Impact of attenuation correction on the accuracy of FDG-PET in patients with abdominal tumors: a free-response ROC analysis.
Hustinx, Roland ; ; et al
in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2000), 27(9), 1365-71
The aim of this study was to evaluate image quality and lesion detectability with and without attenuation correction in patients with abdominal tumors, using a free-response receiver operating ... [more ▼]
The aim of this study was to evaluate image quality and lesion detectability with and without attenuation correction in patients with abdominal tumors, using a free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) methodology. Thirty-four patients with various abdominal tumors were evaluated (11 men, 23 women, median age 48 years). Whole-body emission scans were performed 68 min (35-102 min) after intravenous injection of 4.3 MBq/kg fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). Images were reconstructed using the OS-EM algorithm and corrected for attenuation either using postinjection singles transmission (n=27) or by calculation and body outline (n=7). Total scan duration did not exceed 70 min. Studies were read independently by four observers unaware of any clinical data. The uncorrected (UC) images were systematically read before the attenuation-corrected (AC) images. All studies were given an image quality score ranging from 1 (unreadable) to 5 (excellent). Each focus of increased activity was then localized and given a probability of malignancy using a five-point scale. The average image quality score was similar for both UC and AC images. At the time of the positron emission tomography (PET) scans, 127 lesions (63 liver metastases, 9 retroperitoneal lesions, 50 peritoneal or bowel lesions, and 5 pancreatic carcinomas) were revealed by pathological or correlative studies. The areas under the FROC curves were consistently greater for AC images (range 0.8663-0.8867) than for UC images (range 0.7774 -0.8613). Overall, the difference between the AC images and the UC images was significant (P=0.019). In particular, correction for attenuation increased the sensitivity regardless of the location of the lesions. In conclusion, correction for attenuation significantly improves the diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET for abdominal staging of neoplasms, without impairing the image quality. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 13 (2 ULg)
Dual time point fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography: a potential method to differentiate malignancy from inflammation and normal tissue in the head and neck.
Hustinx, Roland ; ; et al
in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (1999), 26(10), 1345-8
Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) studies imaging FDG PET imaging is used to detect and stage head and neck cancers. However, the variable physiologic uptake of FDG ... [more ▼]
Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) studies imaging FDG PET imaging is used to detect and stage head and neck cancers. However, the variable physiologic uptake of FDG in different normal structures as well as at inflammatory sites may either obscure a tumor focus or be falsely interpreted to represent tumor activity. Twenty-one patients (9 men, 12 women, median age 59) were scanned serially at two time points, one at 70 min (range 47-112) and the second at 98 min (77-142) after the intravenous injection of 4.3 MBq/kg of FDG. The mean interval between emission scans was 28 min (13-49). Transmission scans were performed and regions of interest (ROIs) were overlayed on the fully corrected images. Standardiued uptake values (SUVs) were generated for the cerebellum, tongue, larynx, every lesion, and a matched contralateral site. Follow-up and pathologic studies revealed 18 squamous cell carcinomas and nine inflammatory or infectious lesions. Tumor SUVs were 4.0+/-1.6 (mean +/- SD) for the first scan and 4. 5+/-2.2 for the second scan. Contralateral SUVs were 1.2+/-0.5 and 1. 1+/-0.5 for the two scans. Tumor SUVs increased by 12%+/-12% as compared with a 5%+/-17% decrease for contralateral sites (P<0.05). SUVs for inflammatory sites (2.0+/-0.7 and 2.0+/-0.9), cerebellum (4. 2+/-1.3 and 4.3+/-1.4), tongue (1.8+/-0.4 and 1.9+/-0.5) and larynx (1.5+/-0.6 and 1.5+/-0.6) remained constant over time (+0.6%, +2.8%, +1.4%, and -2.4%; P<0.05 when compared with tumor SUV changes). The ratio tumor/contralateral SUV increased by 23%+/-29% over time while this ratio for inflamed sites increased by only 5%+/-15% (P=0.07). The time interval between scans correlated with increase in SUV for tumors (r=0.55, P<0.05) but not for any of the other ROIs. Separation was superior when studies were performed more than 30 min apart (P<0.05). These preliminary data suggest that dual time point imaging compatible with a clinical study protocol is helpful in differentiating malignant lesions from inflammation and normal tissues, especially when separated by a sufficient time interval. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 18 (1 ULg)
Can the standardized uptake value characterize primary brain tumors on FDG-PET?
Hustinx, Roland ; ; et al
in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (1999), 26(11), 1501-9
The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of measuring the standardized uptake value (SUV) in primary brain tumors on fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET ... [more ▼]
The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of measuring the standardized uptake value (SUV) in primary brain tumors on fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) scans. Two groups of patients were studied. Whole-brain glucose cerebral metabolic rates (wCMRs) and SUVs were obtained in 20 normal subjects. Twenty-seven patients with histology-proven malignant primary CNS tumors (high-grade gliomas n=22, primitive neuroectodermal tumors n=3, ependymomas n=2) were also studied. The degree of FDG uptake was assessed by visual inspection and thereafter regions of interest were placed over the lesion, the contralateral cortex and white matter and the whole brain. Average (avg) and maximum (max) pixel values were determined in each site. Based on these measurements, SUV, tumor to cortex (T/C) and tumor to white matter (T/WM) activity ratios were calculated. There was no correlation between wCMRs (4.55+/-0.36 mg min(-1) 100 g(-1)) and wSUVs (5.41+/-0.43) in the normal subjects (r=0.18, P=0.45). In the second group, 17 lesions were described as definitely and seven as probably malignant. However, SUVs in these tumors and in the contralateral cortex were not significantly different. Although the SUVs were generally higher in the tumor than in the contralateral white matter, there was a significant overlap between the values. The range of the SUVs was wide: 2.54-11.8 for the tumors, 2.98-9.96 for the cortex and 1.87-6.76 for the white matter. SUVs in the normal cortex were negatively correlated with blood glucose level at the time of the injection. SUVs in the whole brain and in the cortex were lower in patients previously treated by irradiation, even months after completion of the treatment. No correlation was detectable between any of the SUVs and the age of the patients, tumor type, time post injection, use of dexamethasone, patient weight, dose injected and visual score. With cutoff levels of 1.5 for T max/WM and 0.6 for T max/C, the sensitivity of the activity ratios was 74% and 96% respectively. In conclusion, SUVs do not correlate with CMRs across subjects and appear to be of limited value in characterizing brain tumors. Visual assessment and measurement of the activity ratios currently remain the most reliable methods of analysis. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 16 (2 ULg)
Clinical evaluation of processing techniques for attenuation correction with 137Cs in whole-body PET imaging.
; ; Hustinx, Roland et al
in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (1999), 40(8), 1257-63
Transmission scanning can be successfully performed with a 137Cs single-photon emitting point source for three-dimensional PET imaging. However, the attenuation coefficients provided by this method are ... [more ▼]
Transmission scanning can be successfully performed with a 137Cs single-photon emitting point source for three-dimensional PET imaging. However, the attenuation coefficients provided by this method are underestimated because of the energy difference between 662- and 511-keV photons, as well as scatter and emission contamination when the transmission data are acquired after injection. The purpose of this study was to evaluate, from a clinical perspective, the relative benefits of various processing schemes to resolve these issues. METHODS: Thirty-eight whole-body PET studies acquired with postinjection singles transmission scans were analyzed. The transmission images were processed and applied to the emission data for attenuation correction. Three processing techniques were compared: simple segmentation (SEG) of the transmission scan, emission contamination subtraction with scaling (ECS) of the resulting data to 511-keV attenuation coefficient values and a hybrid technique performing partial segmentation of some tissue densities on the ECS scan (THR). The corrected emission scans were blindly assessed for image noise, the presence of edge artifacts at the lung-soft-tissue interface and for overall diagnostic confidence using a semiquantitative scoring system. The count densities and the SDs in uniform structures were compared among the various techniques. The observations for each method were compared using a paired t test. RESULTS: The SEG technique produced images that were visually less noisy than the ECS method (P < 0.0001) and the THR technique, but at the expense of increased edge artifacts at the boundaries between the lungs and surrounding tissues. The THR technique failed to eliminate these artifacts compared with the ECS technique (P < 0.0001) but preserved the activity gradients in the hilar areas. The count densities (and thus, the standardized uptake values) were similar among the three techniques, but the SEG method tended to underestimate the activity in the lung fields and in chest tumors (slope = 0.79 and 0.94, respectively). CONCLUSION: For many clinical applications, SEG data remain an efficient method for processing 137Cs transmission scans. The ECS method produced noisier images than the other two techniques but did not introduce artifacts at the lung boundaries. The THR technique, more versatile in complex anatomic areas, allowed good preservation of density gradients in the lungs. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 12 (2 ULg)