Optimisation of reconstruction, volumetry and dosimetry for 99mTc-SPECT and 90Y-PET images: Towards reliable dose-volume histograms for selective internal radiation therapy with 90Y-microspheres

Phys Med. 2017 Jul:39:147-155. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmp.2017.06.021. Epub 2017 Jul 4.


Purpose: In Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), 99mTc-MAA SPECT images are commonly used to predict microspheres distribution but recent works used 90Y-microspheres PET images. Nevertheless, evaluation of the predictive power of 99mTc-MAA has been hampered by the lack of reliable comparisons between 99mTc-SPECT and 90Y-PET images. Our aim was to determine the "in situ" optimisation procedure in order to reliably compare 99mTc-SPECT and 90Y-PET images and achieve optimal personal dosimetry.

Methods: We acquired 99mTc-SPECT/CT and 90Y-PET/CT images of NEMA and Jaszczak phantoms. We found the best reconstruction parameters for quantification and for volume estimations. We determined adaptive threshold curves on the volumetric reconstruction. We copied the optimised volumes on the quantitative reconstruction, named here the "cross volumes" technique. Finally, we compared 99mTc-SPECT and 90Y-PET Dose Volume Histograms.

Results: Our "in situ" optimisation procedure decreased errors on volumes and quantification (from -44.2% and -15.8% to -3.4% and -3.28%, respectively, for the 26.5mL PET phantom sphere). Moreover, 99mTc-SPECT and 90Y-PET DVHs were equivalent only after the optimisation procedure (difference in mean dose <5% for the three biggest spheres).

Conclusions: This work showed that a preliminary "in situ" phantom study was necessary to optimise volumes and quantification of 99mTc-SPECT and 90Y-PET images and allowed to achieve a reliable comparison between patient treatment planning and post implant dosimetry, notably by the use of the "cross volumes" technique. Methodology developed in this work will enable robust evaluations of the predictive power of 99mTc-SPECT, as well as dose-response relationship and side effects in SIRT treatments.

Keywords: (90)Y-PET; SIRT DVHs; SIRT dosimetry; SIRT image optimisation.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Liver Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Microspheres
  • Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography*
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted*
  • Technetium Tc 99m Aggregated Albumin
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon*
  • Yttrium Radioisotopes


  • Technetium Tc 99m Aggregated Albumin
  • Yttrium Radioisotopes