Study Title

Contribution of Cerebral 18F-DOPA PET-CT Scan in High-grade Recurrent Gliomas : a Monocentric Pilot Impact Study on the Practices of Defining Target Volumes Before RAdiotherapy

Study Details


The use of contrast enhancement in enhancing -T1 MRI, due to the rupture of the blood-brain barrier may underestimate the volume to be irradiated. The natural course of these gliomas after first irradiation is a second relapse within 12 months with, in 40% of cases, relapses outside the initial radiation field. Amino acid PET-CT (Positon Emission Tomography with Computed Tomography) could be an interesting alternative to tumor delineation because its results, do not depend on the rupture of the blood-brain barrier. Several studies have used amino acid PET in the planning of radiotherapy treatment for high-grade gliomas, but without a well-conducted prospective study. In the recurrent high-grade glioma population, no studies have been performed with 18F-DOPA.( 6-fluoro-[18F]-L-dihydroxyphenylalanine) The question therefore relates to the interest of cerebral 18F-DOPA PET-CT to improve the delineation of the volumes to be re-irradiated, during the recurrence of high-grade gliomas, and on the optimal methodology for determining GTV- PET. To compare GTV-TEP and GTV-MRI volumes with each other, and the r-GTV, volume corresponding to the relapse objectified on the follow-up MRI, the analysis will be based on 3 parameters: DICE index, similarity index between 2 volumes, Contoured Common Volume (VCC), intersection of 2 volumes between them, Additional Contoured Volume (VSC), total volume delineated with imaging minus the common volume between 2 imageries. Thus, within the rGTV relapse volume, it's important to know whether VSC of 18F-DOPA PET-CT is significant compared to that of MRI and would thus allow better definition of the volumes to be irradiated.


Central Hospital, Nancy, France


Antoine VERGER, MD,PhD (Principal Investigator)

0383155567 ext +33

Véronique ROCH, MSc

0383154276 ext +33