Feasibility of PET Template-Based Analysis on F-18 FP-CIT PET in Patients with De Novo Parkinson's Disease

Eugene Jeong, Sun Young Oh, Kisoo Pahk, Chan Nyoung Lee, Kun Woo Park, Jae Sung Lee, Gi Jeong Cheon, Jae Gol Choe

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of FP-CIT PET template-based quantitative analysis on F-18 FP-CIT PET in patients with de novo Parkinson's disease (PD), compared with MR-based and manual methods. We also assessed the correlation of quantitative parameters of those methods with clinical severity of the disease. Methods: Forty patients with de novo PD underwent both MRI and F-18 FP-CIT PET. Images were spatially normalized to a standardized PET template. Mean counts of 4 ROIs: putamen, caudate, occipital cortex and cerebellum, were obtained using the quantification program, Korean Statistical Probabilistic Anatomical Map (KSPAM). Putamen-to-caudate ratio (PCR), asymmetry index (ASI), specific-to-nonspecific ratios with two different references: to occipital cortex (SOR) and cerebellum (SCR) were compared. Parameters were also calculated from manually drawn ROI method and MR-coregistrated method. Results: All quantitative parameters showed significant correlations across the three different methods, especially between the PET-based and manual methods. Among them, PET-based SOR and SCR values showed an excellent correlation and concordance with those of manual method. In relationship with clinical severity, only ASI achieved significantly inverse correlations with H&Y stage and UPDRS motor score. There was no significant difference between the quantitative parameters of both occipital cortex and cerebellum in all three methods, which implied that quantitation using PET-based method could be reproducible regardless of the reference region. Conclusions: Quantitative parameters using FP-CIT PET template-based method correlated well with those using laborious manual method with excellent concordance. Moreover, PET-based quantitation was less influenced by the reference region than MR-based method. It suggests that PET-based method can provide objective and quantitative parameters quickly and easily as a feasible analysis in place of conventional method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun

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Funding Information:
This study was partly supported by Korea University Research Special Grants (2011-K1131781, 2011-K1132941). We had no conflicts of interest relevant to this study.


  • Dopamine transporter (DAT)
  • F-18 FP-CIT PET
  • Korean statistical probabilistic anatomical map (KSPAM)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Template-based quantitative analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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