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C-11-Methionine-PET in multiple myeloma: a combined study from two different institutions

Autores: Lapa, C. ; García Velloso, María José; Lückerath, K.; Samnick, S.; Schreder, M. ; Rodríguez Otero, Paula; Schmid, J. S.; Herrmann, K.; Knop, S. ; Buck, A. K.; Einsele, H.; San Miguel Izquierdo, Jesús; Kortüm, K. M.
Título de la revista: THERANOSTICS
ISSN: 1838-7640
Volumen: 7
Número: 11
Páginas: 2956 - 2964
Fecha de publicación: 2017
C-11-methionine (MET) has recently emerged as an accurate marker of tumor burden and disease activity in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). This dual-center study aimed at further corroboration of the superiority of MET as positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for staging and re-staging MM, as compared to F-18-2'-deoxy-2'-fluoro-D-glucose (FDG). 78 patients with a history of solitary plasmacytoma (n=4), smoldering MM (SMM, n=5), and symptomatic MM (n=69) underwent both MET-and FDG-PET/computed tomography (CT) at the University Centers of Wurzburg, Germany and Navarra, Spain. Scans were compared on a patient and on a lesion basis. Inter-reader agreement was also evaluated. In 2 patients, tumor biopsies for verification of discordant imaging results were available. MET-PET detected focal lesions (FL) in 59/78 subjects (75.6%), whereas FDG-PET/CT showed lesions in only 47 patients (60.3%; p<0.01), accordingly disease activity would have been missed in 12 patients. Directed biopsies of discordant results confirmed MET-PET/CT results in both cases. MET depicted more FL in 44 patients (56.4%; p<0.01), whereas in two patients (2/78), FDG proved superior. In the remainder (41.0%, 32/78), both tracers yielded comparable results. Inter-reader agreement for MET was higher than for FDG (kappa=0.82 vs kappa=0.72). This study demonstrates higher sensitivity of MET in comparison to standard FDG to detect intra-and extramedullary MM including histologic evidence of FDG-negative, viable disease exclusively detectable by MET-PET/CT. MET holds the potential to replace FDG as functional imaging standard for staging and re-staging of MM.