Global Health & Medicine 2020;2(4):221-226.

FDG-PET/CT images of COVID-19: a comprehensive review

Minamimoto R, Hotta M, Ishikane M, Inagaki T


Following a lot of reports of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) CT images, the feature of FDG-PET/ CT imaging of COVID-19 was reported in several articles. Since FDG accumulates in activated inflammatory cells, FDG-PET/CT has huge potential for diagnosing and monitoring of inflammatory disease. However, FDG-PET/CT cannot be routinely used in an emergency setting and is not generally recommended as a first choice for diagnosis of infectious diseases. In this review, we demonstrate FDG-PET/CT imaging features of COVID-19, including our experience and current knowledge, and discuss the value of FDG-PET/CT in terms of estimating the pathologic mechanism.

KEYWORDS: COVID-19, FDG, PET/CT, diagnosis

DOI: 10.35772/ghm.2020.01056

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