CME Sessions at EANM’08

EANM’08 – CME Session VI

Molecular Imaging
October 13, 2008, 11:30-13:00
Differential Diagnosis between Inflammation and Tumor

Moderator: U. Haberkorn (Heidelberg)
Co-Moderator: L. Aloj (Naples)

R. Hustinx (Liege):
FDG Limitations and Solutions
M. Weckesser (Muenster):
Use of Amino Acids for Tumor Detection
A. van Waarde (Groningen):
Proliferation Markers for the Differential Diagnosis of Tumor and Inflammation

Educational objectives:

  1. Understand the basics of tracer accumulation in tumor and inflammatory tissues.
  2. Identify the problems associated with FDG-PET and evaluate possible solutions.
  3. Understand the basics of amino acid transport in tumors and their application for the differential diagnosis.
  4. Understand the role of proliferation markers and tracers of membrane metabolism in tumor characterization.


This continuing education session deals with problems associated with the differential diagnosis between tumor and inflammation. The presentations cover the biochemical changes in tumors and inflammatory tissues which may be used for the different imaging procedures. Possible drawbacks of FDG-PET and their solutions by dual-time imaging will be discussed. Furthermore, changes in amino acid transport and metabolic pathways associated with membrane synthesis and proliferation are presented. This should give the participants an updated overview of actual developments in tumor characterization and its use for clinical decisions.

Key Words:

Tumor diagnosis, metabolism, proliferation, amino acids, inflammation

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