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FDG PET/MR for the Assessment of Lymph Node Involvement in Lymphoma: Initial Results and Role of Diffusion-Weighted MR
Platzek, I.; Beuthien-Baumann, B.; Ordemann, R.; Maus, J.; Schramm, G.; Kitzler, H. H.; Laniado, M.; Kotzerke, J.; van den Hoff, J.
Rationale and Objectives: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MR) with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) for nodal involvement in malignant lymphoma.
Materials and Methods: Twenty-seven patients with malignant lymphoma (16 men and 11 women; mean age, 45 years) were included in this retrospective study. The patients underwent FDG PET/MR after intravenous injection of FDG (176-357 MBq FDG, 282 MBq on average). Follow-up imaging and histology served as the standard of reference.
Results: One-hundred and twenty-seven (18.1%) of 702 lymph node stations were rated as having lymphoma-involvement based on the standard of reference. One-hundred and twenty-four (17.7%) of 702 lymph node stations were rated as positive by FDG PET/MR. The sensitivity and specificity of FDG PET/MR for lymph node station involvement were 93.8% and 99.4%.
Conclusions: FDG PET/MR is feasible for lymphoma staging and has a high-sensitivity and specificity for nodal involvement in lymphoma. Comparison with PET/CT is necessary to determine whether FDG PET/MR can replace PET/CT for lymphoma staging.
Academic Radiology 21(2014)10, 1314-1319
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