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18 Nov 20. SINAPSE Image of the Month

Edinburgh Imaging is proud to see that Dr Jack Andrews & Prof Marc Dweck's image of 18F-fluoride PET-MR imaging of the heart differentiates between cardiac amyloid subtypes, healthy volunteers & phenotypically similar patients with aortic stenosis featured as the SINAPSE image-of-the-month in November 2020.

18F-fluoride PET-MR imaging of the heart differentiates between cardiac amyloid subtypes, healthy volunteers & phenotypically similar patients with aortic stenosis
18F-fluoride PET-MR imaging of the heart differentiates between cardiac amyloid subtypes, healthy volunteers & phenotypically similar patients with aortic stenosis

Courtesy of Dr Jack Andrews & Prof Marc Dweck, this image shows late gadolinium-enhanced (LGE) cardiac MR images [top row] & corresponding fused 18F-fluoride cardiac MR-PET images [bottom row] comparing radiotracer uptake patterns across four cohorts of study participants in columns from left to right: Age & sex matched controls, patients with aortic stenosis, & patients with cardiac amyloid of two subtypes: amyloid light chain (AL) & amyloidosis transthyretin (ATTR).

Gadolinium-enhanced MR is widely used to diagnose cardiac amyloid, but cannot differentiate AL & ATTR subtypes which are associated with different prognoses & different treatment strategies.

A single MR-PET scan enables the accurate diagnosis of cardiac amyloid from MR with clear discrimination of AL & TTR amyloid from 18F-fluoride PET in co-registered images.

The mean target to background ratio (TBR) values in the image above demonstrate uptake greater in the blood pool than myocardium for a control subject (E) & a patient with aortic stenosis (F), contrasted with an AL amyloid patient displaying a characteristic distribution of myocardial LGE (C) & patchy myocardial uptake greater than the blood pool (G) whereas a TTR amyloid patient displaying similar LGE findings (D) is distinguished by extensive biventricular uptake (H).

These findings show promise for 18F-fluoride cardiac MR-PET imaging in the diagnosis & monitoring of patients with TTR amyloid.

The image is taken from a recently published multicentre study that conducted hybrid 18F-fluoride imaging with participants recruited in Edinburgh & New York, notably one of the first publications of data from the first MR PET system in Scotland (opened in 2017 at Edinburgh Imaging Facility QMRI):

Andrews JPM, Trivieri MG, Everett R, Spath N, MacNaught G, Moss AJ, Doris MK, Pawade T, van Beek EJR, Lucatelli C, Newby DE, Robson P, Fayad ZA, Dweck MR. 18F-fluoride PET/MR in cardiac amyloid: A comparison study with aortic stenosis & age- & sex-matched controls. J Nucl Cardiol 2020.

 

 

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