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Adrenal Masses of Varied Etiology: Anatomical and Molecular Imaging Features on PET-CT

Sharma, Punit MD; Singh, Harmandeep MD; Dhull, Varun Singh MD; Suman KC, Sudhir MD; Kumar, Abhishek MD; Bal, Chandrasekhar MD; Kumar, Rakesh PhD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e3182a77c72
Atlas Article

A wide spectrum of benign and malignant diseases can present as an adrenal mass. Combined PET-CT is useful for evaluation of adrenocortical and adrenomedullary masses. 18F-FDG has been extensively used as PET radiotracer for this purpose. 18F-FDOPA PET, 68Ga-DOTA peptide (68Ga-DOTANOC/TATE) PET, and 11C-HED PET have also been used for imaging of adrenal medullary lesions, whereas 11C-MTO PET has been used for adrenocortical imaging. We provide a review of imaging characteristics of adrenal gland pathologies on PET-CT using different tracers.

From the Department of Nuclear Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

Received for publication April 23, 2013; revision accepted July 13, 2013.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Rakesh Kumar, PhD, E-81, Ansari Nagar (East), AIIMS Campus, New Delhi 110029, India. E-mail:

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