Lymphoma Case 01
PET/CT FINDINGS: There was a tiny lymph node within the right axilla, which demonstrated moderate uptake of radiopharmaceutical. There was a left sided epitrochlear lymph node measuring approximately 1.0 cm that also demonstrated moderate uptake. There were scattered areas of mesenteric lymph nodes with mild to moderate uptake. Finally, there was one of the bilateral inguinal lymph nodes which demonstrated glucose avidity and measured approximately 1.0 cm in diameter.
This is good example of how PET/CT can improve the confidence level of the interpreting physician. Those small areas of involvement might have been overlooked on CT alone given their size and location. By having the fused images available, the interpretation of small or borderline lymph nodes became much more definitive.
Data courtesy of Dr. Todd Blodgett, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Reference: Schiepers C, Filmont JE, Czernin J. PET for staging of Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging 2003;30 Suppl 1:S82-8
* Any of the protocols presented herein are for informational purposes and are not meant to substitute for clinician judgment in how best to use any medical devices. It is the clinician that makes all diagnostic determinations based upon education, learning and experience.