No needle to fear: An approach to needle phobic patients

Hudswell, Lauren and Pinson, Jo-Anne and Ramdave, Shakher and Bradley, Jason (2020) No needle to fear: An approach to needle phobic patients. Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Biology, 8 (2). pp. 160-163.

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18F-FDG is the most commonly used radioisotope in PET scanning and is administered intravenously. When patients cannot cannulated, there are limited options available for functional tumour assessment. A fifty year old male presented for investigation of a suspected lung carcinoma identified during investigation of pneumonia. The patient had a severe needle phobia, intellectual disabilities and multiple co-morbidities which made cannulation impossible. An alternative administration method was sought, with successful oral administration occurring in both staging and restaging scans. The scans demonstrated resolution of a suspected lung cancer indicating it was an inflammatory/infective process, preventing the need for more invasive investigative approaches. A non-invasive and positive experience allowed for accurate diagnosis and repeat imaging for this patient, enabling follow up imaging to occur. It is reported that oral administration of 18F-FDG may be useful for assessment of suspected cancers for patients where cannulation isn’t possible, when limitations are taken into consideration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 18F-FDG,oral administration,Non-invasive
Subjects: WN Radiology . Diagnostic Imaging
Divisions: Journals > Asia Oceania J Nuclear Medicine & Biology
Depositing User: AOJNMB AOJNMB
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2020 08:44
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020 08:44

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