CTN Webinar Descriptions

"F-DOPA: Its Use in CHI and Regulatory Status"

Speaker: Lisa States

Date: October 19, 2017 at 3:00pm ET 

SNMMI Member Fee: $49 | Nonmember Fee: $79

Congenital Hyperinsulinemia (HI) is a rare pediatric disorder affecting neonates and infants that requires specialized care and intervention. Join leading researcher Lisa States of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for a one hour webinar: F-DOPA: Its Use in CHI and Regulatory Status.

Dr. States will review the current clinical management of congenital HI and the role the 18F-DOPA scan plays in the care of neonates and infants with medically unresponsive hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. Chronic hypoglycemia puts infants at risk for unfavorable neurodevelopmental outcomes. HI can be due to focal or diffuse pancreatic disease. If focal, resection of the lesion results in a cure of hypoglycemia. 18F-DOPA has become standard of care for the detection of a focal lesion of hyperinsulinism, pancreatic beta cell adenomatosis. The indications for an 18F-DOPA PET scan and tips for interpretation will be discussed. Methods of synthesis and a recommended imaging protocol will be reviewed.