Purpose: The objective of this preliminary study was to examine the effects of combined magnetic resonance/positron emission tomography (MR-PET) evaluation in the morphofunctional characterisation of ovarian lesions. Materials and methods: From June 2008 to September 2010, we evaluated 24 patients (mean age 44±10 years; range 24-74) with ovarian lesions incidentally detected on ultrasonography (US) and/or multislice computed tomography (CT). All patients underwent MR imaging of the pelvis and total-body CT-PET. PET and MR images were subsequently fused at postprocessing using specific anatomical criteria. Results were compared with the histological examination. Results: Of the 24 examined lesions, 19 were malignant and five were benign on histological examination. MR, CT-PET and MR-PET sensitivity was 84%, 74% and 94%, respectively and specificity 60%, 80% and 100%, respectively. Positive (PPV) and negative predictive (NPV) values were 93% and 44% for CT-PET, 89% and 50% for MR and 100% and 83% for MR-PET, respectively. Conclusions: Pelvic MR-PET fusion imaging provides advantages in terms of sensitivity and especially specificity compared with MR imaging or CT-PET alone. The added value of this fusion imaging modality lies in combining the benefits of the morphological evaluation provided by MR imaging and the metabolic assessment provided by PET.
|Translated title of the contribution||MR-PET fusion imaging in evaluating adnexal lesions: A preliminary study|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging