Heart and Vessels

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 179–183

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography improves diagnostics of inflammatory arteritis

  • Knut Kröger
  • Gerald Antoch
  • Mathias Goyen
  • Lutz S. Freudenberg
  • Patrick Veit
  • Ilse Janicke
  • Andreas Bockisch
  • Michael Forsting
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DOI: 10.1007/s00380-004-0808-2

Cite this article as:
Kröger, K., Antoch, G., Goyen, M. et al. Heart Vessels (2005) 20: 179. doi:10.1007/s00380-004-0808-2

Abstract

Based on the unique property of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose, localization and follow-up of hypermetabolic processes is possible with positron emission tomography (PET). The dual-modality PET/computed tomography (CT) systems provide intrinsically fused morphologic and functional data in a single examination. We report on two patients with inflammatory aortitis and positive PET/CT findings. A 57-year-old woman with an inflammatory process involving the thoracolumbal aorta with an aneurysm and a 48-year-old woman with an aneurysm of the thoracic aorta and pronounced fluorodeoxyglucose-uptake. The advantages in differentiation of vessel wall structures compared with PET or CT alone are pointed out.

Key words

Positron emission tomography Positron emission tomography/computed tomography Inflammation Aneurysm Aorta 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Knut Kröger
    • 1
  • Gerald Antoch
    • 2
  • Mathias Goyen
    • 2
  • Lutz S. Freudenberg
    • 3
  • Patrick Veit
    • 2
  • Ilse Janicke
    • 4
  • Andreas Bockisch
    • 3
  • Michael Forsting
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AngiologyUniversity Hospital EssenHufelandstrasse 55EssenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyUniversity Hospital EssenEssenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity Hospital EssenEssenGermany
  4. 4.Department of Cardiology and AngiologyKaiser-Wilhelm HospitalDuisburgGermany

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