The new EANM paediatric dosage card: additional notes with respect to F-18
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The previously published European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) paediatric dosage card recommends 70 MBq F-18 or F-18 Fluoro-2-Deoxyglucose (F-18-FDG) as the “minimum recommended activity”.
Two recent publications demonstrate that when utilising F-18-labelled radiopharmaceuticals the administration of lower activities for small children is possible without losing image quality.
In the light of these findings the EANM dosimetry and paediatrics committee have decided to reduce the value for the “minimum recommended activity” for both F-18 and F-18-FDG to 26 MBq for 2D- and 14 MBq for 3D-acquisitions.
KeywordsPaediatrics Dosimetry Diagnostic procedures Nuclear medicine Radionuclide
The European Association has written and approved guidelines to promote the use of nuclear medicine procedures with high quality. These general recommendations cannot be applied to all patients in all practice settings. The guidelines should not be deemed inclusive of all proper procedures and exclusive of other procedures reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. The spectrum of patients seen in a specialised practice setting may be different than a spectrum usually seen in a more general setting. The appropriateness of a procedure will depend in part on the prevalence of disease in the patient population. In addition resources available to care for patients may vary greatly from one European country or one medical facility to another. For these reasons, guidelines cannot be rigidly applied.
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