Normal bone and soft tissue distribution of fluorine-18-sodium fluoride and artifacts on 18F-NaF PET/CT bone scan: a pictorial review

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Fluorine-18-sodium fluoride (18F-NaF) PET/CT is a relatively new and high-resolution bone imaging modality. Since the use of 18F-NaF PET/CT has been increasing, it is important to accurately assess the images and be aware of normal distribution and major artifacts. In this pictorial review article, we will describe the normal uptake patterns of 18F-NaF in the bone tissues, particularly in complex structures, as well as its physiologic soft tissue distribution and certain artifacts seen on 18F-NaF PET/CT images.

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