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FDG PET (Neurology)

18F-FDG is the PET tracer most commonly used in nuclear medicine today. 18F-FDG is a structurally poorly altered, radioactively labeled sugar. After injection into the body, the tracer is distributed in the tissue and is taken up by cells that have a high turnover of sugar (e.g. the brain). If the accumulation in the brain is too low, e.g. in dementia or epilepsy, PET / CT or PET / MR can be used to determine.

Distribution of the tracer 18F-FDG in the brain.
Distribution of the tracer 18F-FDG in the brain.

Indications in neurology

The following indications are reimbursed by the health insurance:

  • Dementia clarification (requirements: referral by a specialist in geriatrics, neurology or psychiatry; mini-mental score> 10; duration of illness <5 years; no PET or SPECT so far)
  • Epilepsy (therapy-resistant epilepsy)
  • This indication is also paid for by the health insurance companies: Differential diagnosis in movement disorders
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, PD 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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