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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130-133

Multimodality molecular imaging (FDG-PET/CT, US elastography, and DWI-MRI) as complimentary adjunct for enhancing diagnostic confidence in reported intermediate risk category thyroid nodules on bethesda thyroid cytopathology reporting system

1 Radiation Medicine Centre, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiology, Tata Memorial Hospital Annexe, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Sandip Basu
Radiation Medicine Centre (BARC), Tata Memorial Hospital Annexe, Jerbai Wadia Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/1450-1147.176883

PMID: 27134564

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The potential complimentary role of various molecular imaging modalities [fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT), ultrasound (US)-elastography, and  diffusion weighted imaging-magnetic resonance imaging (DWI-MRI)] in characterizing thyroid nodules, which have been designated as "intermediate risk category" on the  Bethesda thyroid cytopathology reporting system (BTCRS), is illustrated in this communication. The clinical cases described (category III thyroid nodules on BTCRS) show the imaging features and  the final diagnostic impressions rendered by the interpreting physicians with the modalities that have been independently compared in a tabular format at the end; of particular note is the high negative predictive value of these (specifically FDG-PET/CT), which could aid in enhancing the diagnostic confidence in the reported "intermediate risk category" thyroid nodules, a "gray zone" from the patient management viewpoint.

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