Paez R, Shah C, Cords AJ, Muterspaugh A, Helton JE, Antic S, Eisenberg R, Chen H, Grogan EL, Manning HC, Walker RC, Massion PP. 18F-FSPG PET imaging for the evaluation of indeterminate pulmonary nodules. PloS one. 17(17). e0265427. PMID: 35294486 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC8926263
18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT is recommended for evaluation of intermediate-risk indeterminate pulmonary nodules (IPNs). While highly sensitive, the specificity of FDG remains suboptimal for differentiating malignant from benign nodules, particularly in areas where fungal lung diseases are prevalent. Thus, a cancer-specific imaging probe is greatly needed. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that a PET radiotracer (S)-4-(3-[18F]-fluoropropyl)-L-glutamic acid (FSPG) improves the diagnostic accuracy of IPNs compared to 18F-FDG PET/CT.