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Introduction and Acknowledgements

Title: PET Standard Uptake Value Computation
Author(s)/Contributor(s): Wendy Plesniak (SPL, BWH), Nicole Aucoin (SPL, BWH), Ron Kikinis (SPL, BWH)
Acknowledgements: This work is funded by the Harvard Catalyst, and the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NAMIC), funded by the National Institutes of Health through the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, Grant U54 EB005149.
Contact: Nicole Aucoin, <email></email>

Information on NA-MIC can be obtained from the NA-MIC website.

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Module Description

Computes the standardized uptake value based on body weight. Takes an input PET image in DICOM and NRRD format (DICOM header must contain Radiopharmaceutical parameters). Produces a CSV file that contains patientID, studyDate, dose, labelID, suvmin, suvmax, suvmean, labelName for each volume of interest. It also displays some of the information as output strings in the GUI, the CSV file is optional in that case. The CSV file is appended to on each execution of the CLI.

See references for more details.

Use Cases

This command line module was developed for a special use case in which many different VOIs were specified on the fused structural and PET images; SUV maximum, SUV minimum, SUV mean were computed for each of these labels and the resulting quanitative measures were output to a comma-separated value (csv) file of the user's choosing.

Since various study parameters for the datasets are required for these measurements, a pointer to the DICOM directory is also provided to the computation.

This module does not visualize the functional and structural dataset. Instead, it saves all measurements to the csv file as well as showing the following quantitative measures in Slicer's interface: label name, label value, SUV max, SUV mean, SUV minimum.

PET and CT volumes with SUV computation


Panels and their use

  • Image and Information: Input parameters
    • PET DICOM volume path (PETDICOMPath): Input path to a directory containing a PET volume containing DICOM header information for SUV computation
    • Input PET Volume (PETVolume): Input PET volume for SUVbw computation (must be the same volume as pointed to by the DICOM path!).
    • Input VOI Volume (VOIVolume): Input label volume containing the volumes of interest
  • Output: The Ouptut file collects the information on disk from the output label, suv max/mean/min output stringsin the gui, plus some extra information from the DICOM header.
    • Output (csv) file (OutputCSV): A file holding the output SUV values in comma separated lines, one per label. Optional.
    • Output Label (OutputLabel): List of labels for which SUV values were computed
    • Output Label Value (OutputLabelValue): List of label values for which SUV values were computed
    • SUV Max (SUVMax): SUV max for each label
    • SUV Mean (SUVMean): SUV mean for each label
    • SUV Minimum (SUVMin): SUV minimum for each label

List of parameters generated transforming this XML file using this XSL file. To update the URL of the XML file, edit this page.

Similar Modules

  • The Slicer3 PETCTFusion module formed the basis of this module.


  • Mercea P. Quantification of Longitudinal Tumor Changes using PET Imaging in 3D Slicer. Master's Thesis, Ruperto Carola University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2013.

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