PET/CT imaging in neuroblastoma

A. Piccardo, E. Lopci, M. Conte, L. Foppiani, A. Garaventa, M. Cabria, G. Villavecchia, S. Fanti, A. Cistaro

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123Iodine-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) scintigraphy is currently the tracer of choice for neuroblastoma (NB). It has high diagnostic accuracy and prognostic value for the assessment of patients after chemotherapy. A positive 123I-MIBG scan is also used for the basis of targeted radionuclide therapy with 131I-MIBG. I-123 MIBG scan however has some limitations which should be taken into account. Moreover the reasons for false negative MIBG results have not been entirely elucidated. Meticulous correlation with radiological examinations and recognition of the normal distribution pattern of 123I-MIBG in children is vital to obtain optimal results. With its technical superiorities, positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) can be successfully introduced into the diagnostic workup of NB. Different PET tracers have been offered for imaging in patients with NB, and the efficacy of this modality has been compared with that of 123I-MIBG scan. Our review aims to analyze the present role of PET/CT imaging and radiopharmaceuticals in NB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalQuarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • 3-Iodobenzylguanidine
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Positron-emission tomography and computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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