Positron emission tomography/computed tomography in the diagnosis of inflammatory processes
А. Demirev, M. Garcheva, I. Kostadinova
The hybrid imaging modality known as PET/CT is being continuously introduced as a method of choice in the diagnostics of numerous inflammatory processes. The dual – computer tomography/positron emission tomography – investigation has advantages over other imaging modalities, mainly because of its ability to provide both morphological and functional information – combined in a whole body scan. Most of the inflammatory processes require on-time, accurate diagnostics and an imaging method that can provide therapy monitoring. The purpose of the following literature review is to compare the clinical application of PET/CT to other imaging modalities investigating inflammatory processes and to show its important role in the diagnostic algorithm and follow up of many inflammatory processes such as fever of unknown origin, osteomyelitis, inflammation of vascular prosthesеs etc.
Key words: 18F-FDG PET/CT. DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING. INFLAMMATORY DISEASES