BACKGROUND: Total body and long-axial field-of-view (LAFOV) PET/CT represent visionary innovations in imaging enabling either improved image quality, reduction in injected activity-dose or decreased acquisition time. An improved image quality may affect visual scoring systems, including the Deauville score (DS), which is used for clinical assessment of patients with lymphoma. The DS compares SUVmax in residual lymphomas with liver parenchyma, and here we investigate the impact of reduced image noise on the DS in patients with lymphomas scanned on a LAFOV PET/CT.
METHODS: Sixty-eight patients with lymphoma underwent a whole-body scan on a Biograph Vision Quadra PET/CT-scanner, and images were evaluated visually with regard to DS for three different timeframes of 90, 300, and 600 s. SUVmax and SUVmean were calculated from liver and mediastinal blood pool, in addition to SUVmax from residual lymphomas and measures of noise.
RESULTS: SUVmax in liver and in mediastinal blood pool decreased significantly with increasing acquisition time, whereas SUVmean remained stable. In residual tumor, SUVmax was stable during different acquisition times. As a result, the DS was subject to change in three patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Attention should be drawn towards the eventual impact of improvements in image quality on visual scoring systems such as the DS.
|Publication status||Published - 2 Mar 2023|