Visualization and localization of rheumatoid knee synovitis with FDG-PET/CT images

Clin Rheumatol. 2008 Dec:27 Suppl 2:S39-41. doi: 10.1007/s10067-008-0849-5. Epub 2008 Mar 28.


We annually evaluated (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/ computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) scans for three consecutive years in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammatory activity of the rheumatoid synovium was visualized in coronal and transverse sections by FDG-PET/CT. The extent and area of the synovial inflammation was relatively well delineated, and this technique was more informative in detecting inflammation than were conventional X-rays.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18* / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Knee / diagnostic imaging*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Synovitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18