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Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) was developed 18 yr ago for scintigraphic imaging of the adrenomedullary tumors pheochromocytoma and neuroblastoma. Many studies have shown the usefulness of this agent for the management of patients with neuroblastoma or pheochromocytoma, and the 131I-labeled form was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for(More)
Neuroblastoma is an enigmatic disease entity; some tumors disappear spontaneously without any therapy, while others progress with a fatal outcome despite the implementation of maximal modern therapy. However, strong prognostic factors can accurately predict whether children have "good" or "bad" disease at diagnosis, and the clinical stage is currently the(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy of two semi-quantitative scoring systems to assess response to (131)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (mIBG) therapy in recurrent neuroblastoma. PROCEDURES Diagnostic mIBG scan pairs (n = 57) were collected for patients who underwent (131)I-mIBG therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma. Two scoring(More)
Metastatic lesions occur in up to 36% of patients with pheochromocytoma. Currently there is no way to reliably detect or predict which patients are at risk for metastatic pheochromocytoma. Thus, the discovery of biomarkers that could distinguish patients with benign disease from those with metastatic disease would be of great clinical value. Using(More)
A patient who presented with weight loss and recurrent left lower lobe pneumonia was diagnosed with endobronchial carcinoid. Chest CT scan demonstrated extensive mediastinal and hilar lymphadenopathy suggesting stage IIIB disease, but radionuclide imaging with In-111 pentetreotide and F-18 FDG PET diagnosed 2 distinct pathologic processes based on(More)
UNLABELLED Possible incremental diagnostic benefits of SPECT and delayed planar imaging with [123I]MIBG in neuroblastoma have not yet been fully established. METHODS Whole-body delayed planar [123I]MIBG imaging at 48 hr and SPECT imaging of the chest-abdomen or other suspected sites obtained at 24 hr were compared with routine planar imaging at 24 hr in(More)
A robust method is required to standardise objective reporting of diagnostic 123I-mIBG images in neuroblastoma. Prerequisites for an appropriate system are low inter- and intra-observer error and reproducibility across a broad disease spectrum. We present a new reporting method, developed and tested for SIOPEN by an international expert panel. Patterns of(More)
PURPOSE To assess the uptake of 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) in common and uncommon tumors in children and to develop a method for performing positron emission tomography (PET) studies in children with malignant neoplasms. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-two pediatric patients with known or suspected malignancies (27 scans) underwent FDG(More)
I-131 metaiodobenzylguanidine (I-131 MIBG) is a well established imaging agent that reliably detects pheochromocytoma. In some patients, however, I-131 MIBG may fail to localize pheochromocytoma. I-123 MIBG has several potential advantages over I-131 MIBG, and these advantages may enable locating pheochromocytomas which have eluded other techniques,(More)
PURPOSE This manuscript describes the use of FDG PET in a series of 7 children (11 scans) with primary hepatic malignancies (5 patients with hepatoblastoma, 2 patients with hepatic embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma), together with other imaging (CT and MRI), serum tumor markers, and tumor pathology. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seven children with pathologically proven(More)