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Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine

2019, vol. 28, nr 8, August, p. 1095–1099

doi: 10.17219/acem/104558

Publication type: original article

Language: English

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Comparing radioactive tracers 18F-FDG and 18F-FLT in the staging of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma by PET/CT examination: A single-center prospective study

Justyna Rybka1,B,C,D,E,F, Bogdan Małkowski2,A,B,C,D,E,F, Monika Olejniczak3,B,C, Ewa Chmielowska3,B,C, Ewelina Sokołowska4,C, Kazimierz Kuliczkowski1,B,E,F, Tomasz Wróbel1,A,B,C,D,E,F

1 Department of Hematology, Blood Neoplasms and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

2 Department of Positron Emission Tomography and Molecular Imagining, Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland

3 Department of Oncology, Oncology Centre, Bydgoszcz, Poland

4 Department of Corporate Finance, University of Gdańsk, Poland


Background. Positron emission tomography in combination with computer tomography (PET/CT) is a very important method of imaging patients with non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs). It is used to define the initial grade of the disease and to assess early response to treatment and after chemotherapy. The most commonly used radioactive tracer is 18F-FDG, but 18F-FLT seems to be more specific.
Objectives. The aim of our study was to compare the staging of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) with PET/CT examination using 18F-FLT and 18F-FDG.
Material and Methods. The study included 33 patients with newly diagnosed DLBCL (17 women and 16 men). The median age of the patients was 57 years. In each patient, 2 PET/CT examinations were performed before treatment, one using 18F-FLT and the second using 18F-FDG.
Results. The average maximum 18F-FDG uptake in the whole group of patients was higher than the average maximum of 18F-FLT. This was also true of individual patients; however, 3 patients with an aggressive disease course had greater FLT uptake than the other patients.
Conclusion. Our analysis suggests that PET/CT exams using 18F-FLT may be a useful diagnostic tool in patients with DLBCL.

Key words

diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, positron emission tomography, 18F-FLT

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