The Use of Breathing Synchronized PET/CT Imaging In the Detection and Quantification of FDG Uptake in Lung Nodules

Status: Completed
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Intervention Type: Other
Study Type: Interventional
Study Phase: Not Applicable

The purpose of this study is to see if researchers can improve the detection of lung cancer by using a new method which will help us to take multiple snapshot images of the lungs while the patient is breathing. We are also investigating whether with the help of this new method we can better measure the actual amount of radioactivity that is taken up by the cancer. The name of this new method is respiratory gated PET/CT. Previous research has shown that PET scans may be useful in investigating whether cancer has spread to other parts of the lung or body. Using our standard method, smaller cancers are sometimes difficult to detect in the lungs because the PET images are taken over several minutes and the patient is breathing during that time. That means the cancer may appear blurred on the images (like a poor photograph) or may not be identified at all. In this study, in addition to the images that were ordered by your doctor, we will take additional images of your lungs while you are following a breathing command (breath in-hold-breath out). We will then compare the images of your cancer during the regular PET study with those taken during the breathing commands. The hypotheses to be tested in this pilot study are: Respiratory gated image acquisition reduces partial volume effects on PET image that may render lung lesions undetectable. Breath-hold CT may detect small lung lesions that are beyond the limit of detection in shallow-breathing CT scans, related to respiratory motion which causes blurring artifacts around smaller lung lesions.

Participation Requirements
Sex: All
Minimum Age: 18
Healthy Volunteers: No

• Age ≥ 18 years old

• Patients must have at least one lung lesion or lung cancer on prior chest Xray or chest CT.

• Sign informed consent. Eligible patients should give their consent at the beginning of the clinical PET scan. Following clinical CT and PET scans, breathhold CT should follow. Then, these breath-hold CT images will be reviewed by one of the investigating physicians to determine if the patient qualifies for the study. If there is a small lesion (< 5 mm) gated PET images will be acquired.

United States
New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York
Time Frame
Start Date: March 2004
Completion Date: December 2009
Target number of participants: 26
Related Therapeutic Areas
Leads: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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