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PET/CT for Early Detection of COVID-19 Pneumonia: Diffuse Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake in the Lungs without any Additional Changes in a Patient with Breast Cancer


  • Büşra Özdemir
  • Burak Günay
  • Derya Karabulut
  • Gülay Durmuş Altun

Received Date: 19.12.2020 Accepted Date: 12.05.2021 Mol Imaging Radionucl Ther 2021;30(3):197-200 PMID: 34660689

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), which causes infections in the upper and lower respiratory tract, became a pandemic shortly after it was first diagnosed in Wuhan city, China. Many people are affected with high mortality rates and severe respiratory distress syndrome. During this pandemic, all physicians paid attention to the findings of COVID-19. Suggestive findings in 18fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) were characterized as increased 18F-FDG uptake in bilateral peripheral consolidative areas and ground glass opacities. We aimed to show diffuse FDG uptake in PET images with indefinable lesions in CT as a suspicious finding for early COVID-19.

Keywords: 18F-FDG, COVID-19, PET/CT, SARS-CoV-2


Informed Consent: The patient gave consent to the use of her data for medical purposes and signed the consent form during imaging.

Peer-review: Externally and internally peer-reviewed.

Authorship Contributions

Surgical and Medical Practices: B.Ö., B.G., Concept: B.Ö., D.K., Design: G.D.A., Data Collection or Processing: B.Ö., B.G., Analysis or Interpretation: G.D.A., Literature Search: D.K., G.D.A., Writing: B.Ö., B.G.

Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure: The authors declared that this study received no financial support.


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