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Performance of FDG PET for Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease in Two Independent Multicentre Samples (NEST-DD and ADNI)Haense C.a, b · Herholz K.b · Jagust W.J.c · Heiss W.D.a
aMax Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany; bWolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; cSchool of Public Health and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, Calif., USA Corresponding Author
Prof. Karl Herholz
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Aim: We investigated the performance of FDG PET using an automated procedure for discrimination between Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and controls, and studied the influence of demographic and technical factors. Methods: FDG PET data were obtained from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) [102 controls (76.0 ± 4.9 years) and 89 AD patients (75.7 ± 7.6 years, MMSE 23.5 ± 2.1) and the Network for Standardisation of Dementia Diagnosis (NEST-DD) [36 controls (62.2 ± 5.0 years) and 237 AD patients (70.8 ± 8.3 years, MMSE 20.9 ± 4.4). The procedure created t-maps of abnormal voxels. The sum of t-values in predefined areas that are typically affected by AD (AD t-sum) provided a measure of scan abnormality associated with a preset threshold for discrimination between patients and controls. Results: AD patients had much higher AD t-sum scores compared to controls (p < 0.01), which were significantly related to dementia severity (ADNI: r = –0.62, p < 0.01; NEST-DD: r = –0.59, p < 0.01). Early-onset AD patients had significantly higher AD t-sum scores than late-onset AD patients (p < 0.01). Differences between databases were mainly due to different age distributions. The predefined AD t-sum threshold yielded a sensitivity and specificity of 83 and 78% in ADNI and 78 and 94% in NEST-DD, respectively. Conclusion: The automated FDG PET analysis procedure provided good discrimination power, and was most accurate for early-onset AD.
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