Positive imaging of thymoma by 11C-acetate positron emission tomography

Takashi Ohtsuka, Hiroaki Nomori, Kenichi Watanabe, Tsuguo Naruke, Keiichi Suemasu, Noboru Kosaka, Kimiichi Uno

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Several studies have shown that fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) is not useful for the diagnosis of thymoma. We describe 3 patients with thymoma who underwent both FDG-PET and carbon-11 (11C) acetate (AC)-PET. Although all three thymomas were successfully imaged by AC-PET, one of the thymomas was not imaged by FDG-PET. These results suggest that AC-PET may have a potentially important role in the diagnosis of thymoma. This is the first report of the use of AC-PET for diagnostic imaging of thymoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1132-1134
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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