Purpose: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the added diagnostic value of respiratory-gated 4D18F–FDG PET/CT in liver lesion detection and characterization in a European multicenter retrospective study. Methods: Fifty-six oncological patients (29 males and 27 females, mean age, 61.2 ± 11.2 years) from five European centers, submitted to standard 3D–PET/CT and liver 4D–PET/CT were retrospectively evaluated. Based on visual analysis, liver PET/CT findings were scored as positive, negative, or equivocal both in 3D and 4D PET/CT. The impact of 4D–PET/CT on the confidence in classifying liver lesions was assessed. PET/CT findings were compared to histology and clinical follow-up as standard reference and diagnostic accuracy was calculated for both techniques. At semi-quantitative analysis, SUVmax was calculated for each detected lesion in 3D and 4D–PET/CT. Results: Overall, 72 liver lesions were considered for the analysis. Based on visual analysis in 3D–PET/CT, 32/72 (44.4%) lesions were considered positive, 21/72 (29.2%) negative, and 19/72 (26.4%) equivocal, while in 4D–PET/CT 48/72 (66.7%) lesions were defined positive, 23/72 (31.9%) negative, and 1/72 (1.4%) equivocal. 4D–PET/CT findings increased the confidence in lesion definition in 37/72 lesions (51.4%). Considering 3D equivocal lesions as positive, sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 88.9, 70.0, and 83.1%, respectively, while the same figures were 67.7, 90.0, and 73.8% if 3D equivocal findings were included as negative. 4D–PET/CT sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 97.8, 90.0, and 95.4%, respectively, considering equivocal lesions as positive and 95.6, 90.0, and 93.8% considering equivocal lesions as negative. The SUVmax of the liver lesions in 4D–PET (mean ± SD, 6.9 ± 3.2) was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than SUVmax in 3D–PET (mean ± SD, 5.2 ± 2.3). Conclusions: Respiratory-gated PET/CT technique is a valuable clinical tool in diagnosing liver lesions, reducing 3D undetermined findings, improving diagnostic accuracy, and confidence in reporting. 4D–PET/CT also improved the quantification of SUVmax of liver lesions.
Crivellaro, C., De Ponti, E., Elisei, F., Morzenti, S., Picchio, M., Bettinardi, V., et al. (2018). Added diagnostic value of respiratory-gated 4D 18F–FDG PET/CT in the detection of liver lesions: a multicenter study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING, 45(1), 102-109 [10.1007/s00259-017-3795-0].
|Citazione:||Crivellaro, C., De Ponti, E., Elisei, F., Morzenti, S., Picchio, M., Bettinardi, V., et al. (2018). Added diagnostic value of respiratory-gated 4D 18F–FDG PET/CT in the detection of liver lesions: a multicenter study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING, 45(1), 102-109 [10.1007/s00259-017-3795-0].|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||Si|
|Titolo:||Added diagnostic value of respiratory-gated 4D 18F–FDG PET/CT in the detection of liver lesions: a multicenter study|
|Autori:||Crivellaro, C; De Ponti, E; Elisei, F; Morzenti, S; Picchio, M; Bettinardi, V; Versari, A; Fioroni, F; Dziuk, M; Tkaczewski, K; Ahond-Vionnet, R; Nodari, G; Todde, S; Landoni, C; Guerra, L|
CRIVELLARO, CINZIA (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Rivista:||EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00259-017-3795-0|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|
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