Evaluation of (pre-)malignant colonic abnormalities: endoscopic validation of FDG-PET findings
ABSTRACT The diagnostic accuracy of 2-[18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) for the detection of (pre-)malignant lesions of the colon was compared with that of endoscopy. We selected a cohort of 39 patients [13 females and 26 males; mean age 62.3 years standard deviation (SD) 9.6 years] who underwent both FDG-PET and endoscopy (total of 44 procedures) in a 2-year period with a maximum interval between the examinations of 3 months (mean 30 days, SD 28 days). The underlying pathology was colorectal malignancies (24 patients), other malignancies (nine patients) and other disorders (six patients). Follow-up of resected colorectal cancer was the most common reason for the performance of endoscopy. In 19 patients FDG bowel uptake was interpreted as non-physiological, and in 18 patients abnormal findings (adenomatous polyps >3 mm or carcinoma) were detected by endoscopy. Compared with colonoscopy, FDG-PET had a sensitivity of 74% and specificity of 84%. The positive predictive value of FDG-PET was 78%. FDG-PET failed to detect small (diameter 3-10 mm) polyps in four patients. In nine cases abnormal FDG accumulation on PET imaging was the sole reason for performance of an endoscopic procedure. In these cases, endoscopy detected large adenomatous polyps in four patients and carcinomas in two patients, but no abnormalities were detected on endoscopy in the other three patients. There was a good correlation between the location of FDG uptake and endoscopy-positive lesions. FDG-PET is able to detect clinically relevant lesions of the colon. Our study suggests that it can be regarded as a useful adjunct in the non-invasive follow-up of patients with colorectal carcinomas.
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ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the interpretations of incidental colonic 18F-FDG uptake made by 10 experienced readers and to more clearly identify the pattern of suspicious colonic FDG uptake. The potential contributions of delayed FDG-PET scanning and of immune fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) in making a diagnosis were also analyzed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Visual interpretations by 10 readers were made for 147 FDG uptake sites from 126 PET scans (cancer, 38 sites; adenoma, 43 sites; and no abnormality, 66 sites) with colonic FDG uptake. Assessments for the early FDG-PET images were (1) FDG uptake pattern, (2) FDG uptake degree, and (3) likelihood of malignancy. For the delayed images, the assessments were (1) change in the FDG uptake position, (2) change in FDG uptake degree, and (3) likelihood of malignancy. The results of FOBT were analyzed independently of the visual interpretations. RESULTS: Interobserver agreement (κ) was 0.501 for assessing FDG uptake patterns, while agreement on assessing changes in uptake degree and changes in uptake position between early and delayed imaging were low (κ = 0.213-0.229). Logistic regression analysis indicated that 'FDG uptake patterns' and 'FDG uptake degree' were significantly related to decide on the suspicion of malignancy (p < 0.001) and the final result (p < 0.001). "Small localized" and "large irregular localized" types had a high probability of a lesion regardless of either (1) FDG uptake degree or (2) variation in the uptake between the early and the delayed image. The delayed image decreased false-positive cases for some FDG uptake patterns, but it had little impact on distinguishing clearly between "cancer or adenoma" and "normal". The addition of FOBT had little impact on the diagnosis. CONCLUSION: There was highest agreement among readers with respect to the recognition of specified colonic FDG uptake patterns, and this pattern recognition had the most influence on the diagnosis. "Small localized" and "large irregular localized" types had a high probability of a lesion. The addition of delayed imaging and of FOBT results to the early imaging did not have much impact on the diagnosis.Annals of Nuclear Medicine 03/2013; · 1.41 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Suspicious incidental gastrointestinal FDG uptake during positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) examinations can be caused by different diseases, including malignancies. However, differentiation with PET alone is difficult. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of PET alone, contrast-enhanced CT (ceCT), and low-dose CT (ldCT) in routine PET/CT protocols for differentiation of incidental gastrointestinal lesions. Sixty patients with incidental gastrointestinal lesions who underwent a routine PET/CT protocol with ldCT and ceCT were retrospectively analysed. The PET lesions were evaluated regarding their FDG uptake patterns and the standard uptake value. The anatomical correlates in both CT protocols were compared in regard to the correct lesion classification with the reference standard endoscopy. Sixty-two lesions were found in 60 patients (17 malignant, 10 premalignant, 5 benign, 13 inflammatory, 17 physiological). The differentiation of the FDG uptake patterns did not enable reliable lesion classification. The positive predictive value for pathology was 0.81 for ceCT in PET/CT and 0.70 for ldCT. Malignancies were detected in 100% of the patients by ceCT vs. 29.4% by ldCT. The false negative rate of ceCT for all pathologies was 31.1%, vs. 68.9% for ldCT. False positive results (17/62) could not be excluded sufficiently by either CT protocol. PET/ceCT protocols provide additional benefit especially in detecting gastrointestinal malignancies as a cause of suspicious incidental gastrointestinal FDG uptake. However, since follow-up endoscopy cannot be forgone due to the considerable false negative rate even with ceCT, the addition of ceCT to a routine PET/ldCT protocol cannot be recommended for this purpose.Korean journal of radiology: official journal of the Korean Radiological Society 01/2013; 14(6):951-959. · 1.32 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) is used in the imaging workup of various malignancies. Incidental gastrointestinal observations on FDG PET/CT may be of clinical significance. The aim of the present study was to evaluate endoscopic and histopathological observations in patients referred for colonoscopy due to incidental FDG colonic uptake on a PET/CT study. Fifty-six patients with incidental colonic findings on FDG PET/CT underwent colonoscopy. Normal colonoscopies were observed in 63% of the patients. In 37% of the colonoscopies, we identified an endoscopic observation, including 67% with benign adenomatous polyps, 3% with hyperplastic polyps, 20% with advanced histological lesions and 10% with a malignancy.Oncology letters 02/2014; 7(2):479-482. · 0.24 Impact Factor