18F-FDOPA PET/CT SUV-Derived Indices and Volumetric Parameters Correlation in Patients with Primary Brain Tumors

Agostino Chiaravalloti, Maria Ricci, Andrea Cimini, Francesca Russo, Francesco Ursini, Luca Filippi, Orazio Schillaci

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Abstract

Novel parameters in PET imaging, such as volumetric parameters, are gaining interest in the scientific literature, but the role of dopaminergic tumor volume (DTV) and total lesion F-DOPA activity (TLDA) and the correlation between volumetric and SUV-derived parameters are not well defined yet. One hundred and thirty-three patients that underwent 18F-FDOPA imaging for primary brain tumors were included in this retrospective study. SUV-derived indices were calculated (the occipital region was chosen to generate ratios of tumor SUV) and compared with volumetric parameters. Regression models were applied in univariate analysis and lnSUVmax was positively associated with lnDTV (beta 0.42, p = 0.007), the lnSUVmax ratio was positively associated with lnDTV (beta 0.80, p = 0.011), lnSUVmax was positively associated with lnTLDA (beta 1.27, p < 0.0001), and the lnSUVmax ratio was positively associated with lnTLDA (beta 1.87, p < 0.0001). Our study demonstrates that volumetric uptake parameters in 18F-FDOPA PET/CT are easier to assess in primary brain tumors with higher SUV max and SUV max ratios, and supports the emerging role of volumetric parameters in the data interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCancers
Volume13
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 26 2021

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