Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 287–295 | Cite as

Minimum Standardized Uptake Value from Quantitative Bone Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography for Evaluation of Femoral Head Viability in Patients with Femoral Neck Fracture

  • Hyun Gee Ryoo
  • Won Woo LeeEmail author
  • Ji Young Kim
  • Eunjung Kong
  • Woo Hee Choi
  • Joon-Kee Yoon
  • K-SPECT Group
Original Article



Bone single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) has been widely used for evaluation of femoral head viability in patients with femoral neck fracture. The current study aimed to investigate utility of standardized uptake value (SUV) from quantitative bone SPECT/CT for assessment of femoral head viability.


From March 2015 to November 2018, quantitative bone SPECT/CT was performed in 9 patients with non-viable femoral head post femoral neck fracture and in 31 controls. Maximum (SUVmax), mean (SUVmean), and minimum standardized uptake values (SUVmin) were measured over femoral head and neck. Mann-Whitney U test with Bonferroni correction was used to compare SUVs of ipsilateral and contralateral femurs from femoral neck fracture patients with those of control femurs.


As for femoral head viability, SUVmax and SUVmean were not significantly decreased in non-viable femoral heads compared to those in controls. Only the SUVmin was significantly reduced in non-viable femoral heads (mean ± standard deviation, 0.57 ± 0.38) than in controls (0.95 ± 0.26, p = 0.006) and contralateral femoral heads (1.36 ± 0.59, p = 0.008). The cutoff SUVmin of 0.61 (g/mL) yielded a sensitivity of 77.8% and specificity of 87.1% for detection of non-viable femoral heads (p = 0.006). Contralateral femoral necks of the femoral neck fracture patients showed significantly higher SUVmean and SUVmin (3.17 ± 1.20 and 1.64 ± 0.63) than those of controls (2.32 ± 0.53 and 1.04 ± 0.27; p = 0.021 and p = 0.002, respectively), which seemed to reflect weight bearing effect or metabolic derangement.


The non-viable femoral heads from the femoral neck fracture showed significantly reduced SUVmin. Quantitative bone SPECT/CT holds promise for objective evaluation of femoral head viability.


Femur Fracture Single-photon emission computed tomography Computed tomography Quantitation Standardized uptake value 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Hyun Gee Ryoo, Won Woo Lee, Ji Young Kim, Eunjung Kong, Woo Hee Choi, and Joon-Kee Yoon declare that there is no conflict of interest. This study was supported in part by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education (2018R1D1A1A09081961) and by the Korean Society of Nuclear Medicine Clinical Trial Network (KSNM CTN) working group funded by the Korean Society of Nuclear Medicine (KSNM-CTN-2017-01-01).

Ethical Approval

The study was approved by an institutional review board and has been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments.

Informed Consent

The need for informed consents was waived by the institutional review board.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang HospitalSeoul National University College of MedicineSeongnam-siSouth Korea
  2. 2.Institute of Radiation Medicine, Medical Research CenterSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hanyang University Guri HospitalHanyang University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Nuclear MedicineYeungnam University Medical School and HospitalDaeguSouth Korea
  5. 5.Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, College of MedicineThe Catholic University of KoreaSeoulSouth Korea
  6. 6.Department of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular ImagingAjou University School of MedicineSuwon-siSouth Korea

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