18F-FDG PET/MRI Primary Staging of Cervical Cancer: A Pilot Study with PET/CT Comparison

Nghi C. Nguyen, Sushil Beriwal, Chan Hong Moon, Alessandro Furlan, James M. Mountz, Balasubramanya Rangaswamy

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We report our PET/MRI experience from a pilot study that compared the diagnostic performance of 18F-FDG PET/MRI versus PET/CT in staging of cervical cancer. Methods: Six adults with newly diagnosed cervical cancer underwent a single 18F-FDG injection with a dual-imaging protocol: standard-of-care PET/CT followed by research PET/MRI. The diagnostic interpretation and SUVmax for the 2 modalities were compared. Results: Both modalities detected all primary tumors (median size, 3.9 cm) and all 4 metastases present in 2 of the 6 patients (median size, 0.9 cm). PET/MRI provided greater diagnostic confidence than PET/CT and upstaged the disease in 4 patients. On the basis of the imaging findings alone, the additional information from PET/MRI would have led to a change in clinical management in 3 of 6 patients. The primary lesion showed a median SUV of 12.8 on PET/CT and 18.2 on PET/MRI (P 5 0.03). SUVs, however, correlated strongly between the 2 modalities (ρ 5 0.96, P, 0.001). Conclusion: Our pilot study supports the notion that PET/MRI has the potential to impact clinical decisions and treatment strategies in women with cervical cancer. Further studies are, however, warranted to define the value that PET/MRI adds to PET/CT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-335
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of nuclear medicine technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • PET/CT
  • cervical cancer
  • female

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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