Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT for staging and assessment of therapy response in aggressive forms of malignant lymphomas

Authors: Lenka Henzlová 1;  Pavel Koranda 1;  Tomáš Papajík 2
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika nukleární medicíny, LF UP a FN Olomouc 1;  Hemato-onkologická klinika, LF UP a FN Olomouc 2
Published in: NuklMed 2016;5:55-61
Category: Review Article


The treatment regimen in patients with lymphoma is selected based on the staging of the disease and prognostic factors, hence imaging methods play a central role in this process. They also have a key role in response assessment. The approach to reading and reporting positron emission tomography (PET) combined with computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with lymphoma should be revised considering advances in recent knowledge about the disease biology and new methods of treatment. The International Harmonization Project (IHP) first published guidelines about the application of PET using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) in lymphoma in 2007. At a conference in Lugano, the panel of experts proposed new recommendations based on the latest findings in 2013. PET/CT is included into staging of patients with 18F-FDG-avid lymphomas according to these recommendations. Biopsy can be omitted in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma by evaluating bone marrow involvement using PET/CT. The Deauville 5-point scale is recommended in response assessment. The standardization of PET/CT methods is mandatory for quantitative analysis and desirable for interpretation in the context of trials.

Key Words:
18F-FDG PET/CT, lymphomas, staging, therapy response, Lugano classification


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