The use of PET/CT in follicular neoplasms has been shown to sort out two groups. 28 / 86 patients with FN had PET/CT imaging. 6/28 had high SUV max of >5. and sent to surgery. 22/28 had low SUV max> 5. All 22 had thyroid RF ablation. 12 month reduction was 74%. One temporary vocal palsy recovered by 3 months. No post RFA hypothyroidism occurred.
Conclusion: Thyroid RFA offers a safe feasible alternative to surgery in for low SUV FN.
Lin WC et al Int J.Hperthermia 2021 38 (1) 963-969
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