FDG-PET/CT Imaging of Large Vessel Vasculitis

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Kaya G., Tuncel M.

Acta Medica, vol.53, pp.37-44, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 53
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Name: Acta Medica
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-44


Large vessel vasculitis (LVV) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by inflammation of large and medium-sized blood vessels. When not properly diagnosed and treated, it may lead to severe morbidity due to ischemic events. 18F-florodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT can be helpful in the assessment of disease activity before treatment as well as monitor therapeutic effect or detect relapse of the disease. Proper preparation of the patients before FDG-PET scan and standart interpretation methods are crucial part of the evaluation. New technologies like whole body and digital PET or new PET radiotracers may further increase the clinical value of PET imaging.