OBJECTIVE: Assess the influence of 2 different patient positions during [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake phase on physiologic FDG accumulation of the floor of mouth (FOM) muscles. Study design: A prospective study design was used.
METHODS: Two hundred prospectively enrolled patients were included in the study: (a) head and neck cancer (HNC) patients in supine or (b) sitting position, (c) patients with other malignant tumours in supine or (d) sitting position. An intra-individual analysis was done on patients (b) and (d) when such scans were available. Maximum standardized uptake values without correction and corrected for blood pool activity were assessed.
RESULTS: The inter-individual analysis (sitting vs supine) revealed no significant differences (P = 0.17 and P = 0.56). The subgroup analysis on the patients with HNC (P = 0.56 and P = 0.15) and in patients with other malignancies (P = 0.14 and P = 0.08) revealed no significant difference; neither did the intra-individual analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: The supine or sitting position during the uptake phase for FDG-positron emission tomography/computed tomography has no effect on the amount and distribution of physiologic FDG activity in the muscles of the FOM.