Natasha L. Robinette

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BACKGROUND Previously, we demonstrated the high accuracy of alpha-[(11)C]methyl-L-tryptophan (AMT) PET for differentiating recurrent gliomas from radiation injury. The present study evaluated the prognostic value of increased AMT uptake in patients with previously treated high-grade glioma. METHODS AMT-PET was performed in 39 patients with suspected(More)
UNLABELLED PET of amino acid transport and metabolism may be more accurate than conventional neuroimaging in differentiating recurrent gliomas from radiation-induced tissue changes. α-(11)C-methyl-l-tryptophan ((11)C-AMT) is an amino acid PET tracer that is not incorporated into proteins but accumulates in gliomas, mainly because of tumoral transport and(More)
BACKGROUND To assess gliomas using image-based estimation of cellularity, we utilized isotropic diffusion spectrum imaging (IDSI) on clinically feasible diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and compared it with amino acid uptake measured by α[(11)C]methyl-L-tryptophan positron emission tomography (AMT-PET). METHODS In 10 patients with a newly-diagnosed glioma,(More)
UNLABELLED α-(11)C-methyl-L-tryptophan (AMT) PET allows evaluation of brain serotonin synthesis and can also track upregulation of the immunosuppressive kynurenine pathway in tumor tissue. Increased AMT uptake is a hallmark of World Health Organization grade III-IV gliomas. Our recent study also suggested decreased frontal cortical AMT uptake in glioma(More)
OBJECTIVE Glioblastoma is an infiltrative malignancy that tends to extend beyond the MRI-defined tumor volume. We utilized positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with the radiotracer alpha-[(11)C]methyl-L -tryptophan (AMT) to develop a reliable high-risk gross tumor volume (HR-GTV) method for delineation of glioblastoma. AMT can detect solid tumor mass(More)
BACKGROUND Increased tryptophan metabolism via the kynurenine pathway (KP) is a key mechanism of tumoral immune suppression in gliomas. However, details of tryptophan metabolism in meningiomas have not been elucidated. In this study, we evaluated in vivo tryptophan metabolism in meningiomas and compared it with gliomas using α-[(11)C]-methyl-L-tryptophan(More)
Differentiating high-grade gliomas from solitary brain metastases is often difficult by conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); molecular imaging may facilitate such discrimination. We tested the accuracy of α[11C]methyl-l-tryptophan (AMT)-positron emission tomography (PET) to differentiate newly diagnosed glioblastomas from brain metastases. AMT-PET(More)
Amino acid PET is increasingly utilized for the detection of recurrent gliomas. Increased amino acid uptake is often observed outside the contrast-enhancing brain tumor mass. In this study, we evaluated if non-enhancing PET+ regions could predict spatial and temporal patterns of subsequent MRI progression in previously treated glioblastomas. Twelve patients(More)
BACKGROUND Although larynx preservation affords patients improvements in laryngectomy-free survival, little has been reported regarding the functional outcomes after larynx preservation. The purpose of this study was to report the predictive value of pretreatment CT-gross tumor volume (GTV) for persistence of tracheostomy and percutaneous endoscopic(More)