Tuesday, September 5, 2023

PET/CT Scans in Renal Carcinoma: Beyond Tumor Staging

 A recent case study involving a 71-year-old male with renal carcinoma demonstrated the incidental detection of giant cell arteritis during 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging. The patient was administered 370 MBq of 18F-FDG for the scan. Increased tracer uptake was observed throughout the aorta, supporting the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis. These findings indicate the potential for PET/CT scans to identify significant co-morbidities, reinforcing the need to thoroughly interpret imaging data.

Citation: Heston, T. F., & Szabo, Z. (2009). Giant cell arteritis on 18F‐FDG PET/CT. Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, 29(5), 382–384. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-097x.2009.00881.x