Clinical Nuclear Medicine

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Clinical Nuclear Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e31829959ce
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Focal Thoracic Uptake Mimicking Lung Metastasis on 131I Post-Therapy Whole-Body Scan in Patients With Thyroid Carcinoma

Jia, Changping MD, PhD; Moadel, Renee MD; Freeman, Leonard M. MD

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Abstract: Whole-body 131I scan after total thyroidectomy is important in the evaluation of radioiodine avid metastatic foci in patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma. False-positive uptakes are occasionally seen in the thoracic region which should be evaluated carefully and not mistaken as lung metastases. We report here 2 cases of abnormal focal thoracic uptake, 1 case of a pleuropericardial cyst and 1 case of focal bronchiectasis, that could potentially be confused with lung metastasis. Careful correlation with diagnostic CT and subsequent follow-up studies suggested that these were not metastatic lesions.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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