18F-FDG PET/CT for Early Postradiotherapy Assessment in Solitary Bone Plasmacytomas

Pierpaolo Alongi, Lucia Zanoni, Elena Incerti, Federico Fallanca, Paola Mapelli, Nikolaos Papathanasiou, Luigi Gianolli, Maria Picchio, Jamshed Bomanji

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance and possible prognostic value of early 18F-FDG PET/CT (FDG PET/CT) assessment after radiotherapy (RT) in patients with solitary bone plasmacytoma (SBP). Methods Twenty-one patients affected by SBP who underwent FDG PET/CT scan for early restaging (≤6 months) postradiotherapy assessment were selected from the PET databases of University College London Hospital of London and San Raffaele Hospital of Milan. Patients with no abnormal uptake were classified as having no pathologic uptake (NPU). A SUVmax cutoff value of 4 was chosen to discriminate minimal residual uptake (MRU; SUVmax ≤ 4) from pathologic uptake (PU, SUVmax >4). Progression-free survival (PFS) rate was estimated using Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox regression analysis. Results In 10 of 21 patients restaged by FDG PET/CT, further previous baseline scan was available also at staging, and results showed positive findings at the level of all biopsy-proven disease areas. Considering MRU as PU, FDG PET/CT showed a sensitivity and specificity of 86% and 29%, respectively. Using SUVmax >4 as the cutoff, sensitivity and specificity were 86% and 93%, respectively. Kaplan-Meier curves revealed a significant difference in PFS probability between patients classified as positive on FDG PET/CT using a cutoff of SUVmax >4 (PU) and those classified as negative (NPU + MRU) (log-rank, Mantel-Cox, P = 0.009; χ2 = 6.85). Cox regression analysis of PFS using SUVmax >4 as cutoff revealed an interesting relation in prediction of progression (HR, 9.458). Conclusion 18F-FDG PET/CT for early restaging after RT in patients with SBP should be considered carefully in view of the lack of specificity of a low SUVmax value. The good correlation between a high SUVmax value and follow-up suggests a possible prognostic role for FDG PET/CT in disease progression at early restaging after RT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e399-e404
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 30 2015


  • PFS
  • Plasmacytoma
  • prognostic role
  • radiotherapy
  • SUV<inf>max</inf>

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)


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