Selene Capitanio, Andrea Bruno, Department of Nuclear Medicine, A.O. Papa Giovanni XXIII, 24127 Bergamo, Italy
Francesca Bongioanni, Michele Pennone, Ambra Buschiazzo, Irene Bossert, Francesco Fiz, Gianmario Sambuceti, Silvia Morbelli, Nuclear Medicine, IRCCS AOU San Martino-IST, Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa, 16132 Genoa, Italy
Arnoldo Piccardo, Mehrdad Naseri, Vania Altrinetti, Department of Nuclear Medicine, E.O. Ospedali Galliera, 16128 Genoa, Italy
Andrea DeCensi, Department of Medical Oncology, E.O. Ospedali Galliera, 16128 Genoa, Italy
Claudio Campus, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, 16163 Genoa, Italy
Roberta Gonella, Lucia Tixi, Dipartimento di Terapie Oncologiche Integrate, Clinica di Medicina Interna a indirizzo oncologico, 16132 Genoa, Italy
Author contributions: Capitanio S performed the literature search and drafted the manuscript; Bongioanni F, Naseri M, Pennone M, Altrinetti V, Buschiazzo A, Bossert I and Fiz F collected the data and took care of patients during diagnostic exams; Campus C performed the statistical analysis; Gonella R, Tixi L and DeCensi A took care of patients during follow-up; Piccardo A, Bruno A, DeCensi A, Sambuceti G, and Morbelli S made critical revisions to the manuscript relating to important intellectual content; Morbelli S designed the study and gave final approval for the version of the article to be published; all authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Institutional review board statement: The Internal Review Board (Comitato Etico Regionale della Liguria) evaluated and approved this retrospective study.
Informed consent statement: All study participants, or their legal guardians, provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment. We did not report any details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under study.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Silvia Morbelli, Full Staff Nuclear Medicine Physician, Nuclear Medicine, IRCCS AOU San Martino-IST, Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa, L.go R. Benzi 10, 16132 Genova, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: May 28, 2015
Peer-review started: May 31, 2015
First decision: September 18, 2015
Revised: October 23, 2015
Accepted: December 9, 2015
Article in press: December 11, 2015
Published online: February 28, 2016