TITLE

Feasibility of integrated CT-liver perfusion in routine FDG-PET/CT

AUTHOR(S)
Veit-Haibach, Patrick; Treyer, Valerie; Strobel, Klaus; Soyka, Jan D.; Husmann, Lars; Schaefer, Niklaus G.; Tschopp, Alois; Hany, Thomas F.
PUB. DATE
October 2010
SOURCE
Abdominal Imaging;Oct2010, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p528
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Objective: To integrate CT-perfusion into a routine, clinical contrast-enhanced (ce) PET/CT protocol for the evaluation of liver metastases and to compare functional CT and PET parameters. Materials and Methods: Forty-six consecutive patients (mean age: 60 (34-82) years; 20 f, 26 m) with known liver lesions (colorectal metastases (n = 34), primary liver cancer (n = 4), breast cancer (n = 3), anal cancer, gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, GIST, duodenal cancer (all: n = 1) who were referred for staging or therapy follow-up by [18F]-Fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose-positron-emission-tomography/computed-tomography imaging (FDG-PET/CT) were included. After acquisition of a low-dose PET/CT, a split-injection (70-90 mL) ce-CT-protocol, including a 35-s CT-perfusion scan of the liver and a diagnostic ce-CT of the thorax and/or abdomen (70 s delay, iv-contrast volume: 90 mL, 4 mL/s) was performed. CT-perfusion parameters (BF, BV, MTT,) and semi-quantitative PET-parameters (SUVmax, SUVmean, TLG, PETvol) were analyzed and compared. Results: CT-perfusion data could be obtained in all but one patient with shallow breathing. In all patients, diagnostic ce-PET/CT quality was adequate without the use of additional contrast media. Significant correlations (P < 0.05) were found for each of BF, BV, MTT, and SUVmax, further, BF and MTT correlated with TLG. Several other correlations were seen for other perfusion and PET-parameters. Conclusion: Combined CT-perfusion/PET/CT-protocol without the use of additional contrast media is feasible and can be easily integrated in clinical routine. Perfusion parameters and PET-parameters are only partly correlating and therefore have to be investigated further at fixed time points during the course of disease and therapy.
ACCESSION #
54080296

 

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