Artifactual spinal metastases imaged by PET/CT: A case report

Phillip H. Kuo, David W. Cheng

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A 55-y-old patient with multiple myeloma presented for re-staging after chemotherapy and radiation. The patient had undergone vertebroplasty of multiple thoracic vertebrae because of painful compression fractures. The 18F-FDG PET images showed increased activity at the T8 and T10-T12 vertebral bodies. Comparison of the attenuation-corrected and non-attenuation-corrected images demonstrated that the activity was due to an artifact of attenuation correction. The CT scan correlated the sites of vertebroplasty to the 4 foci of increased uptake of 18F-FDG. The increasing use of vertebroplasty for malignant spinal fractures warrants vigilance for this artifact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-231
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of nuclear medicine technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005


  • Artifact
  • CT
  • Myeloma
  • PET
  • Vertebroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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