|History: Recently diagnosed Hodgkin's Lymphoma. For initial staging.
- Findings compatible with patient's known lymphoma involving the lymph nodes above the thoracic hemidiaphragms. No enlarged or hypermetabolic lymph nodes are seen below the hemidiaphragm.
- Mild diffuse increase in the bone marrow activity especially involving the spinal vertebral bodies. Bone marrow involvement is suspected as described above.
- Stable tiny nodule in the right lung middle lobe. The left lower lobe nodule is not well visualized.
- Small cysts in the right adnexa are likely functional ovarian cysts and can be better evaluated with ultrasound of the pelvis, if indicated.
- A small hypermetabolic nodule involving the right lobe of the thyroid gland. Further evaluation with ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy is suggested.
|Clinical Utility: In comparison to morphologic imaging with contrast-enhanced CT, metabolic imaging with FDG PET shows a higher specificity for disease staging (February 2006 Radiology, 238, 405-422.)