Clinical experience with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanine scintigraphy in pediatric neuroblastoma: complementary roles in follow-up of patients

Tae Young Gil, Do Kyung Lee, Jung Min Lee, Eun Sun Yoo, Kyung-Ha Ryu
Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2014, 57 (6): 278-86

PURPOSE: To evaluate the potential utility of (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanine ((123)I-MIBG) scintigraphy and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) for the detection of primary and metastatic lesions in pediatric neuroblastoma (NBL) patients, and to determine whether (18)F-FDG PET is as beneficial as (123)I-MIBG imaging.

METHODS: We selected 8 NBL patients with significant residual mass after operation and who had paired (123)I-MIBG and (18)F-FDG PET images that were obtained during the follow-up. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical charts and the findings of 45 paired scans.

RESULTS: Both scans correlated relatively well with the disease status as determined by standard imaging modalities during follow-up; the overall concordance rates were 32/45 (71.1%) for primary tumor sites and 33/45 (73.3%) for bone-bone marrow (BM) metastatic sites. In detecting primary tumor sites, (123)I-MIBG might be superior to (18)F-FDG PET. The sensitivity of (123)I-MIBG and (18)F-FDG PET were 96.7% and 70.9%, respectively, and their specificity were 85.7% and 92.8%, respectively. (18)F-FDG PET failed to detect 9 true NBL lesions in 45 follow-up scans (false negative rate, 29%) with positive (123)I-MIBG. For bone-BM metastatic sites, the sensitivity of (123)I-MIBG and (18)F-FDG PET were 72.7% and 81.8%, respectively, and the specificity were 79.1% and 100%, respectively. (123)I-MIBG scan showed higher false positivity (20.8%) than (18)F-FDG PET (0%).

CONCLUSION: (123)I-MIBG is superior for delineating primary tumor sites, and (18)F-FDG PET could aid in discriminating inconclusive findings on bony metastatic NBL. Both scans can be complementarily used to clearly determine discrepancies or inconclusive findings on primary or bone-BM metastatic NBL during follow-up.

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