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Indian J Nucl Med. 2019 Jul-Sep;34(3):183-187. doi: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_45_19.

Evaluation of Positron Emission Tomography and Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography Scan in Nodal Staging of Early Operable Uterine Cancers.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.



In early operable stages of cervical an endometrial malignancies, surgical staging of lymph nodes is advocated as contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) has limited sensitivity and accuracy. Although fluorine-18 (F-18) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)/positron emission tomography (PET)-CT has potential to identify subcentimeter-sized nodal metastases, higher prevalence of pelvic inflammatory disease in developing countries could result in lower accuracy. The present study was undertaken to assess the incremental value of PET scan over CECT for nodal staging before radical surgery.


Forty-four patients with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Stage IA2-IIb carcinoma cervix and 28 patients of FIGO Stage I-II carcinoma endometrium underwent F-18 FDG-PET-CECT scan. A SUVmax value >2.5 g/ml based on body weight was considered as positive. An enhancing node with >1 cm size in the shortest dimension, with loss of fatty hilum was considered positive on CT images. The histological findings were considered the gold standard against which the two modalities were compared.


All 1226 pelvic nodes were dissected, of which 65 were found to be metastatic (i.e., 5.3%). Of the 72 patients, 15 (20.83%) had pelvic nodal metastases. The overall accuracy of PET and CECT for assessment of pelvic nodal metastases was comparable (i.e., 86% vs. 85%).


PET and CECT scans have similar accuracy in pelvic nodal staging of operable uterine malignancies. Granulomatous inflammation may not be a major cause of false-positive results. The sensitivity and negative predictive values are not high enough to obviate need of surgical nodal staging.


Carcinoma cervix; contrast-enhanced computed tomography; endometrial carcinoma; fluorodeoxyglucose/positron emission tomography-computed tomography scan

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