JNM: FDG-PET/CT helps identify ruptured AAA risk

October 4, 2013

Several newly identified markers could provide valuable insight into predicting the risk of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).

FDG-PET/CT imaging showed that dense white blood cells in the outermost connective tissue in the vascular wall, increased C-reactive protein, and a loss of smooth muscle cells in the middle layer of the vascular wall are all factors that may indicate AAA rupture, according to new research published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine (October 2013, Vol. 54:10, pp. 1740-1747).