Simultaneous hyperpolarized 13C-Pyruvate MRI and 18F-FDG PET (HyperPET) in 10 dogs with cancer

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Henrik Gutte Borgwardt, Adam Espe Hansen, Majbrit M. E. Larsen, Sofie Rahbek, Sarah T. Henriksen, Helle Hjorth Johannesen, Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen, Annemarie Thuri Kristensen, Liselotte Højgaard, Andreas Kjær

With the introduction of combined PET/MR spectroscopic (MRS) imaging, it is now possible to directly and indirectly image the Warburg effect with hyperpolarized (13)C-pyruvate and (18)F-FDG PET imaging, respectively, via a technique we have named hyperPET. The main purpose of this present study was to establish a practical workflow for performing (18)F-FDG PET and hyperpolarized (13)C-pyruvate MRS imaging simultaneously for tumor tissue characterization and on a larger scale test its feasibility. In addition, we evaluated the correlation between (18)F-FDG uptake and (13)C-lactate production.

METHODS: Ten dogs with biopsy-verified spontaneous malignant tumors were included for imaging. All dogs underwent a protocol of simultaneous (18)F-FDG PET, anatomic MR, and hyperpolarized dynamic nuclear polarization with (13)C-pyruvate imaging. The data were acquired using a combined clinical PET/MR imaging scanner.

RESULTS: We found that combined (18)F-FDG PET and (13)C-pyruvate MRS imaging was possible in a single session of approximately 2 h. A continuous workflow was obtained with the injection of (18)F-FDG when the dogs was placed in the PET/MR scanner. (13)C-MRS dynamic acquisition demonstrated in an axial slab increased (13)C-lactate production in 9 of 10 dogs. For the 9 dogs, the (13)C-lactate was detected after a mean of 25 s (range, 17-33 s), with a mean to peak of (13)C-lactate at 49 s (range, 40-62 s). (13)C-pyruvate could be detected on average after 13 s (range, 5-26 s) and peaked on average after 25 s (range, 13-42 s). We noticed concordance of (18)F-FDG uptake and production of (13)C-lactate in most, but not all, axial slices.

CONCLUSION: In this study, we have shown in a series of dogs with cancer that hyperPET can easily be performed within 2 h. We showed mostly correspondence between (13)C-lactate production and (18)F-FDG uptake and expect the combined modalities to reveal additional metabolic information to improve prognostic value and improve response monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Volume56
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1786-92
Number of pages7
ISSN0161-5505
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

    Research areas

  • cancer, dynamic nuclear polarization, hyperpolarized, 13C-pyruvate, MR, 18F-FDG PET, PET/MR, molecular imaging

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