VASCULITIS SYNDROMES: Edited by Hasan Yazici and Yusuf YaziciUsefulness of PET in recognizing and managing vasculitidesPipitone, Nicolò A.M.a; Versari, Annibaleb; Salvarani, CarloaAuthor Information aDepartment of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Unit bDepartment of Advanced Technology, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera ASMN, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Reggio Emilia, Italy Correspondence to Professor Carlo Salvarani, Department of Rheumatology, Rheumatology Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Viale Risorgimento, 80, 42123 Reggio Emilia, Italy. Tel: +390522296684; fax: +390522295836; e-mail: Salvarani.firstname.lastname@example.org Current Opinion in Rheumatology: January 2018 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 24-29 doi: 10.1097/BOR.0000000000000459 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The aim of this article was to review the recent contributions to the scoring methods of PET in vasculitis as well as to its role in the diagnostic work-up. Recent findings Both visual and semiquantitative scoring methods can be used to interpret PET scans. PET has been shown to be both sensitive and specific in the diagnosis of large-vessel vasculitis. In addition, it also has a role in predicting vascular complications. Summary There is a need to better standardize the scoring methods used to interpret PET scans. In clinical practice, PET is useful to diagnose untreated individuals with suspected large-vessel vasculitis and contributes to identify patients at risk for vascular complications. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.