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Table 2 Differences in semi-quantitative values for all involved organ systems including the heart and for those of the heart alone between patients with daily oral steroid dose of less or equal to 10 mg and greater than 10 mg. * represents statistically significant difference

From: Semi-quantitative metabolic values on FDG PET/CT including extracardiac sites of disease as a predictor of treatment course in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis

  Organ system Daily steroid equal to or less than 10 mg Daily steroid greater than 10 mg P value
All involved organ systems Max SUV 8.8 ± 3.1 12.5 ± 3.3 * 0.04
Metabolic volume (ml) 343 ± 501 449 ± 215 0.17
Total lesion glycolysis (g) 1340 ± 1349 1986 ± 1054 0.13
  Max SUV 8.5 ± 3.1 11.9 ± 4.0 0.078
Heart Metabolic volume (ml) 108 ± 118 296 ± 202 0.078
  Total lesion glycolysis (g) 473 ± 517 1328 ± 879 0.078