Applications of fluorodeoxyglucose-PET imaging in the detection of infection and inflammation and other benign disorders

Radiol Clin North Am. 2005 Jan;43(1):121-34. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2004.07.005.


FDG-PET has great potential in the evaluation of a variety of inflammatory and infectious disorders and possibly other benign disorders. FDG-PET is very helpful in the evaluation of chronic osteomyelitis, sarcoidosis, FUO, and differentiating toxoplasmosis from lymphoma in the central nervous system in HIV-positive patients. The assessment of efficacy of FDG-PET in the evaluation of arthroplasty-associated infection, large-vessel vasculitis, and other inflammatory and infectious disorders is ongoing but seems quite promising at this time.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fever of Unknown Origin / diagnostic imaging
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18*
  • Humans
  • Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Inflammation / diagnostic imaging*
  • Osteomyelitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Positron-Emission Tomography*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals*
  • Soft Tissue Infections / diagnostic imaging


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18