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Dynamic O-(2-18F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine positron emission tomography differentiates brain metastasis recurrence from radiation injury after radiotherapy

The aim of the study was to investigate the potential of dynamic O-(2-[18F]fluoroethyl)-Ltyrosine (18F-FET) PET for differentiating local recurrent brain metastasis from radiation injury after radiotherapy since contrast-enhanced MRI often remains inconclusive.

Sixty-two patients (mean age, 55 ± 11 y) with single or multiple contrast-enhancing brain lesions (n = 76) on MRI after radiotherapy of brain metastases (predominantly stereotactic radiosurgery) were investigated with dynamic 18F-FET PET. Maximum and mean tumor-to-brain ratios (TBRmax, TBRmean) of 18F-FET uptake were determined (20-40 min postinjection) as well as tracer uptake kinetics (ie, time-to-peak and slope of time-activity curves) Diagnoses were confirmed histologically (34%; 26 lesions in 25 patients) or by clinical follow-up (66%; 50 lesions in 37 patients). Diagnostic accurancies of PET parameters for the correct identification of recurrent brain metastasis were evaluated by receiver-operating-characteristic analyses or the chi-square test.

TBRs were significantly higher in recurrent metastases (n = 36) than in radiation injuries (n = 40) (TBRmax 3.3 ± 1.0 vs 2.2 ± 0.4, P < .001; TBRmean 2.2 ± 0.4 vs 1.7 ± 0.3, P < .001). The highest accuracy (88%) for diagnosing local recurrent metastasis could be obtained with TBRs in combination with the slope of time-activity curves (P < .001).

Galldiks 2017


The results of this study confirm previous preliminary observations that the combined evaluation of the TBRs of 18F-FET uptake and the slope of time-activity curves can differentiate local brain metastasis recurrence from radiation-induced changes with high accuracy. 18F-FET PET may thus contribute significantly to the management of patients with brain metastases.


Publication:

Ceccon, G., Lohmann, P., Stoffels, G., Judov, N., Filss, C. P., Rapp, M., ... Galldiks, N. (2017). Dynamic O-(2-18F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine positron emission tomography differentiates brain metastasis recurrence from radiation injury after radiotherapy. Neuro-Oncology, 19(2). 281-288.


Correspondence to:

Dr. Norbert Galldiks


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