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Ann Nucl Med. 2002 May;16(3):207-11.

11C-methionine uptake in cerebrovascular disease: a comparison with 18F-fDG PET and 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.



Carbon-11-L-methyl-methionine (11C-methionine) has been reported to be useful for evaluating brain tumors, but several other brain disorders have also shown signs of high methionine uptake. We retrospectively evaluated the significance of 11C-methionine uptake in cerebrovascular diseases, and also compared our results with those for 18F-FDG PET and 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT.


Seven patients, including 3 patients with a cerebral hematoma and 4 patients with a cerebral infarction, were examined. All 7 patients underwent both 11C-methionine PET and 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT, and 6 of them underwent 18F-FDG PET.


A high 11C-methionine uptake was observed in all 3 patients with cerebral hematoma. Increased 99mTc-HMPAO uptake was observed in 2 out of 3 patients, and all 3 patients had decreased 18F-FDG uptake. Of 4 patients with a cerebral infarction, high 11C-methionine uptake was observed in 3. Increased 99mTc-HMPAO uptake was also observed in one patient, whereas 3 patients had decreased 18F-FDG uptake.


We should keep in mind that high 11C-methionine uptake is frequently observed in cerebrovascular diseases. CVD should therefore be included in the differential diagnosis when encounting patients with a high 11C-methionine uptake.

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