Positron tomographic assessment of 16α-[18F] fluoro-17β-estradiol uptake in metastatic breast carcinoma

A. H. McGuire, F. Dehdashti, B. A. Siegel, A. P. Lyss, J. W. Brodack, C. J. Mathias, M. A. Mintun, J. A. Katzenellenbogen, M. J. Welch

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The positron-emitting estrogenic steroid 16α-[18F]fluoro-17β-estradiol (FES) has been shown to exhibit selective uptake in primary breast carcinomas; the uptake of tracer by positron emission tomography (PET) is strongly correlated with the tumor estrogen-receptor concentration. We have now extended the use of this radiopharmaceutical for imaging of metastases of breast carcinoma by PET in 16 patients with clinical or radiographic evidence of metastatic disease. Increased uptake of FES was identified on PET images in 53 of 57 metastatic lesions (93%); only two apparent false-positive foci of FES uptake were seen. In seven of the patients, evaluable PET studies were obtained both before and after initiation of antiestrogen therapy. In all cases, there was a decrease in FES uptake in the tumor deposits after initiation of antiestrogen therapy, and the mean (± standard deviation) uptake decreased from 2.22 (±1.23) to 0.80 (±0.42) x 10-3% dose/ml. These results indicate that PET with FES has high sensitivity and specificity for detecting metastatic breast carcinoma and provide additional confirmatory evidence that the tumor uptake of this ligand is a receptor-mediated process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1526-1531
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1991


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