All that glitters is not gold - new reconstruction methods using Deauville criteria for patient reporting

  • Sally F. BarringtonEmail author
  • Tom Sulkin
  • Adam Forbes
  • Peter W. M. Johnson
Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir,

We would like to highlight the importance of using EANM Research Ltd. (EARL) compliant reconstructions for assessment of lymphoma response using the Deauville criteria [1] in clinical practice.

The recent review in this journal by Aide et al. reported that only 38% of EARL accredited centres that responded to a survey, were systematically using EARL compliant reconstructions for quantification [2]. This was despite 88% of these centres being research active.

We recently observed an increase in the number of patients with interim PET ‘positive’ scans being treated by a regional haematology multidisciplinary team (MDT) for Hodgkin lymphoma in the UK. This coincided with the adoption of Q.Clear (GE) reconstruction [3] for reporting scans at some PET centres.

An independent review of PET-CT scans from eight of these patients with advanced stage disease planned for treatment using a PET response adapted approach [4] was undertaken at the request of the MDT. Baseline and interim...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KCL and Guy’s and St Thomas’ PET Centre, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging SciencesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Clinical Imaging DepartmentRoyal Cornwall HospitalTruroUK
  3. 3.Haematology DepartmentRoyal Cornwall HospitalTruroUK
  4. 4.Cancer Research UK CentreUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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