FDG PET/CT in Autoimmune Diseases

  • Alok Pawaskar
  • Sandip Basu
Part of the Clinicians’ Guides to Radionuclide Hybrid Imaging book series (CGRHI)


Systemic autoimmune diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders in which “self-tolerance” has been overcome by genetic and environmental factors and an immune response has been mounted against the body’s own organs, tissues, and cells. Diagnosis and treatment monitoring of these diseases is primarily done by clinical evaluation, inflammatory markers and biopsy wherever feasible. Role of anatomical imaging is limited to demonstrating tissue or organ destruction caused by the autoimmune processes. Functional imaging, on the other hand, can show the actual process of inflammation caused by activated immune cells in the target organ. Traditionally 99mTc-colloid, radiolabelled immunoglobulins, bone scan, Gallium-67 scan have been used for this purpose. FDG PET/CT has been extensively used as research tool in autoimmune disorders (AID) and have demonstrated promising results in a variety of AID.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alok Pawaskar
    • 2
    • 1
  • Sandip Basu
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Radiation Medicine Centre, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Memorial Centre AnnexeMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.HCG Manavata Cancer CentreNashikIndia
  3. 3.Homi Bhabha National InstituteMumbaiIndia

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