Intracardiac Metastases Detected by 18F-FSPG PET/CT

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Abstract

PET/CT imaging is frequently used for cancer diagnosis and restaging as metabolically active cells, including cancer, utilize glucose for proliferation. 18F-FDG is the most commonly utilized radiopharmaceutical in PET/CT imaging. Limitations of 18F-FDG imaging include intense physiologic uptake in benign tissues such as the brain and myocardium. We present a case of non–small cell lung cancer with myocardial and pericardial metastases obscured by physiologic 18F-FDG cardiac uptake but detected with the investigational PET radiotracer (4S)-4-(3-18F-fluoropropyl)-L-glutamate (18F-FSPG), which targets a pathway associated with glutathione biosynthesis. This case demonstrates the added value of 18F-FSPG PET/CT imaging.

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