Send to

Choose Destination
J Cancer Res Ther. 2019;15(4):842-848. doi: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_855_18.

Relationship between the maximum standardized uptake value of fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography and clinicopathological characteristics in tongue squamous cell carcinoma.

Author information

Department of Radiology, PLA Strategic Support Force Characteristic Medical Center, Beijing, China.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Peking University, Beijing, China.
Department of Neurosurgery, PLA Strategic Support Force Characteristic Medical Center, Beijing, China.
Glasgow College, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China.



Tongue carcinoma is one of the most common oral and maxillofacial malignant tumors worldwide, maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) in 18 F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has been widely used in cancer research; however, there are few systematical reports on the relationship between SUVmax and clinicopathological characteristics in tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC). This study aimed to investigate the relationship between them and whether SUV parameters can predict lymph node metastasis.

Materials and Methods:

PET/CT manifestations and clinicopathological features of 52 patients with TSCC confirmed by pathology were retrospectively analyzed. Single-factor and multiple regression analyses were conducted on possible factors influencing TSCC SUVmax, including sex, age, smoking history, tumor location and size, histological differentiation, and tumor node metastasis (TNM) stages, T stages, and N stages. Diagnostic performance of SUVmax for lymph node metastasis was measured by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, and sensitivity and specificity were determined by Youden's J statistic.


SUVmax was correlated with sex, tumor location and size, and TNM stages, T stages, and N stages (P < 0.05) but was not correlated with histological differentiation, smoking history, and age (P > 0.05). Sex, tumor location, tumor size, and N stage were influencing factors independent of TSCC SUVmax (P < 0.05). TSCC SUVmax had predictive value for lymph node metastasis. When the cutoff value was 6.57, the diagnostic efficiency was the highest, with the sensitivity being 79.2% and the specificity being 85.7%.


SUVmax was higher among male patients with TSCC with posterior tumor location, larger tumor size, and lymph node metastasis, and TSCC SUVmax was important in predicting lymph node metastasis.


18F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose; positron emission tomography and computed tomography; standardized uptake value; tongue squamous cell carcinoma

Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Medknow Publications and Media Pvt Ltd
Loading ...
Support Center