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Mol Imaging Biol. 2002 Jan;4(1):105-14.

2-deoxy-2-[F-18]fluoro-D-glucose imaging with positron emission tomography for initial staging of Hodgkin's disease and lymphoma.

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  • 1Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA



To assess the accuracy of 2-Deoxy-2-[F-18] Fluoro-D-Glucose positron emission imaging (FDG-PET) for staging Hodgkin's disease (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) compared to conventional staging (CS) and to evaluate the impact on patient management.


Forty-five consecutive patients with lymphoma underwent whole-body FDG-PET imaging for initial staging. Discordant lesions were verified with biopsy or clinical follow-up. The impact on staging and management was reviewed retrospectively.


A total of 129 sites of disease were identified, and 88 of those were concordant. FDG-PET and conventional staging demonstrated 24 and 17 additional sites, respectively. FDG-PET correctly upstaged five patients and down-staged two patients (16% total), leading to a change in therapy in 6/45 (13%) patients. However, FDG-PET understaged three patients (7%), correctly staged by conventional staging modalities. Assuming that the addition of FDG-PET to conventional staging modalities is 100% accurate for staging lymphoma, the accuracy of FDG-PET alone was 91%, compared to 84% for conventional staging modalities.


FDG-PET is a noninvasive and efficient imaging modality for staging patients with lymphoma and should be used in conjunction with conventional staging modalities, as they appear complementary.


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