PET-CT of Bone Metastases

  • James A. ScottEmail author
  • Edwin L. Palmer


PET-CT is a step forward in the imaging evaluation of osseous metastatic disease. PET imaging alone improves the depiction of bone marrow using 18F-FDG and of bone cortex using 18F-fluoride, as compared with traditional imaging methods, particularly the standard bone scan. The additional of registered CT information on the PET-CT study improves specificity by correlating specific anatomic structures with fluoride or FDG accumulation, and thus establishing a more precise diagnosis. Many benign tracer accumulations, such as those related to osteoarthritic changes and muscle artifact, are readily identifiable on correlative CT images.


Bone Metastasis Osteoblastic Response Standard Bone Osteolytic Tumor Single Photon Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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