for the lacrimal and salivary glands, two organs with potentially dose-limiting uptake for therapy and diagnosis which lacked pre-existing models.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3939-x
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Antitumor effects of radionuclide treatment using α-emitting meta - 211
           At-astato-benzylguanidine in a PC12 pheochromocytoma model
    • Authors: Yasuhiro Ohshima; Hitomi Sudo; Shigeki Watanabe; Kotaro Nagatsu; Atsushi B. Tsuji; Tetsuya Sakashita; Yoichi M. Ito; Keiichiro Yoshinaga; Tatsuya Higashi; Noriko S. Ishioka
      Pages: 999 - 1010
      Abstract: Purpose Therapeutic options for patients with malignant pheochromocytoma are currently limited, and therefore new treatment approaches are being sought. Targeted radionuclide therapy provides tumor-specific systemic treatments. The β-emitting radiopharmaceutical meta-131I-iodo-benzylguanidine (131I-MIBG) provides limited survival benefits and has adverse effects. A new generation of radionuclides for therapy using α-particles including meta-211At-astato-benzylguanidine (211At-MABG) are expected to have strong therapeutic effects with minimal side effects. However, this possibility has not been evaluated in an animal model of pheochromocytoma. We aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effects of the α-emitter 211At-MABG in a pheochromocytoma model. Methods We evaluated tumor volume-reducing effects of 211At-MABG using rat pheochromocytoma cell line PC12 tumor-bearing mice. PC12 tumor-bearing mice received intravenous injections of 211At-MABG (0.28, 0.56, 1.11, 1.85, 3.70 and 5.55 MBq; five mice per group). Tumor volumes were evaluated for 8 weeks after 211At-MABG administration. The control group of ten mice received phosphate-buffered saline. Results The 211At-MABG-treated mice showed significantly lower relative tumor growth during the first 38 days than the control mice. The relative tumor volumes on day 21 were 509.2% ± 169.1% in the control mice and 9.6% ± 5.5% in the mice receiving 0.56 MBq (p < 0.01). In addition, the mice treated with 0.28, 0.56 and 1.11 MBq of 211At-MABG showed only a temporary weight reduction, with recovery in weight by day 10. Conclusion 211At-MABG exhibited a strong tumor volume-reducing effect in a mouse model of pheochromocytoma without weight reduction. Therefore, 211At-MABG might be an effective therapeutic agent for the treatment of malignant pheochromocytoma.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-017-3919-6
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • 11 C–acetate PET/CT: a potential alternative of transcranial biopsy for
           grading cerebral gliomas
    • Authors: Jun Hatazawa
      Pages: 1011 - 1011
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3950-2
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • The roles of 11 C-acetate PET/CT in predicting tumor differentiation and
           survival in patients with cerebral glioma
    • Authors: Soyoung Kim; Dongwoo Kim; Se Hoon Kim; Mi-ae Park; Jong Hee Chang; Mijin Yun
      Pages: 1012 - 1020
      Abstract: Purpose This prospective study aimed to evaluate the clinical values of 11C–acetate positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in predicting histologic grades and survival in patients with cerebral glioma. Methods Seventy-three patients with surgically confirmed cerebral gliomas (19 grade II, 21 grade III, and 33 grade IV) who underwent 11C–acetate PET/CT before surgery were included. Tumor-to-choroid plexus ratio (TCR), which was defined as the maximum standardized uptake value (SUV) of tumors to the mean SUV of choroid plexus, was compared between three World Health Organization (WHO) grade groups. Moreover, metabolic tumor volumes (MTV) were calculated. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) curves were plotted using the Kaplan–Meier method, and differences in survival between groups were assessed using the log-rank test. Results Median TCR was 1.20 (interquartile range [IQR], 1.14 to 1.4) in grade II, 1.65 (IQR, 1.26 to 1.79) in grade III, and 2.53 (IQR, 1.93 to 3.30) in grade IV gliomas. Significant differences in TCR were seen among the three WHO grade groups (P < 0.001). In Cox regression analysis including TCR, MTV, molecular markers, and other clinical factors, TCR was prognostic for PFS (P = 0.016) and TCR and MTV were prognostic for OS (P = 0.024 [TCR], P = 0.030 [MTV]). PFS and OS were significantly shorter in patients with a TCR ≥ 1.6 than in those with a TCR < 1.6. OS were significantly shorter in patients with a MTV ≥ 1 than in those with a TCR < 1. Conclusions TCR on 11C–acetate PET/CT significantly differed between low- and high-grade cerebral gliomas, and it showed the capability to further differentiate grade III from grade IV tumors. TCR and MTV were independent prognostic factors and predicted survival better than did the WHO grade.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3948-9
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Amyloid and tau signatures of brain metabolic decline in preclinical
           Alzheimer’s disease
    • Authors: Tharick A. Pascoal; for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative; Sulantha Mathotaarachchi; Monica Shin; Ah Yeon Park; Sara Mohades; Andrea L. Benedet; Min Su Kang; Gassan Massarweh; Jean-Paul Soucy; Serge Gauthier; Pedro Rosa-Neto
      Pages: 1021 - 1030
      Abstract: Purpose We aimed to determine the amyloid (Aβ) and tau biomarker levels associated with imminent Alzheimer’s disease (AD) - related metabolic decline in cognitively normal individuals. Methods A threshold analysis was performed in 120 cognitively normal elderly individuals by modelling 2-year declines in brain glucose metabolism measured with [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) as a function of [18F]florbetapir Aβ positron emission tomography (PET) and cerebrospinal fluid phosphorylated tau biomarker thresholds. Additionally, using a novel voxel-wise analytical framework, we determined the sample sizes needed to test an estimated 25% drugeffect with 80% of power on changes in FDG uptake over 2 years at every brain voxel. Results The combination of [18F]florbetapir standardized uptake value ratios and phosphorylated-tau levels more than one standard deviation higher than their respective thresholds for biomarker abnormality was the best predictor of metabolic decline in individuals with preclinical AD. We also found that a clinical trial using these thresholds would require as few as 100 individuals to test a 25% drug effect on AD-related metabolic decline over 2 years. Conclusions These results highlight the new concept that combined Aβ and tau thresholds can predict imminent neurodegeneration as an alternative framework with a high statistical power for testing the effect of disease-modifying therapies on [18F]FDG uptake decline over a typical 2-year clinical trial period in individuals with preclinical AD.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3933-3
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Hybrid MR-PET of brain tumours using amino acid PET and chemical exchange
           saturation transfer MRI
    • Authors: N. A. da Silva; P. Lohmann; J. Fairney; A. W. Magill; A.-M. Oros Peusquens; C.-H. Choi; R. Stirnberg; G. Stoffels; N. Galldiks; X. Golay; K.-J. Langen; N. Jon Shah
      Pages: 1031 - 1040
      Abstract: Purpose PET using radiolabelled amino acids has become a promising tool in the diagnostics of gliomas and brain metastasis. Current research is focused on the evaluation of amide proton transfer (APT) chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MR imaging for brain tumour imaging. In this hybrid MR-PET study, brain tumours were compared using 3D data derived from APT-CEST MRI and amino acid PET using O-(2-18F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine (18F-FET). Methods Eight patients with gliomas were investigated simultaneously with 18F-FET PET and APT-CEST MRI using a 3-T MR-BrainPET scanner. CEST imaging was based on a steady-state approach using a B1 average power of 1μT. B0 field inhomogeneities were corrected a Prametric images of magnetisation transfer ratio asymmetry (MTRasym) and differences to the extrapolated semi-solid magnetisation transfer reference method, APT# and nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE#), were calculated. Statistical analysis of the tumour-to-brain ratio of the CEST data was performed against PET data using the non-parametric Wilcoxon test. Results A tumour-to-brain ratio derived from APT# and 18F-FET presented no significant differences, and no correlation was found between APT# and 18F-FET PET data. The distance between local hot spot APT# and 18F-FET were different (average 20 ± 13 mm, range 4–45 mm). Conclusion For the first time, CEST images were compared with 18F-FET in a simultaneous MR-PET measurement. Imaging findings derived from18F-FET PET and APT CEST MRI seem to provide different biological information. The validation of these imaging findings by histological confirmation is necessary, ideally using stereotactic biopsy.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3940-4
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • A first-in-man PET study of [ 18 F]PSS232, a fluorinated ABP688 derivative
           for imaging metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5
    • Authors: Geoffrey Warnock; Michael Sommerauer; Linjing Mu; Gloria Pla Gonzalez; Susanne Geistlich; Valerie Treyer; Roger Schibli; Alfred Buck; Stefanie D. Krämer; Simon M. Ametamey
      Pages: 1041 - 1051
      Abstract: Purpose Non-invasive imaging of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGlu5) in the brain using PET is of interest in e.g., anxiety, depression, and Parkinson’s disease. Widespread application of the most widely used mGlu5 tracer, [11C]ABP688, is limited by the short physical half-life of carbon-11. [18F]PSS232 is a fluorinated analog with promising preclinical properties and high selectivity and specificity for mGlu5. In this first-in-man study, we evaluated the brain uptake pattern and kinetics of [18F]PSS232 in healthy volunteers. Methods [18F]PSS232 PET was performed with ten healthy male volunteers aged 20–40 years. Seven of the subjects received a bolus injection and the remainder a bolus/infusion protocol. Cerebral blood flow was determined in seven subjects using [15O]water PET. Arterial blood activity was measured using an online blood counter. Tracer kinetics were evaluated by compartment modeling and parametric maps were generated for both tracers. Results At 90 min post-injection, 59.2 ± 11.1% of total radioactivity in plasma corresponded to intact tracer. The regional first pass extraction fraction of [18F]PSS232 ranged from 0.41 ± 0.06 to 0.55 ± 0.03 and brain distribution pattern matched that of [11C]ABP688. Uptake kinetics followed a simple two-tissue compartment model. The volume of distribution of total tracer (V T, ml/cm3) ranged from 1.18 ± 0.20 for white matter to 2.91 ± 0.51 for putamen. The respective mean distribution volume ratios (DVR) with cerebellum as the reference tissue were 0.88 ± 0.06 and 2.12 ± 0.10, respectively. The tissue/cerebellum ratios of a bolus/infusion protocol (30/70 dose ratio) were close to the DVR values. Conclusions Brain uptake of [18F]PSS232 matched the distribution of mGlu5 and followed a two-tissue compartment model. The well-defined kinetics and the possibility to use reference tissue models, obviating the need for arterial blood sampling, make [18F]PSS232 a promising fluorine-18 labeled radioligand for measuring mGlu5 density in humans.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-017-3879-x
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Extraction, selection and comparison of features for an effective
           automated computer-aided diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease based on [ 123
           I]FP-CIT SPECT images
    • Authors: Francisco P. M. Oliveira; Diogo Borges Faria; Durval C. Costa; Miguel Castelo-Branco; João Manuel R. S. Tavares
      Pages: 1052 - 1062
      Abstract: Purpose This work aimed to assess the potential of a set of features extracted from [123I]FP-CIT SPECT brain images to be used in the computer-aided “in vivo” confirmation of dopaminergic degeneration and therefore to assist clinical decision to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Methods Seven features were computed from each brain hemisphere: five standard features related to uptake ratios on the striatum and two features related to the estimated volume and length of the striatal region with normal uptake. The features were tested on a dataset of 652 [123I]FP-CIT SPECT brain images from the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative. The discrimination capacities of each feature individually and groups of features were assessed using three different machine learning techniques: support vector machines (SVM), k-nearest neighbors and logistic regression. Results Cross-validation results based on SVM have shown that, individually, the features that generated the highest accuracies were the length of the striatal region (96.5%), the putaminal binding potential (95.4%) and the striatal binding potential (93.9%) with no statistically significant differences among them. The highest classification accuracy was obtained using all features simultaneously (accuracy 97.9%, sensitivity 98% and specificity 97.6%). Generally, slightly better results were obtained using the SVM with no statistically significant difference to the other classifiers for most of the features. Conclusions The length of the striatal region uptake is clinically useful and highly valuable to confirm dopaminergic degeneration “in vivo” as an aid to the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. It compares fairly well to the standard uptake ratio-based features, reaching, at least, similar accuracies and is easier to obtain automatically. Thus, we propose its day to day clinical use, jointly with the uptake ratio-based features, in the computer-aided diagnosis of dopaminergic degeneration in Parkinson’s disease.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-017-3918-7
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • FDG-PET/CT for treatment response assessment in head and neck squamous
           cell carcinoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic
           performance
    • Authors: Nils Helsen; Tim Van den Wyngaert; Laurens Carp; Sigrid Stroobants
      Pages: 1063 - 1071
      Abstract: Purpose 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) is increasingly used to evaluate treatment response in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). This analysis assessed the diagnostic value of FDG-PET/CT in detecting nodal disease within 6 months after treatment, considering patient and disease characteristics. Methods A systematic review was performed using the MEDLINE and Web of Knowledge databases. The results were pooled using a bivariate random effects model of the sensitivity and specificity. Results Out of 22 identified studies, a meta-analysis of 20 studies (1293 patients) was performed. The pooled estimates of sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic odds ratio (with 95% CI) were 85% (76–91%), 93% (89–96%) and 76 (35–165), respectively. With the prevalence set at 10%, the positive and negative predictive values were 58% and 98%. There was significant heterogeneity between the trials (p < 0.001). HPV positive tumors were associated with lower sensitivity (75% vs 89%; p = 0.01) and specificity (87% vs 95%; p < 0.005). Conclusion FDG-PET/CT within 6 months after (chemo)radiotherapy in HNSCC patients is a reliable method for ruling out residual/recurrent nodal disease and obviates the need for therapeutic intervention. However, FDG-PET/CT may be less reliable in HPV positive tumors and the optimal surveillance strategy remains to be determined.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3978-3
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Is it time to change our vision of tumor metabolism prior to
           immunotherapy'
    • Authors: Fabio Grizzi; Angelo Castello; Egesta Lopci
      Pages: 1072 - 1075
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3988-1
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Advantage of 18 F-PSMA-1007 over 68 Ga-PSMA-11 PET imaging for
           differentiation of local recurrence vs. urinary tracer excretion
    • Authors: Kambiz Rahbar; Matthias Weckesser; Hojjat Ahmadzadehfar; Michael Schäfers; Lars Stegger; Martin Bögemann
      Pages: 1076 - 1077
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3952-0
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
  • Correction to: Biological tumour volumes of gliomas in early and standard
           20–40 min 18 F-FET PET images differ according to IDH mutation status
    • Authors: M. Unterrainer; I. Winkelmann; B. Suchorska; A. Giese; V. Wenter; F. W. Kreth; J. Herms; P. Bartenstein; J. C. Tonn; N. L. Albert
      Pages: 1078 - 1078
      Abstract: The name of M. Unterrainer was inadvertently presented as M. Unterrrainer in the original article.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3991-6
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 6 (2018)
       
 
 
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