Factors influencing physiological FDG uptake in the intestine

Tokai J Exp Clin Med. 1998 Nov;23(5):241-4.


The intestine is a well-known site of physiological 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) accumulation in positron emission tomography (PET). To identify factors influencing physiological FDG uptake in the intestine, the intensity of FDG uptake was evaluated in a total of 1,068 healthy adults. Non-attenuation-corrected whole-body PET images were obtained for all subjects and visually evaluated. Subjects were then classified into two groups according to the intensity of intestinal FDG uptake. Sex, age, presence or absence of constipation, and serum glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and free fatty acid levels were compared between the two groups. High intestinal FDG uptake was observed at an overall rate of 11.0%. Sex (female), age, and bowel condition (constipation) were found to affect intestinal FDG uptake. The factors we identified lead to further questions regarding the relationship between intestinal motility and glucose uptake that warrant further study.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18 / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed


  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18