A new pitfall on abdominal PET/CT: A retained surgical sponge

Eduard Ghersin, Zohar Keidar, Olga R. Brook, Marco A. Amendola, Ahuva Engel

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Positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) and multidetector CT findings of an abdominal retained surgical sponge (RSS) are presented. A PET/CT study performed for evaluation of a suspected abdominal tumor demonstrated the inconclusive finding of a hypometabolic area surrounded by increased 2-[fluorine-18] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose uptake. Follow-up contrast-enhanced multidetector CT suggested the correct diagnosis of an RSS. This is the first known report of the PET/CT appearance of an RSS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-841
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Multidetector computed tomography
  • Positron emission tomography/computed tomography
  • Retained surgical sponge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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