Tc-99m MIBI to evaluate children with Ewing's sarcoma

Zvi Bar-Sever*, Ian J. Cohen, Leonard P. Connolly, Gad Horev, Tamar Perri, S. Ted Treves, Ruth Hardoff

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Purpose: Tc-99m MIBI has been used increasingly to evaluate benign and malignant tumors because of its tumor-seeking properties and ability to provide an imaging assessment of multiple-drug resistance. This study investigated the clinical utility of Tc-99m MIBI in the management of Ewing's sarcoma in children. Methods: Thirteen Tc-99m MIBI studies in nine (six male, three female) patients ages 6.5 to 20 years (mean, 13.4 years) with Ewing's sarcoma were reviewed. All patients had imaging studies at diagnosis, and four had follow-up studies during or after therapy. Scintigraphy was evaluated for Tc-99m MIBI uptake within the tumor and in metastases, which other imaging modalities had shown to be present in four patients. Scintigraphic results were correlated with the clinical course in all patients and with tumor P-glycoprotein status in six patients. Results: Tc- 99m MIBI accumulated in 6 of 9 primary tumors and did not accumulate in one recurrent tumor. No metastases showed Tc-99m MIBI uptake. The presence or absence of Tc-99m MIBI uptake at diagnosis or after therapy carried no prognostic significance. Tc-99m MIBI was present in the two tumors that were P-glycoprotein positive and in only one of four tumors that were P- glycoprotein negative. Conclusion: Tc-99m MIBI imaging does not appear to be useful in Ewing's sarcoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-413
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2000


  • Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Multidrug Resistance
  • P-Glycoprotein
  • Tc-99m MIBI


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