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See detailThe Uptake of 18F-FDG by Renal Allograft in Kidney Transplant Recipients Is Not Influenced by Renal Function.
Jadoul, Alexandre; LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULiege; Weekers, Laurent et al

in Clinical Nuclear Medicine (2016), 41(9), 683-7

PURPOSE OF THE REPORT: F-FDG PET/CT has been recently proposed as a noninvasive tool for the diagnosis of renal allograft acute rejection (AR) in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). Still, the influence ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE OF THE REPORT: F-FDG PET/CT has been recently proposed as a noninvasive tool for the diagnosis of renal allograft acute rejection (AR) in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). Still, the influence of kidney function on F-FDG uptake by renal grafts remains unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified all KTRs who underwent at least one F-FDG PET/CT. Kidney transplant recipients with documented pyelonephritis or AR were excluded. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was assessed using chronic kidney disease (CKD)-EPI equation. Mean standardized uptake values (SUVmean) of renal graft cortex and aorta were measured in 4 and 1 volumes of interest, respectively. Spearman rank correlation coefficient (rho) and analysis of variance (ANOVA) were performed. RESULTS: Eighty-two KTRs underwent F-FDG PET/CT for tumor staging (n = 46), suspected infection (n = 11), or fever of unknown origin (n = 25). Mean eGFR was 50 +/- 19 mL/min per 1.73 m, including CKD stage 1 (n = 3), stage 2 (n = 21), stage 3a (n = 20), stage 3b (n = 29), and stage 4 (n = 9). Mean kidney and aorta SUVmean were 1.8 +/- 0.2 and 1.7 +/- 0.3, respectively. No significant correlation was observed between eGFR and kidney SUVmean (rho, 0.119; P, 0.28) or aorta SUVmean (rho, -0.144; P, 0.20). ANOVA showed no difference of kidney (P, 0.62) and aorta (P, 0.85) SUVmean between CKD groups. Mean coefficient of variation (on the basis of kidney SUVmean of >3 consecutive F-FDG PET/CT in 15 patients with no significant change of eGFR) reached 13.1%. CONCLUSIONS: The uptake of F-FDG by renal allografts within an hour postinjection is not significantly impacted by CKD. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorodeoxyglucose F Positron Emission Tomography Coupled With Computed Tomography in Suspected Acute Renal Allograft Rejection.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULiege; Weekers, L.; Bonvoisin, C. et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (2016)

Management of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) with suspected acute rejection (AR) ultimately relies on kidney biopsy; however, noninvasive tests predicting nonrejection would help avoid unnecessary ... [more ▼]

Management of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) with suspected acute rejection (AR) ultimately relies on kidney biopsy; however, noninvasive tests predicting nonrejection would help avoid unnecessary biopsy. AR involves recruitment of leukocytes avid for fluorodeoxyglucose F18 (18 F-FDG), thus 18 F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) coupled with computed tomography (CT) may noninvasively distinguish nonrejection from AR. From January 2013 to February 2015, we prospectively performed 32 18 F-FDG PET/CT scans in 31 adult KTRs with suspected AR who underwent transplant biopsy. Biopsies were categorized into four groups: normal (n = 8), borderline (n = 10), AR (n = 8), or other (n = 6, including 3 with polyoma BK nephropathy). Estimated GFR was comparable in all groups. PET/CT was performed 201 +/- 18 minutes after administration of 3.2 +/- 0.2 MBq/kg of 18 F-FDG, before any immunosuppression change. Mean standard uptake values (SUVs) of both upper and lower renal poles were measured. Mean SUVs reached 1.5 +/- 0.2, 1.6 +/- 0.3, 2.9 +/- 0.8, and 2.2 +/- 1.2 for the normal, borderline, AR, and other groups, respectively. One-way analysis of variance demonstrated a significant difference of mean SUVs among groups. A positive correlation between mean SUV and acute composite Banff score was found, with r2 = 0.49. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.93, with 100% sensitivity and 50% specificity using a mean SUV threshold of 1.6. In conclusion, 18 F-FDG PET/CT may help noninvasively prevent avoidable transplant biopsies in KTRs with suspected AR. [less ▲]

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See detailNeural correlates of consciousness in patients who have emerged from a minimally conscious state: A cross-sectional multimodal imaging study
Di Perri, Carol ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege; Amico, Enrico ULiege et al

in Lancet Neurology (2016), 15

Background Between pathologically impaired consciousness and normal consciousness exists a scarcely researched transition zone, referred to as emergence from minimally conscious state, in which patients ... [more ▼]

Background Between pathologically impaired consciousness and normal consciousness exists a scarcely researched transition zone, referred to as emergence from minimally conscious state, in which patients regain the capacity for functional communication, object use, or both. We investigated neural correlates of consciousness in these patients compared with patients with disorders of consciousness and healthy controls, by multimodal imaging. Methods In this cross-sectional, multimodal imaging study, patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, patients in a minimally conscious state, and patients who had emerged from a minimally conscious state, diagnosed with the Coma Recovery Scale–Revised, were recruited from the neurology department of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège, Belgium. Key exclusion criteria were neuroimaging examination in an acute state, sedation or anaesthesia during scanning, large focal brain damage, motion parameters of more than 3 mm in translation and 3° in rotation, and suboptimal segmentation and normalisation. We acquired resting state functional and structural MRI data and ¹⁸F-fl uorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET data; we used seed-based functional MRI (fMRI) analysis to investigate positive default mode network connectivity (within-network correlations) and negative default mode network connectivity (between-network anticorrelations). We correlated FDG-PET brain metabolism with fMRI connectivity. We used voxel- based morphometry to test the eff ect of anatomical deformations on functional connectivity. Findings We recruited a convenience sample of 58 patients (21 [36%] with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, 24 [41%] in a minimally conscious state, and 13 [22%] who had emerged from a minimally conscious state) and 35 healthy controls between Oct 1, 2009, and Oct 31, 2014. We detected consciousness-level-dependent increases (from unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, minimally conscious state, emergence from minimally conscious state, to healthy controls) for positive and negative default mode network connectivity, brain metabolism, and grey matter volume (p<0·05 false discovery rate corrected for multiple comparisons). Positive default mode network connectivity diff ered between patients and controls but not among patient groups (F test p<0·0001). Negative default mode network connectivity was only detected in healthy controls and in those who had emerged from a minimally conscious state; patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome or in a minimally conscious state showed pathological between-network positive connectivity (hyperconnectivity; F test p<0·0001). Brain metabolism correlated with positive default mode network connectivity (Spearman’s r=0·50 [95% CI 0·26 to 0·61]; p<0·0001) and negative default mode network connectivity (Spearman’s r=–0·52 [–0·35 to –0·67); p<0·0001). Grey matter volume did not diff er between the studied groups (F test p=0·06). Interpretation Partial preservation of between-network anticorrelations, which are seemingly of neuronal origin and cannot be solely explained by morphological deformations, characterise patients who have emerged from a minimally conscious state. Conversely, patients with disorders of consciousness show pathological between-network correlations. Apart from a deeper understanding of the neural correlates of consciousness, these fi ndings have clinical implications and might be particularly relevant for outcome prediction and could inspire new therapeutic options. [less ▲]

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See detail18F-FDG PET/CT imaging in rectal cancer: relationship with the RAS mutational status.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULiege; KOOPMANSCH, Benjamin ULiege; LAMBERT, Frédéric ULiege et al

in British Journal of Radiology (2016)

OBJECTIVE: Treating metastatic colorectal cancer with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies is recommended only for patients whose tumour does not harbour mutations of KRAS or NRAS. The aim of this study was to ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Treating metastatic colorectal cancer with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies is recommended only for patients whose tumour does not harbour mutations of KRAS or NRAS. The aim of this study was to investigate the biology of rectal cancers and specifically to evaluate the relationship between fluorine-18 fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) intensity and heterogeneity parameters and their mutational status. METHODS: 151 patients with newly diagnosed rectal cancer were included in this retrospective study. All patients underwent a baseline 18F-FDG PET/CT within a median time interval of 27 days of tumour tissue sampling, which was performed before any treatment. Standardized uptake values (SUVs), volume-based parameters and texture analysis were studied. We retrospectively performed KRAS genotyping on codons 12, 13, 61, 117 and 146, NRAS genotyping on codons 12, 13 and 61 and BRAF on codon 600. Associations between PET/CT parameters and the mutational status were assessed using univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: 83 (55%) patients had an RAS mutation: 74 KRAS and 9 NRAS, while 68 patients had no mutation (wild-type tumours). No patient had BRAF mutation. First-order features based on intensity histogram analysis were significantly associated with RAS mutations: maximum SUV (SUVmax) (p-value = 0.002), mean SUV (p-value = 0.006), skewness (p-value = 0.049), SUV standard deviation (p-value = 0.001) and SUV coefficient of variation (SUVcov) (p-value = 0.001). Both SUVcov and SUVmax showed an area under the curve of 0.65 with sensitivity of 56% and 69%, respectively, and specificity of 64% and 52%, respectively. None of the volume-based (metabolic tumour volume and total lesion glycolysis), nor local or regional textural features were associated with the presence of RAS mutations. CONCLUSION: Although rectal cancers with KRAS or NRAS mutations display a significantly higher glucose metabolism than wild-type cancers, the accuracy of the currently proposed quantitative metrics extracted from 18F-FDG PET/CT is not sufficiently high for playing a meaningful clinical role. ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE: RAS-mutated rectal cancers have a significantly higher glucose metabolism. However, the accuracy of 18F-FDG PET/CT quantitative metrics is not as such as the technique could play a clinical role. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to scan who: the delicate balance between selecting the patient and selecting the imaging protocol.
Hustinx, Roland ULiege

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2016)

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See detail[18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT imaging of integrin αvβ3 levels in patients with locally advanced rectal carcinoma
WITHOFS, Nadia ULiege; Martinive, Philippe ULiege; VANDERICK, Jean ULiege et al

in European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (2016)

PURPOSE: Our primary objective was to determine if [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT performed at baseline and/or after chemoradiotherapy (CRT) could predict tumour regression grade (TRG) in locally advanced rectal ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Our primary objective was to determine if [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT performed at baseline and/or after chemoradiotherapy (CRT) could predict tumour regression grade (TRG) in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). Secondary objectives were to compare baseline [18F]FPRGD2 and [18F]FDG uptake, to evaluate the correlation between posttreatment [18F]FPRGD2 uptake and tumour microvessel density (MVD) and to determine if [18F]FPRGD2 and FDG PET/CT could predict disease-free survival. METHODS: Baseline [18F]FPRGD2 and FDG PET/CT were performed in 32 consecutive patients (23 men, 9 women; mean age 63 +/- 8 years) with LARC before starting any therapy. A posttreatment [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT scan was performed in 24 patients after the end of CRT (median interval 7 weeks, range 3 - 15 weeks) and before surgery (median interval 4 days, range 1 - 15 days). RESULTS: All LARC showed uptake of both [18F]FPRGD2 (SUVmax 5.4 +/- 1.5, range 2.7 - 9) and FDG (SUVmax 16.5 +/- 8, range 7.1 - 36.5). There was a moderate positive correlation between [18F]FPRGD2 and FDG SUVmax (Pearson's r = 0.49, p = 0.0026). There was a moderate negative correlation between baseline [18F]FPRGD2 SUVmax and the TRG (Spearman's r = -0.37, p = 0.037), and a [18F]FPRGD2 SUVmax of >5.6 identified all patients with a complete response (TRG 0; AUC 0.84, 95 % CI 0.68 - 1, p = 0.029). In the 24 patients who underwent a posttreatment [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT scan the response index, calculated as [(SUVmax1 - SUVmax2)/SUVmax1] x 100 %, was not associated with TRG. Post-treatment [18F]FPRGD2 uptake was not correlated with tumour MVD. Neither [18F]FPRGD2 nor FDG uptake predicted disease-free survival. CONCLUSION: Baseline [18F]FPRGD2 uptake was correlated with the pathological response in patients with LARC treated with CRT. However, the specificity was too low to consider its clinical routine use. [less ▲]

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See detailFDG PET/CT texture analysis for predicting the outcome of lung cancer treated by stereotactic body radiation therapy.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULiege; Janvary, Zsolt Levente; COUCKE, Philippe ULiege et al

in European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (2016)

INTRODUCTION: With 18F-FDG PET/CT, tumor uptake intensity and heterogeneity have been associated with outcome in several cancers. This study aimed at investigating whether 18F-FDG uptake intensity, volume ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: With 18F-FDG PET/CT, tumor uptake intensity and heterogeneity have been associated with outcome in several cancers. This study aimed at investigating whether 18F-FDG uptake intensity, volume or heterogeneity could predict the outcome in patients with non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) treated by stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). METHODS: Sixty-three patients with NSCLC treated by SBRT underwent a 18F-FDG PET/CT before treatment. Maximum and mean standard uptake value (SUVmax and SUVmean), metabolic tumoral volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), as well as 13 global, local and regional textural features were analysed. The predictive value of these parameters, along with clinical features, was assessed using univariate and multivariate analysis for overall survival (OS), disease-specific survival (DSS) and disease-free survival (DFS). Cutoff values were obtained using logistic regression analysis, and survivals were compared using Kaplan-Meier analysis. RESULTS: The median follow-up period was 27.1 months for the entire cohort and 32.1 months for the surviving patients. At the end of the study, 25 patients had local and/or distant recurrence including 12 who died because of the cancer progression. None of the clinical variables was predictive of the outcome, except age, which was associated with DFS (HR 1.1, P = 0.002). None of the 18F-FDG PET/CT or clinical parameters, except gender, were associated with OS. The univariate analysis showed that only dissimilarity (D) was associated with DSS (HR = 0.822, P = 0.037), and that several metabolic measurements were associated with DFS. In multivariate analysis, only dissimilarity was significantly associated with DSS (HR = 0.822, P = 0.037) and with DFS (HR = 0.834, P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: The textural feature dissimilarity measured on the baseline 18F-FDG PET/CT appears to be a strong independent predictor of the outcome in patients with NSCLC treated by SBRT. This may help selecting patients who may benefit from closer monitoring and therapeutic optimization. [less ▲]

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See detail18FDG-PET/CT IMAGING IN SUSPECTED ACUTE RENAL ALLOGRAFT REJECTION
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULiege; WEEKERS, Laurent ULiege; BOVY, Christophe ULiege et al

Conference (2015, September 13)

The diagnosis procedure for kidney transplant recipients (KTR) with suspected acute rejection (AR) relies on needle biopsy. Noninvasive tests to predict nonrejection would be preferable. AR is associated ... [more ▼]

The diagnosis procedure for kidney transplant recipients (KTR) with suspected acute rejection (AR) relies on needle biopsy. Noninvasive tests to predict nonrejection would be preferable. AR is associated with a recruitment of activated leukocytes into the transplant, which are characterized by a high metabolic activity and an increased uptake of glucose analog, Fluoro-deoxyglucose ( FDG). Thus, FDG-Positron emission tomography coupled with computed tomography (PET/CT) may help noninvasively distinguish nonrejection from AR. From January 2013 to February 2015, we prospectively performed 32 FDGPET/ CT in 31 adult KTR with suspected renal AR who underwent a biopsy. Biopsies were categorized as “normal”, “borderline”, “AR” or “others” according to Banff classification. PET/CT imaging was performed within 201 ± 18 minutes after i.v. administration of 3.2 ± 0.2 MBq/kg of FDG, before any modification of immunosuppression. The mean standard uptake values (SUV) of both upper and lower renal poles were measured, with no threshold activity. Biopsies were diagnosed as “normal”, “borderline”, “AR” or “others” in 8, 10, 8 and 6 (including 3 polyoma-BK nephropathies) cases. Mean SUV respectively reached 1.5 ± 0.2, 1.6 ± 0.3, 2.9 ± 0.8, 2.2 ± 1.2 in each category. Mean SUV of biopsy-proven AR was significantly higher than “normal” cases (p<0.01). No difference was found between “normal” vs. “borderline”, or between “AR” vs. “others” histopathology. Still, a positive correlation between mean SUV and acute composite (g+i+t+v+ptc) Banff score was found, with a coefficient of 0.70 (p<0.001). Sensitivity and specificity of FDG-PET/CT in detecting pathological biospies were respectively 92.3% and 36.8%, with a mean SUV threshold at 1.4. FDG-PET/CT imaging may help discriminate nonrejection, thereby avoiding unnecessary transplant biopsy in KTR with suspected AR. [less ▲]

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See detailRecovery of language comprehension in the minimally conscious state studied by FDG-PET
Wannez, Sarah ULiege; Thibaut, Aurore ULiege; Vitali-Roscini, Gaia et al

Poster (2015, June 21)

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See detailImagerie métabolique en oncologie thoracique
DUYSINX, Bernard ULiege; HUSTINX, Roland ULiege

in EMC Pneumologie (2015), 12(2),

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See detailPrognostic value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in liver transplantation for hepatocarcinoma.
Detry, Olivier ULiege; Govaerts, Laurence; De Roover, Arnaud ULiege et al

in World journal of gastroenterology : WJG (2015), 21(10), 3049-54

AIM: To evaluate the prognostic value of pretreatment FDG positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT) in patients with hepatocarcinoma treated by liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: The ... [more ▼]

AIM: To evaluate the prognostic value of pretreatment FDG positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT) in patients with hepatocarcinoma treated by liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed the data of 27 patients (mean age 58 +/- 9 years) who underwent FDG PET-CT before LT for hepatocarcinoma. Mean follow-up was 26 +/- 18 mo. The FDG PET/CT was performed according to a standard clinical protocol: 4 MBqFDG/kg body weight, uptake 60 min, low-dose non-enhanced CT. The authors measured the SUVmax and SUVmean of the tumor and the normal liver. The tumor/liver activity ratios (RSUVmax and RSUVmean) were tested as prognostic factors and compared to the following conventional prognostic factors: MILAN, CLIP, OKUDA, TNM stage, alphafoetoprotein level, portal thrombosis, size of the largest nodule, tumor differentiation, microvascular invasion, underlying cirrhosis and liver function. RESULTS: Overall and recurrence free survivals were 80.7% and 67.4% at 3 years, and 70.6% and 67.4% at 5 years, respectively. According to a multivariate Cox model, only FDG PET/CT RSUVmax predicted recurrence free survival. Even though the MILAN criteria alone were not predictive, it is worth noting that none of the patients outside the MILAN criteria and with RSUVmax < 1.15 relapsed. CONCLUSION: FDG PET/CT with an RSUVmax cut-off value of 1.15 is a strong prognostic factor for recurrence and death in patients with HCC treated by LT in this retrospective series. Further prospective studies should test whether this metabolic index should be systematically included in the preoperative assessment. [less ▲]

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See detail18F-FPRGD2 PET/CT imaging of integrin αvβ3 in renal carcinomas: Correlation with histopathology
WITHOFS, Nadia ULiege; SIGNOLLE, NICOLAS; SOMJA, Joan ULiege et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2015)

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See detailChallenges for imaging and therapy of musculoskeletal tumours
COOK, GARY; HUSTINX, Roland ULiege

in Clinical and Translational Imaging (2015)

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See detailBiodistribution and radiation dosimetry for the novel SV2A radiotracer [18F]UCB-H: First-in-human study.
Bretin, Florian ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege; BERNARD, Claire ULiege et al

in Molecular Imaging & Biology (2015), 17

Abstract- [18F]UCB-H is a novel radiotracer with a high affinity for SV2A, a protein expressed in synaptic vesicles. SV2A is the binding site of levetiracetam, a “first in class” antiepileptic drug with a ... [more ▼]

Abstract- [18F]UCB-H is a novel radiotracer with a high affinity for SV2A, a protein expressed in synaptic vesicles. SV2A is the binding site of levetiracetam, a “first in class” antiepileptic drug with a distinct but still poorly understood mechanism of action. The objective of this study was to determine the biodistribution and radiation dosimetry of [18F]UCB-H in a human clinical trial and to establish injection limits according to biomedical research guidelines. Additionally, the clinical radiation dosimetry results were compared to estimations in previously published preclinical data. Dynamic whole body PET/CT imaging was performed over approximately 110 minutes on five healthy male volunteers after injection of 144.5 ± 7.1 MBq (range, 139.1 – 156.5 MBq) of [18F]UCB-H. Major organs were delineated on CT images and time-activity curves were obtained from co-registered dynamic PET emission scans. Time-integrated activity coefficients were calculated as area under the curve using trapezoidal numerical integration. Urinary excretion data based on PET-activities including voiding was simulated using the dynamic bladder module of OLINDA/EXM. The radiation dosimetry was calculated using OLINDA/EXM. The effective dose to the OLINDA/EXM 70 kg standard male was 1.54E-02 ± 6.84E-04 mSv/MBq, with urinary bladder wall, gallbladder wall and the liver receiving the highest absorbed dose. The brain, the tracer’s main organ of interest, received an absorbed dose of 1.89E-02 ± 2.32E-03 mGy/MBq. This first human dosimetry study of [18F]UCB-H indicated that the tracer shows similar radiation burdens to widely used common clinical tracers. Single injections of at maximum 672 MBq for USA practice and 649 MBq for European practice keep radiation exposure below recommended limits. Recently published preclinical dosimetry data extrapolated from mice provided satisfactory prediction of total body and effective dose, but showed significant differences in organ absorbed doses compared to human data. [less ▲]

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See detail(Tissue PET) vascularmetabolic imaging and peripheral plasma biomarkers in the evolution of chronic aortic dissections
SAKALIHASAN, Natzi ULiege; NIENABER, Christoph; HUSTINX, Roland ULiege et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2015)

Enhanced FDG uptake may be considered as a complementary imaging marker associated with secondary complications in type B dissections. During follow-up, aneurysmal progression is related to PET/CT and ... [more ▼]

Enhanced FDG uptake may be considered as a complementary imaging marker associated with secondary complications in type B dissections. During follow-up, aneurysmal progression is related to PET/CT and biomarkers of thrombus renewal and lysis. [less ▲]

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See detail18F-FDG PET Uptake Characterization Through Texture Analysis: Investigating the Complementary Nature of Heterogeneite and Functional Tumor Volume in a Multi-Cancer Site Patient Cohort
HATT, MAT; MAJDOUB, MOHAMED; VALLIERES, MARTIN et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2015), 56(1), 38-44

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See detailCirculating miRNA signature of PET-positive abdominal aortic aneurysms: new potential predictors of rupture
Courtois, Audrey ULiege; Nusgens, Betty ULiege; HUSTINX, Roland ULiege et al

in Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (2015)

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See detail18F-FDG PET/CT in the Management of Aortitis.
Bruls, Samuel; Courtois, Audrey ULiege; Nusgens, Betty ULiege et al

in Clinical nuclear medicine (2015)

BACKGROUND: Aortitis is a generic term defined as an inflammatory condition involving the aortic wall, of infectious or noninfectious origin. This inflammatory process may deteriorate the aortic wall ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Aortitis is a generic term defined as an inflammatory condition involving the aortic wall, of infectious or noninfectious origin. This inflammatory process may deteriorate the aortic wall, resulting in potentially life-threatening vascular complications. Therefore, it is important to establish a diagnosis as early as possible. PATIENTS AND METHODS: During a 4-year period, 428 consecutive patients referred to our department for aortic diseases underwent FDG PET/CT examinations. Among these, 18 patients (4.2%) were suspected to have aortitis. All of them had an initial positive FDG PET/CT uptake occurring in the aorta and major branches as evaluated by visual analysis of images and assessed with the final diagnosis of aortitis. During follow-up, after surgery and/or upon immunosuppressive treatment, each of these patients underwent a second PET/CT that was compared with the initial evaluation. In all cases, normalization of FDG uptake was correlated with clinical improvement. CONCLUSIONS: Our study aimed to illustrate the potential clinical value of functional monitoring with PET/CT in the management of aortitis. FDG PET/CT constitutes a valuable imaging modality to establish an early diagnosis, monitor disease progression and treatment, and evaluate vascular complication and relapse. We highlight the importance of an early detection of inflammatory large-vessel pathology, which may represent a major threat. [less ▲]

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