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This meta-analysis aims to compare the diagnostic performance of l-3-18F-α-methyl tyrosine (18F-FAMT) positron emission tomography (PET) and 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-d-glucose (18F-FDG) PET for malignancy detection.
The workflow of this study follows Cochrane Collaboration Guidelines of a systematic review of diagnostic test accuracy studies. An electronic search was performed for clinical diagnostic studies directly comparing 18F-FAMT and 18F-FDG PET for malignant tumors. Study quality, the risks of bias and sources of variation among studies were assessed using the QUADAS (Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies) assessment tool. A separate meta-analysis was performed for diagnostic performance based on visual assessment and diagnostic cut-off values. Whenever possible, a bivariate random-effect model was used for analysis and pooling of diagnostic measures across studies.
Electronic search revealed 56 peer-reviewed basic science investigations and clinical studies. Six eligible studies (272 patients) of various type of cancer were meta-analyzed. The 18F-FAMT diagnostic accuracy for malignancy was higher than 18F-FDG based on both visual assessment (diagnostic odd ratio (DOR): 8.90, 95% confidence interval (CI) [2.4, 32.5]) vs 4.63, 95% CI [1.8, 12.2], area under curve (AUC): 77.4% vs 72.8%) and diagnostic cut-off (DOR: 13.83, 95% CI [6.3, 30.6] vs 7.85, 95% CI [3.7, 16.8], AUC: 85.6% vs 80.2%), respectively. While the average sensitivity and specificity of 18F-FAMT and 18F-FDG based on visual assessment were similar, 18F-FAMT was significantly more specific than 18F-FDG (p < 0.05) based on diagnostic cut-off values.
18F-FAMT is more specific for malignancy than 18F-FDG, while their sensitivity is comparable. 18F-FAMT PET is equal to 18F-FDG PET in diagnostic performance for malignancy detection in several cancer types.
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