Correlation of PUV and SUV in the extremities while using PEM as a high-resolution positron emission scanner

Sania Rahim, Osama Mawlawi, Patricia Fox, Shree Taylor, Richelle Millican, Nancy M. Swanston, J. Elliott Brown, Eric M. Rohren

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Objective: Owing to its unique configuration of two adjustable plate detectors positron emission mammography, or PEM, could theoretically also function as a high-resolution positron emission scanner for the extremities or neck. PEM quantitates its activity via a "PEM uptake value," or PUV, and although its relationship to the standardized uptake value, or SUV, has been demonstrated in the breasts, to our knowledge there are no studies validating PUV in other sites such as the extremities. Materials and methods: This was a retrospective chart review of two separate protocols of a total of 15 patients. The patients all had hypermetabolic lesions in the extremities or neck on imaging with PET/CT and were sent after their PET/CT to PEM for further imaging. Owing to the sequential nature of these examinations no additional radiotracer was administered. Results: Spearman's rank order correlation was calculated between the PUVmax obtained from PEM images, and the SUVmax for all. Spearman's rank order correlation for all sites was 0.42, which is not significantly different from 0 (p = 0.13). When neck lesions were excluded from the group, there was a strong and statistically significant correlation between PUVmax and SUVmax, with Spearman's rank correlation of 0.73, and significantly different from 0 (p = 0.0068). Discussion: The correlation of PUV and SUV in the extremities indicates the potential use of PEM as a semiquantitative, high-resolution positron emission scanner and warrants further investigation, especially in the realms of disease processes that often present in the extremities, such as melanoma, osteomyelitis, and arthritis, as well as playing a role in the imaging of patients with metallic hardware post-limb salvage surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-458
Number of pages6
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • High-resolution positron emission scanner
  • Limb salvage imaging
  • PEM
  • PUV
  • Positron emission mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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