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Choline PET (parathyroid)

Choline is an endogenous substance and is absorbed by cells with a high membrane turnover and built into the cell wall. The 18F choline PET / CT or PET / MR is a very sensitive examination for the diagnosis and localization of parathyroid adenomas in patients with hyperparathyroidism. The examination is suitable for primary clarification as well as for patients who have not previously been clarified using other imaging methods (success rate> 90%).

Detected parathyroid adenoma (arrow) in front of the trachea. 18F-choline PET imaging can still occasionally be used for the clarification of prostate cancer patients. Since 2016, however, 18F-PSMA has been priorised.

Patient information

Indications

The following indications are reimbursed by the health insurance:

  • Primary hyperparathyroidism (after unsuccessful conventional imaging)
  • Prostate cancer: primary staging in high-risk cancer, biochemical relapse (PSA increase after radical therapy)
Details see PDF, page 105ff

Responsible doctors

Martin Hüllner, PD Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Deputy Clinic Director, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Diagnostic Neuroradiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncological, neurological and musculoskeletal imaging
Tel. +41 44 255 25 80

Lars Husmann, Prof. Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: PET/CT Imaging
Tel. +41 43 253 87 99

David Kenkel, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncological imaging (PET, SPECT, CT, MRI)

Cäcilia Mader, Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Neuroradiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncological, neurological and musculoskeletal hybrid imaging
Tel. +41 43 253 88 02

Alexander Maurer, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Oncologic imaging, Hybrid imaging of prostate cancer
Tel. +41 43 253 88 09

Michael Messerli, PD Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Radiologist, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Specialties: Hybrid imaging of oncological diseases (PET, SPECT, CT, MRI)
Tel. +41 43 253 88 03

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