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(124)I PET/CT in the pretherapeutic staging of differentiated thyroid carcinoma: comparison with posttherapy (131)I SPECT/CT.
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PMID:  23340593     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: To compare pretherapy (124)I PET/CT and posttherapy (131)I SPECT/CT in the identification of pathological lesions and the staging of patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma. METHODS: (124)I SPECT with low-dose CT in addition to a standard whole-body scan was performed 5 days following (131)I therapy with the administration of 1,110-7,728 MBq. Pretherapy (124)I PET/CT was done 24 h and 96 h after oral ingestion of 20-28 MBq, including a noncontrast high-dose CT scan. Scans were evaluated by two independent experienced nuclear physicians. In addition to the total number of lesions found, patient-based analyses and lesion-based analyses were performed to ascertain the discrepancies between the findings of the two scanning techniques, as well as to evaluate the clinical impact of the findings. RESULTS: A group of 20 consecutive patients were analysed. In the lesion-based analysis, a total of 62 foci were found with all modalities together. Of these, (124)I PET/CT found 57 (92 %), (131)I SPECT/CT 50 (81 %) and planar imaging 39 (63 %). In the patient-based analysis, in 50 % of patients complete concordance between the findings of (124)I PET and (131)I SPECT was seen, in 5 % complete discordance and in the remaining 45 % partial discordance, i.e. a focus or some foci seen with both modalities but another or others seen more or less with one or other modality. In 5 of the 20 patients (25 %), tumour stage was changed according to the findings of one of the modalities. In 60 % of these patients this was only with the findings of (124)I PET/CT. CONCLUSION: This study showed that (124)I PET/CT is preferred over (131)I imaging for staging differentiated thyroid carcinoma.
Cecile de Pont; Servais Halders; Jan Bucerius; Felix Mottaghy; Boudewijn Brans
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1619-7089     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Nucl. Med. Mol. Imaging     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101140988     Medline TA:  Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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