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Reduction of (18)F-FDG Dose in Clinical PET/MR Imaging by Using Silicon Photomultiplier Detectors.

Purpose To determine the level of clinically acceptable reduction in injected fluorine 18 ((18)F) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) dose in time-of-flight (TOF)-positron emission tomography(PET)/magnetic resonance (MR) imaging by using silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) detectors compared with TOF-PET/computed tomography (CT) using Lu1.8Y0.2SiO5(Ce), or LYSO, detectors in patients with different body mass indexes (BMIs). Materials and Methods Patients were enrolled in this study as part of a larger prospective study with a different purpose than evaluated in this study (NCT02316431). All patients gave written informed consent prior to inclusion into the study. In this study, 74 patients with different malignant diseases underwent sequential whole-body TOF-PET/CT and TOF-PET/MR imaging. PET images with simulated reduction of injected (18)F-FDG doses were generated by unlisting the list-mode data from PET/MR imaging. Two readers rated the image quality of whole-body data sets, as well as the image quality in each body compartment, and evaluated the conspicuity of malignant lesions. Results The image quality with 70% or 60% of the injected dose of (18)F-FDG at PET/MR imaging was comparable to that at PET/CT. With 50% of the injected dose, comparable image quality was maintained among patients with a BMI of less than 25 kg/m(2). PET images without TOF reconstruction showed higher artifact scores and deteriorated sharpness than those with TOF reconstruction. Conclusion Sixty percent of the usually injected (18)F-FDG dose (reduction of up to 40%) in patients with a BMI of more than 25 kg/m(2) results in clinically adequate PET image quality in TOF-PET/MR imaging performed by using SiPM detectors. Additionally, in patients with a BMI of less than 25 kg/m(2), 50% of the injected dose may safely be used. (©) RSNA, 2017 Online supplemental material is available for this article.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2017162305

DOI: 10.1148/radiol.2017162305

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