Quantitative parametric maps of O-(2-[18F]fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine kinetics in diffuse glioma

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Quantitative parametric images of O-(2-[18F]fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine kinetics in diffuse gliomas could be used to improve glioma grading, tumour delineation or the assessment of the uptake distribution of this positron emission tomography tracer. In this study, several parametric images and tumour-to-normal maps were compared in terms of accuracy of region averages (when compared to results from nonlinear regression of a reversible two-tissue compartment plasma input model) and image noise using 90 min of dynamic scan data acquired in seven patients with diffuse glioma. We included plasma input methods (the basis function implementation of the single-tissue compartment model, spectral analysis and Logan graphical analysis) and reference tissue methods (basis function implementations of the simplified reference tissue model, variations of the multilinear reference tissue model and non-invasive Logan graphical analysis) as well as tumour-to-normal ratio maps at three intervals. (Non-invasive) Logan graphical analysis provided volume of distribution maps and distribution volume ratio maps with the lowest level of noise, while the basis function implementations provided the best accuracy. Tumour-to-normal ratio maps provided better results if later interval times were used, i.e. 60–90 min instead of 20–40 min, leading to lower bias (2.9% vs. 10.8%, respectively) and less noise (12.8% vs. 14.4%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-903
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • glioma
  • parametric images
  • quantification
  • tracer kinetics

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