[FDG-PET: a new diagnostic approach in hip prosthetic replacement]

Rev Esp Med Nucl. 2007 Jul-Aug;26(4):208-20.
[Article in Spanish]


Infection following hip arthroplasties can present a diagnostic challenge. No test is 100 % sensitive and 100 % specific; this prospective study was undertaken to evaluate the utility of FDG-PET imaging for diagnosing infected joint replacements. 24 hip joint replacements were studied prospectively and we have complete diagnoses with clinical signs and symptoms, laboratory test, radiography, joint aspiration, radionuclide imaging including FDG-PET, and histopathologic examination. 11 of 24 prostheses were infected. The sensitivity and specificity of PET for detecting infection associated with prostheses were 64,3 % and 64,7 % respectively, in our hands. FDG imaging is not useful in patients with suspected prosthetic infection like a screening test.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bacteriological Techniques
  • Biopsy
  • Female
  • Fluorine Radioisotopes*
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18*
  • Hip Prosthesis / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radiopharmaceuticals*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • Fluorine Radioisotopes
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18