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Thyroid Remnant Estimation by Tc-99m-Sestamibi Scanning Predicts the Effectiveness of rhTSH-Stimulated I-131 Ablation in Patients With Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma.
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PMID:  21825849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
AIM: : To evaluate the relationship between postsurgical cervical Tc-99m-sestamibi scan uptake and the rate of successful remnant ablation after recombinant human-thyrotropin (rhTSH)-aided-I-131 ablation in patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC).
METHODS: : In all, 154 DTC patients who underwent total thyroidectomy and rhTSH-aided remnant ablation with I-131 (3.7 GBq) were enrolled. Tc-99m-sestamibi scans were performed during continuing thyroid hormone administration in all cases. Thyroid ablation was assessed after 6 to 12 months by rhTSH-stimulated I-131-whole-body scan and thyroglobulin measurement. The rate of successful ablation, occurrence of radioiodine-induced thyroiditis, and length of hospitalization were correlated with the Tc-99m-sestamibi scintigraphy results.
RESULTS: : Tc-99m-sestamibi uptake was significantly lower in ablated versus nonablated patients (P < 0.0001). A visually positive scan and a Tc-99m-sestamibi uptake greater than 0.9% predicted a high-risk of unsuccessful ablation, prolonged hospitalization, and the occurrence of radioiodine-induced thyroiditis.
CONCLUSIONS: : Tc-99m-sestamibi scintigraphy is a simple and feasible tool to evaluate thyroid remnants and to predict radioiodine ablation results in patients with DTC.
Luca Giovanella; Sergio Suriano; Massimo Castellani; Luca Ceriani; Frederik A Verburg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nuclear medicine     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1536-0229     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nucl Med     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7611109     Medline TA:  Clin Nucl Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  781-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the *Department of Nuclear Medicine, PET-CT Center and Thyroid Unit, Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona, Switzerland; †Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore e Policlinico, Milano, Italy; and ‡Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.
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