Positron emission tomography/computed tomography as a clinical diagnostic tool for anterior mediastinal tumors

Tatsuaki Watanabe, Hideo Shimomura, Tatsushi Mutoh, Ryoko Saito, Ryoi Goto, Takehiro Yamada, Hirotsugu Notsuda, Yasushi Matsuda, Masafumi Noda, Akira Sakurada, Yasuyuki Taki, Yoshinori Okada

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in the differential diagnosis of anterior mediastinal tumors. Methods: A total of 94 patients with anterior mediastinal masses or nodules (male, n = 41; female, n = 53; age, 17–84 years) were retrospectively evaluated. All patients were evaluated by PET/CT and the masses or nodules were histologically diagnosed in our institution. Results: Anterior mediastinal masses and nodules were classified into two disease categories: Low (thymic hyperplasia, thymoma, mature teratoma, and MALT lymphoma) and High (thymic carcinoid, thymic cancer, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and malignant germ cell tumors) groups. The sensitivity and specificity of maximum standardized uptake value (SUV max ) 7.5 for the detection of High group were 77% and 100%, respectively. The SUV max distributions of the WHO histological thymoma types and Masaoka stage thymomas extensively overlapped. Masaoka stage III thymomas had significantly higher SUV max than Masaoka stage I thymomas. Regarding the TNM classification, the SUV max of T3 and T1b thymomas was higher than T1a thymoma. Conclusion: Although the SUVmax of each disease overlapped, PET/CT findings provided useful information for the differential diagnosis of anterior mediastinal masses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalSurgery Today
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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