Evaluation of Task-Related Brain Activity: Is There a Role for 18F FDG-PET Imaging?

Agostino Chiaravalloti, Alessandro Micarelli, Maria Ricci, Marco Pagani, Gabriele Ciccariello, Ernesto Bruno, Marco Alessandrini, Orazio Schillaci

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Positron emission tomography (PET) with 2-[18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) has been widely used for the evaluation of cortical glucose metabolism in several neurodegenerative disorders while its potential role in the evaluation of cortical and subcortical activity during a task in the healthy and pathological brain still remains to be a matter of debate. Few studies have been carried out in order to investigate the potential role of this radiotracer for the evaluation of brain glucose consumption during dynamic brain activation. The aim of this review is to provide a general overview of the applications of FDG-PET in the evaluation of cortical activation at rest and during tasks, describing first the physiological basis of FDG distribution in brain and its kinetic in vivo. An overview of the imaging protocols and image interpretation will be provided as well. As a last aspect, the results of the main studies in this field will be summarized and the results of PET findings performed in healthy subjects and patients suffering from various diseases will be reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4762404
JournalBioMed Research International
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Cerebral Cortex/diagnostic imaging
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18/therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases/diagnostic imaging
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Radiopharmaceuticals/therapeutic use


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