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Multiple myeloma (MM) is a neoplastic monoclonal proliferation of plasma cells, mainly involving bone marrow. To properly stage and manage patients with MM the clinician needs at first a complete skeletal survey. Today none of diagnostic imaging methods is able to answer alone to all questions in staging, treatment and follow up. Bone scintigraphy is affected by a low sensitivity. Tc-99m MIBI has been proposed in staging and in follow-up , with most relevant clinical information deriving from the correlation of its whole body uptake's distribution with extent and activity of the disease. PET - FDG has been proposed in MM for its skill to detect whole-body metabolic active disease, producing relevant information in staging and prognosis. First studies demonstrated that PET-FDG is more sensitive than other imaging modalities for localizing extra medullary sites of disease.


Andrea Vaccaro, Maria Rosaria Prisco, Gianluca Gatta, Michele Scialpi. New diagnostic imaging approaches in multiple myeloma]. Recenti progressi in medicina. 2012 Nov;103(11):410-6

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