Molecular Imaging and Biology

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 244–256

2-Deoxy-2-[F-18]fluoro-d-glucose—Positron Emission Tomography of the Head and Neck: An Atlas of Normal Uptake and Variants

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11307-005-4112-z

Cite this article as:
Burrell, S.C. & Van den Abbeele, A.D. Mol Imaging Biol (2005) 7: 244. doi:10.1007/s11307-005-4112-z


In the evaluation of tumors of the head and neck region, positron emission tomography (PET) using 2-deoxy-2-[F-18]fluoro-d-glucose (FDG) is increasingly playing a valuable clinical role. However, assessment of this region can be challenging because of the large number of structures in this area which may demonstrate physiologically increased uptake of FDG. Furthermore, these structures are generally small, and uptake patterns can be quite variable, rendering the head and neck region one of the most difficult areas of the body to assess with FDG-PET. To assist in this endeavor, a pictorial of normal FDG uptake, including commonly encountered variants, is presented.

Key words

PETFDGHead and neck carcinomaImaging atlas

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© Academy of Molecular Imaging 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven C. Burrell
    • 1
    • 3
  • Annick D. Van den Abbeele
    • 2
  1. 1.QE II Health Sciences CentreDalhousie Medical SchoolHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyQE II Health Sciences CentreHalifaxCanada