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Clinical Nuclear Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e3182708628
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“Hot” Vertebra on 18F-FDG PET Scan: A Case of Vertebral Hemangioma

Nakayama, Michihiro MD; Okizaki, Atsutaka MD, PhD; Ishitoya, Shunta MD; Aburano, Tamio MD, PhD

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Abstract: An 18F-FDG-PET with CT scan was performed to stage a tongue cancer, revealing the hypermetabolic region in the thoracic vertebra. This corresponded to a benign lesion seen on MRIs and CT.

Although these findings suggested a vertebral hemangioma, “hot” vertebra in FDG-PET was atypical. The final diagnosis was confirmed capillary hemangioma by the scopic biopsy and this lesion was no change at 1 year later.

Careful interpretation of metabolic (FDG-PET) and anatomic (CT and MRI) images should be performed to accurately characterize the foci of increased FDG uptake.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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