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Emerging topics and practical aspects for an appropriate use of amyloid PET in the current italian context


Nobili, Flavio; Cagnin, Annachiara; Calcagni, Maria L; Chincarini, Andrea; Guerra, Ugo P; Morbelli, Silvia; Padovani, Alessandro; Paghera, Barbara; Pappatà, Sabina; Parnetti, Lucilla; Sestini, Stelvio; Schillaci, Orazio (2019). Emerging topics and practical aspects for an appropriate use of amyloid PET in the current italian context. The quarterly journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, 63(1):83-92.

Abstract

In May, 2017 some representatives of the Italian nuclear medicine and neurological communities spontaneously met to discuss the issues emerged during the first two years of routine application of amyloid PET with fluorinated radiopharmaceuticals in the real world. The limitations of a binary classification of scans, the possibility to obtain early images as a surrogate marker of regional cerebral bloos flow, the need for (semi-)quantification and, thus, the opportunity of ranking brain amyloidosis, the correlation with Aβ42 levels in the cerebrospinal fluid, the occurrence and biological meaning of uncertain/boderline scans, the issue of incidental amyloidosis, the technical pittfalls leading to false negative/positive results, the position of the tool in the diagnostic flow- chart in the national reality, are the main topics that have been discussed. Also, a card to justify the examination to be filled by the dementia specialist and a card for the nuclear medicine physician to report the exam in detail have been approved and are available in the web, which should facilitate the creation of a national register, as previewed by the 2015 intersocietal recommendation on the use of amyloid PET in Italy. The content of this discussion could stimulate both public institutions and companies to support further research on these topics.

Abstract

In May, 2017 some representatives of the Italian nuclear medicine and neurological communities spontaneously met to discuss the issues emerged during the first two years of routine application of amyloid PET with fluorinated radiopharmaceuticals in the real world. The limitations of a binary classification of scans, the possibility to obtain early images as a surrogate marker of regional cerebral bloos flow, the need for (semi-)quantification and, thus, the opportunity of ranking brain amyloidosis, the correlation with Aβ42 levels in the cerebrospinal fluid, the occurrence and biological meaning of uncertain/boderline scans, the issue of incidental amyloidosis, the technical pittfalls leading to false negative/positive results, the position of the tool in the diagnostic flow- chart in the national reality, are the main topics that have been discussed. Also, a card to justify the examination to be filled by the dementia specialist and a card for the nuclear medicine physician to report the exam in detail have been approved and are available in the web, which should facilitate the creation of a national register, as previewed by the 2015 intersocietal recommendation on the use of amyloid PET in Italy. The content of this discussion could stimulate both public institutions and companies to support further research on these topics.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Reconstructive Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:11 Sep 2018 13:15
Last Modified:26 Apr 2019 07:02
Publisher:Edizioni Minerva Medica
ISSN:1824-4785
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.23736/S1824-4785.18.03069-8
PubMed ID:29697220

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