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Ann Nucl Med. 2016 Oct;30(8):544-52. doi: 10.1007/s12149-016-1095-6. Epub 2016 Jun 7.

The utility of PET/CT with (68)Ga-DOTATOC in sarcoidosis: comparison with (67)Ga-scintigraphy.

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1
Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Kawaharacho, Shogoin, Sakyoku, Kyoto, 606-8507, Japan.
2
Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, 54 Kawaharacho, Shogoin, Sakyoku, Kyoto, 606-8507, Japan. ynakamo1@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp.
3
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, 606-8057, Japan.
4
Department of Respiratory Care and Sleep Control Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, 606-8057, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was designed to compare the clinical efficacy of (68)Ga-DOTA-Tyr-octreotide (DOTATOC)-positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) with that of conventional (67)Ga-scintigraphy (GS), and to correlate quantitative parameters on DOTATOC-PET/CT with clinical data, in patients with sarcoidosis.

METHODS:

Twenty patients who were histologically and/or clinically diagnosed with sarcoidosis and underwent both DOTATOC-PET/CT and GS were analyzed in this study. The numbers of patients with positive findings for each organ were determined. The total numbers of involved nodal areas in the chest, as determined by DOTATOC-PET and gallium single-photon emission tomography (Ga-SPECT), were compared. The correlations between quantitative parameters on PET and clinical laboratory data were evaluated.

RESULTS:

DOTATOC-PET/CT was positive in 19 patients, being negative in only one patient with chronic inactive sarcoidosis, whereas GS was positive in 17 patients. DOTATOC-PET/CT visualized more lesions in lymph nodes, uvea, and muscles than did Ga-scintigraphy and identified more involved areas than did GS-SPECT (p < 0.0001). Whole-body active lesion volume showed a significant, but moderate correlation with angiotensin-converting enzyme level (ρ = 0.64, p = 0.0044).

CONCLUSIONS:

PET/CT with DOTATOC may be superior to conventional GS in detecting sarcoidosis lesions, especially in lymph nodes, uvea, and muscles. Volumetric parameters in DOTATOC-PET/CT may be helpful in estimating the activity of sarcoidosis.

KEYWORDS:

DOTATOC-PET/CT; Ga-scintigraphy; Sarcoidosis; Somatostatin receptor scintigraphy

PMID:
27272495
DOI:
10.1007/s12149-016-1095-6
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