Determination of the unmetabolised (18)F-FDG fraction by using an extension of simplified kinetic analysis method: clinical evaluation in paragangliomas.
Tumours with high (18)F-FDG uptake values on static late PET images do not always exhibit high proliferation indices. These discrepancies might be related to high proportion of unmetabolised (18)F-FDG components in the tissues. We propose a method that enables to calculate different (18)F-FDG kinetic parameters based on a new mathematical approach that integrates a measurement error model. Six patients with diagnosed non-metastatic paragangliomas (PGLs) and six control patients with different types of lesions were investigated in this pilot study using (18)F-FDG PET/CT. In all cases, a whole-body acquisition was followed by four static acquisitions centred over the target lesions, associated with venous blood samplings. We used an extension of the Hunter’s method to calculate the net influx rate constant (K H). The exact net influx rate constant and vascular volume fraction (K i and V, respectively) were subsequently obtained by the method of least squares. Next, we calculated the mean percentages of metabolised (PM) and unmetabolised (PUM) (18)F-FDG components, and the times required to reach 80 % of the amount of metabolised (18)F-FDG (T80%). A test-retest evaluation indicated that the repeatability of our approach was accurate; the coefficients of variation were below 2 % regardless of the kinetic parameters considered. We observed that the PGLs were characterised by high dispersions of the maximum standardised uptake value SUVmax (9.7 ± 11, coefficient of variation CV = 114 %), K i (0.0137 ± 0.0119, CV = 87 %), and V (0.292 ± 0.306, CV = 105 %) values. The PGLs were associated with higher PUM (p = 0.02) and T80% (p = 0.02) values and lower k 3 (p = 0.02) values compared to the malignant lesions despite the similar SUVmax values (p = 0.55). The estimations of these new kinetic parameters are more accurate than SUVmax or K i for in vivo metabolic assessment of PGLs at the molecular level.Lire l‘article