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The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2016 June;60(2):124-38

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Pitfalls in [18F]FDG PET imaging in gynecological malignancies

Miguel HERNANDEZ PAMPALONI, Luca FACCHETTI, Lorenzo NARDO

Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA


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Gynecologic malignancies are the leading causes of cancer in women and they represent about 10 to 20% of all solid tumors. During the past few decades, technological advancements in the detection and staging have gained a pivotal role in all oncological processes, including the gynecological ones. Beyond ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging that are conventionally used for anatomical imaging, [18F]FDG imaging and its hybrid further development as PET/CT has become a crucial tool due of its ability to combine functional metabolic and anatomic information, and the ability to image the entire whole body in a single examination. Since the introduction of integrated hybrid PET/CT systems into clinical practice the accurate analysis of the images has detected a number of limitations and pitfalls. The purpose of this review was to describe in detail the different pitfalls related to the use of [18F]FDG PET/CT in the gynecological malignancies, providing imaging examples and discussing possible ways to avoid misinterpretations.

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