11C methionine positron emission tomography for glioma

MET PET appears to be useful in evaluating grade, type, and proliferative activity of astrocytic tumor (AT). CHO PET may be useful in evaluating the potential malignancy of oligodendroglial tumors (OTs). In terms of visual evaluation of tumor localization, MET PET is superior to FDG and CHO PET in all of the gliomas, due to its straightforward detection of “hot lesions” 1).


MET-PET is a helpful tool for pretreatment evaluation of non-contrast media enhancing, suggestive low-grade intracerebral lesions. MET-PET adds valuable information for the decision-making for surgery or stereotactic biopsy 2).


The aim of a study of Beppu et al., was to clarify whether arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion imaging can assess biological effects from bevacizumab (BEV) therapy as reliably as PET with 11C methionine positron emission tomography.

Twenty-four patients with recurrent glioblastoma were examined using both ASL and C-met-PET before and 4 and 8 weeks after starting BEV treatment. Tumor-to-normal brain (T/N) ratios, fluctuations in T/N ratio, and tumor volumes were compared between ASL and C-met-PET. Accuracy of predicting patient with long progression free survival (PFS) was assessed for T/N ratios and fluctuations for ASL and C-met-PET in each phase and in each period using receiver operating characteristic curves. Between 2 groups of patients assigned by cutoff values from receiver operating characteristic curves, PFS was compared in each phase or in each period.

T/N ratios, fluctuations in ratio, and tumor volumes correlated significantly between ASL and C-met-PET at all time points and all periods. Arterial spin labeling was eligible as a predictor for long PFS only in assessment of fluctuations in T/N ratio. However, the most accurate predictors for long PFS were T/N ratio from C-met-PET at 8 weeks and the fluctuation from baseline to 4 weeks in T/N ratio from C-met-PET.

Blood flows on ASL correlated with accumulations of C-met on PET in recurrent glioblastoma under BEV treatment. Although C-met-PET offered superior accuracy for predicting patients with long PFS from time points, ASL offered reliable prediction of long PFS, provided that fluctuations in T/N ratio between consecutive scans are assessed 3).


The metabolically active tumour volume observed in (11)C-methionine PET differs from the volume of MRI by showing areas of infiltrative tumour and distinguishing from non-tumour lesions. Differences in (11)C-methionine PET/MRI integration patterns can be assigned to tumour grades according to the WHO classification. This finding may improve tumour delineation and therapy planning for gliomas 4).


11C methionine positron emission tomography parameters are significantly correlated with histological grade and IDH1 mutation status in patients with glioma. Grade, pathological classification, molecular biomarkers, SUVmax and SUVratio were prognostic factors for PFS in a cohort of patients. The trial was registered with ClinicalTrials.gov (registration: NCT02518061) 5).

References

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Kato T, Shinoda J, Nakayama N, Miwa K, Okumura A, Yano H, Yoshimura S, Maruyama T, Muragaki Y, Iwama T. Metabolic assessment of gliomas using 11C-methionine, [18F] fluorodeoxyglucose, and 11C-choline positron-emission tomography. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2008 Jun;29(6):1176-82. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A1008. Epub 2008 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 18388218.
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Gumprecht H, Grosu AL, Souvatsoglou M, Dzewas B, Weber WA, Lumenta CB. 11C-Methionine positron emission tomography for preoperative evaluation of suggestive low-grade gliomas. Zentralbl Neurochir. 2007 Feb;68(1):19-23. PubMed PMID: 17487804.
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Beppu T, Sato Y, Sasaki T, Terasaki K, Yamashita F, Sasaki M, Ogasawara K. Comparisons Between PET With 11C-Methyl-L-Methionine and Arterial Spin Labeling Perfusion Imaging in Recurrent Glioblastomas Treated With Bevacizumab. Clin Nucl Med. 2018 Dec 17. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000002417. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30562194.
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Arbizu J, Tejada S, Marti-Climent JM, Diez-Valle R, Prieto E, Quincoces G, Vigil C, Idoate MA, Zubieta JL, Peñuelas I, Richter JA. Quantitative volumetric analysis of gliomas with sequential MRI and ¹¹C-methionine PET assessment: patterns of integration in therapy planning. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2012 May;39(5):771-81. doi: 10.1007/s00259-011-2049-9. Epub 2012 Jan 19. PubMed PMID: 22258713.
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Lopci E, Riva M, Olivari L, Raneri F, Soffietti R, Piccardo A, Bizzi A, Navarria P, Ascolese AM, Rudà R, Fernandes B, Pessina F, Grimaldi M, Simonelli M, Rossi M, Alfieri T, Zucali PA, Scorsetti M, Bello L, Chiti A. Prognostic value of molecular and imaging biomarkers in patients with supratentorial glioma. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2017 Jan 21. doi: 10.1007/s00259-017-3618-3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28110346.

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