Sacroiliac joint asymmetry regarding inflammation and bone turnover: Assessment by FDG and NaF PET/CT

Al-zaghal, Abdullah and Yellani, Dani and Kothekar, Esha and Werner, Thomas and Høilund-Carlsen, Poul and Alavi, Abass (2019) Sacroiliac joint asymmetry regarding inflammation and bone turnover: Assessment by FDG and NaF PET/CT. Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Biology, 7 (2). pp. 108-114.

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Objective(s): This study was undertaken to determine the role of computed tomography (CT)-based methodology to segment the SI joint and quantify the metabolic activity using positron emission tomography (PET). We measured tracer uptake in the right and left SI joints independently to look for differences between the two sides. Further, we correlated tracer uptake with BMI and studied the inter-observer variation with regard to estimated tracer uptake in the SI joints. Methods: In this retrospective study, a total of 103 subjects (48 females, 55 males) from the CAMONA study database collected 2012-2016 at Odense University Hospital in Denmark were included. Mean age was 48±14.59 years, mean BMI was 26.68±4.31 kg/m2. The SI joints were segmented on fused PET/CT images using a 3D growing algorithm with adjustable upper and lower Hounsfield Units (HU) thresholds. The metabolic activities on the two sides were correlated with BMI. Results: For FDG, we found a higher average SUVmean on the right side (right: 1.3±0.33, left: 1.13±0.30; P<0.0001). Similarly, for NaF, the uptake was higher on the right side (right: 5.9±1.29, left: 4.27±1.23; P<0.0001). Positive correlations were present between BMI and FDG uptake (P<0.01) as well as NaF uptake (P<0.01). Conclusion: The PET-based molecular imaging probes along with the CT-based segmentation techniques revealed a significant difference in the metabolic activity between the two SI joints with higher inflammation and reactive bone formation on the right side. FDG and NaF uptakes correlated significantly and positively with BMI.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WN Radiology . Diagnostic Imaging
Divisions: Journals > Asia Oceania J Nuclear Medicine & Biology
Depositing User: AOJNMB AOJNMB
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2019 05:25
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2019 05:25

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