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Unveiling the relationship between the SUVmax of 18F-FDG PET/CT and patient and tumor characteristics

Nishant Lohia1 Sirshendu Ghosh2 Sankalp Singh1* Indranil Sinha3 Abhishek Mahato3 Dharmesh Paliwal3 Gaurav Trivedi1
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1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Malignant Disease Treatment Centre, Command Hospital (Central Command), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Command Dental Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Command Hospital (Central Command), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Submitted: 13 October 2023 | Accepted: 5 January 2024 | Published: 10 January 2024
© 2024 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( )

18F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (FDG)-based positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) is an indispensable tool in modern oncology, extensively used for diagnosing and staging various cancers. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of FDG helps identify the most metabolically active areas of disease. In this analytical cross-sectional study performed between January and December 2019, we compared SUVmax for different cancer types and determined the effect of demographic, pathological, and clinical variables on SUVmax. The study included 117 newly diagnosed cancer patients who underwent FDG PET/CT before treatment. Data on descriptive variables, including age, gender, stage, histopathological diagnosis, and tumor differentiation grade, were collected for each patient. Correlation analysis of these variables with SUVmax in FDG PET/CT was performed using Spearmen’s test and a forward stepwise regression model. A total of 117 patients (63 males and 54 females) with a median age of 61 years (range: 21 – 90) were included in this study. Histopathological diagnoses revealed squamous cell carcinoma (n = 71%), adenocarcinoma (n = 24%), and small cell cancer (n = 5%). The SUVmax of the primary tumor was positively correlated with histology (P < 0.05), with the highest SUVmax observed in squamous cell carcinomas. In conclusion, SUVmax was positively correlated with histology, while no association was detected with the patient’s age and gender, as well as the stage, organ, site, or grade of the tumors. However, we recommend a larger and more homogenous study sample to further investigate any clinically relevant relationship between the SUVmax and various disease factors in diverse patient populations.

Maximum standardized uptake value
Positron emission tomography/computed tomography
Squamous cell carcinoma
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