Standardized Uptake Value (SUV)

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QIBA FDG-PET/CT Standardized Uptake Value (SUV) Technical Subcommittee Charge

The objective of this subcommittee is to build a common reference DICOM test image that can be generated by each scanner and read on PET DICOM display stations to check information fidelity (i.e. next step beyond DICOM conformance statement)


  • Collected DICOM PET/CT images of the same reference phantom from scanners from GE, Philips, Siemens
  • Image data collated and compared to DICOM header information

Next Steps:

  • Discussion with scanner manufacturers and 3rd party display systems to find out what information and/or resources can be *shared
  • Determine expert(ise) from each company to participate in discussion
  • First-pass discussion to define test DICOM image set (KEY STEP)
  • Evaluation and modification
  • Explore IHE process for manufacturer-driven roll-out
  • Explore potential for moving further up the data generation stream, i.e., closer to raw data


  • Do we need to have a neutral broker (e.g. NEMA/MITA)?

SUV Subcommittee Members

  • Paul Kinahan, PhD, Subcommittee Co-chair <>
  • David Clunie, MBBS, Subcommittee Co-chair <>
  • Ronald Boellaard, PhD <>
  • Michael Casey, PhD <>
  • Paul E. Christian <>
  • Patricia E. Cole, PhD, MD <>
  • Simon DeBruin, MSEE <>
  • John M. Hoffman, MD <>
  • Steve Kohlmyer <>
  • Piotr Maniawski <>
  • Dennis Nelson, PhD <>
  • Eric S. Perlman, MD <>
  • Ling X. Shao, PhD, <>
  • John G. Wolodzko, PhD <>
  • Jeffrey Yap, PhD <>
  • Brian Zimmerman, PhD <>

Working Documents

Letter to vendors requesting detailed SUV computation description

Media:QIBA_FDG_Vendor_SUV_20081103_DAC.doc Letter sent to vendors

Media:QIBA_FDG_Vendor_SUV_20081103_DAC_JTY.doc Letter with additional questions from Jeff Yap

Vendor responses on SUV computation

Subcommittee Call Summaries