Document Type: Original Article
Department of Neurosurgery, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
Department of Neurosurgery, Hokkaido Oono Memorial Hospital, Osaka, Japan
Department of neurosurgery, Kansai Molecular Diagnosis Network for CNS Tumors, Osaka National Hospital, Osaka, Japan
Objective(s): 18F-fluciclovine (trans-1-amino-3-[18F] fluorocyclobutanecarboxylic acid, [FACBC]) is an artificial amino acid radiotracer used for positron emission tomography (PET) studies, which is metabolically stable in vivo and has a long half-life. It has already been shown that FACBC-PET is useful for glioma imaging. However, there have been no reports evaluating the efficiency of FACBC-PET in the diagnosis of brain tumors in comparison with other PET tracers in clinical studies. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of FACBC-PET imaging in glioma diagnosis, compared to l-methyl-11C-methionine (MET)-PET.
Methods: Six consecutive patients (four male, two female), who were clinically suspected of having high- or low-grade glioma, received both FACBC-PET and MET-PET within a two-week interval. T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced, T1-weighted, and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery magnetic resonance imaging was performed to assist with subsequent tissue resection. Visual findings and semi-quantitative analyses of FACBC and MET uptake, using standardized uptake values (SUVs) and lesion-to-contralateral normal brain tissue (LN) ratios, were evaluated to compare PET images.
Results: SUVs for FACBC were lower than those for MET in the non-lesion cerebral cortex, brain stem, and cerebellar hemisphere. There was a weak positive correlation between FACBC and MET uptake in glioma tissue, although L/N ratios for FACBC were higher than those for MET in all the cases.
Conclusion: FACBC-PET showed higher contrast than MET-PET by both visual and semi-quantitative analyses and may therefore provide better assessment for the detection of glioma. This study was registered as clinical trial (No. JapicCTI-132289).