Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 233–239 | Cite as

Prognostic Value of Tumor-to-Blood Standardized Uptake Ratio in Patients with Resectable Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

  • Seunghyeon Shin
  • Kyoungjune Pak
  • In Joo Kim
  • Bum Soo Kim
  • Seong Jang KimEmail author
Original Article



Previously published studies showed that the standard tumor-to-blood standardized uptake value (SUV) ratio (SUR) was a more accurate prognostic method than tumor maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax). This study evaluated and compared prognostic value of positron emission tomography (PET) parameters and normalized value of PET parameters by blood pool SUV in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who received curative surgery.


Seventy-seven patients who underwent curative resection for NSCLC between January 2010 to December 2013 were enrolled in this study. 18Fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) was performed before surgery. The mean standardized uptake value (SUVmean), SUVmax, metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) of each lesion was measured, on the workstation. SURmean, SURmax, and TLGSUR were calculated by dividing each of them by descending aorta SUVmean. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to analyze the effect of age, sex, pathological parameters, and PET parameters on recurrence and death.


In Cox regression analysis, N stage predicted for both recurrence (p < 0.0001) and death (p < 0.0001). SURmax predicted recurrence (p = 0.0014), not death. Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of SURmax was 0.759 with cutoff value 4.004. However, SUVmax, SUVmean, MTV, TLG, SURmean, and TLGSUR predicted neither recurrence nor death.


Among PET parameters, SURmax was the independent predictor of recurrence in NSCLC patients who received curative surgery. N stage was the independent prognostic factor for both recurrence and death. Both parameters could be used to stratify the risk of NSCLC patients.


Fluorodeoxyglucose F18 Positron-emission tomography Prognosis Non-small-cell lung cancer Recurrence Survival 



The manuscript has not been published before or is not under consideration for publication anywhere else and has been approved by all co-authors.

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Conflict of Interest

Seunghyeon Shin, Seong-Jang Kim, In Joo Kim, Kyoungjune Pak and Bum Soo Kim declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Statement

The study was approved by an institutional review board or equivalent and has been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments. All subjects in the study gave written informed consent or the institutional review board waived the need to obtain informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seunghyeon Shin
    • 1
  • Kyoungjune Pak
    • 1
  • In Joo Kim
    • 1
  • Bum Soo Kim
    • 2
  • Seong Jang Kim
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine and Biomedical Research InstitutePusan National University HospitalBusanKorea
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear Medicine and Research Institute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and TechnologyPusan National University Yangsan HospitalYangsanKorea

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