what does SUV max of 8.4 mean? my father had a PETSCAN & the report states a spiculated nodule in the left upper left node of the lung measures 1.4x1.4cm & is intensely FDG avid w/ max SUV of 8.4 This lesion is consistent w/malignancy.There is also a 9x8 prevascular lymph node is moderately FDG avid w/SUV max of 2.8 It is highly suspicious for metastic lymphadenopathy. I am out of state & would like to understand this report more. I know it is not good, but if someone could explain this in lamin terms, i would appreciate it very much.
SUVmax (standardized uptake value) is a measure for the maximum uptake of radiolabelled glucose when performing a PET with radiolabelled glucose.
The higher the value, the higher the metabolic activity of cells/tissue. Nodules that show high metabolic activity are more likely to be cancer.
hi, can anyone help me to explain the meaning of the results below? this is for my father..
Thorax and Mediastinum:
There are multiple bilateral FDG avid nodules which are varying in sizes.
There is a larged FDG avid mass in the posterior segment of the right lower lobe with SUVmax of 10,
metabolic soze of 5.5 x 5.8 x 7.5cm9AP X W X Ht).
There are multiple FDG avid nodes:
-paratracheal SUVmax 7
-subcarina SUVmax of 6.9
-right hilum SUVmax of 6.8.
Abdomen and pelvis:
-Both lobes of the liver are occupied by the large FDG avid lesion , SUVmax of 11.
-There are multiple FDG avid para aortic nodes.
-Normal FDG distribution in the liver and kidneys.
-Non specific uptake in the bowels.