18F-flourodeoxy-glucose PET/computed tomography in brain tumors: Value to patient management and survival outcomes

Rick Arthur Wray, Lilja Solnes, Esther Mena, Avner Meoded, Rathan M. Subramaniam

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18F-flourodeoxy-glucose (FDG) PET/computed tomography (CT) is most useful in the evaluation of primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, important in diagnosis, pretherapy prognosis, and therapy response evaluation. Utility in working up gliomas is less effective, and FDG PET/CT is most helpful when MR imaging is unclear. FDG avidity correlates with the grade of gliomas. FDG PET/CT can be used to noninvasively identify malignant transformation. Establishing this change in the disease process has significant effects on patient management and survival outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-430
Number of pages8
JournalPET Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Brain
  • Cancer
  • Central nervous system neoplasm
  • Patient management
  • PET
  • PET/computed tomography
  • Survival outcomes
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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