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Abstract #0883

[18F]FDG PET/MRI Of Patients With Chronic Pain Alters Management: Early Experience.

Daehyun Yoon1, Deepak Behera1, Dawn Holley1, Pamela Gallant1, Ma Agnes Martinez Ith2, Ian Carroll3, Matthew Smuck2, Brian Hargreaves1, and Sandip Biswal1

1Radiology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United States, 2Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United States, 3Anesthesia, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United States

The chronic pain sufferer is currently faced with a lack of objective tools to identify the source of their pain. Increased inflammation of the nervous system, vessels, muscles, and other tissues in chronic pain sufferers and [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging ([18F]FDG PET/MRI) has emerged as a sensitive clinical tool to identify increased inflammation. We plan to develop clinical [18F]FDG PET/MRI method to more accurately localize sites of hypermetabolic foci as it relates to pain generators. Early clinical results suggest that [18F]FDG PET/MRI can identify abnormalities in chronic pain patients and can immediately affect their management.

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