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Discussion The general statement that can be concluded from the studies comparing the utility of 18F–NaF PET or PET/CT with 99mTc- MDP whole body bone scintigraphy is that 18F–NaF PET/CT generally has a higher sensitivity and specificity than bone scan. Higher uptake of 18F–NaF than 99mTc- MDP in the skeleton and a faster blood clearance, yield a better target/background ratio in a shorter time period. 18F–NaF uptake in both lytic and blastic metastasis, sectional imaging advantage of the whole body and easy detection of small lesions with improved order N-(p-amylcinnamoyl) of PET technology, better visualization of bone marrow lesions are all contributing factors to the success of 18F–NaF PET/CT [7–16]. This is important in the way that 18F–NaF PET/CT may diagnose metastatic lesions while other modalities are found normal and thus alter the stage and management of the cancer patients. In our study, compatibly with the literature data, we observed 18F–NaF uptake in both lytic and blastic metastases. Small lesions, which could not be detected by 99mTc- MDP whole body bone scintigraphy, were easily visualized by the high-resolution power of PET/CT in 18F–NaF PET/CT studies. Although no bone marrow involvement could be demonstrated on 99mTc- MDP whole body bone scintigraphy, in some patients 18F–NaF showed an ability of true distinguishing of marrow lesions especially when focal uptake sites are close the joints where high uptake can be seen due to degenerative process. In studies comparing 18F–NaF PET/CT with 99mTc- MDP whole body bone scan and SPECT, although no statistically significant difference between the accuracy of SPECT and 18F–NaF PET was found, the investigators argued that 18F–NaF PET was still the best imaging tool for bone scanning since SPECT imaging of the entire vertebral column took quite a long time [14,17]. SPECT was beyond the scope of our study, but if could be performed, some other lesions, like the one missed in 99mTc- MDP whole body bone scintigraphy in the symphysis pubis due to bladder activity and the sphenoid bone metastasis which could not be differentiated in the anterior view of the MIP images, would possibly be detected also by bone scintigraphy on SPECT images. There are only a few studies directly comparing the effectiveness of 18F-FDG PET/CT and 18F–NaF PET/CT in the literature. Although the method of choice is 18F-FDG PET/CT for bone imaging in malignancies, which commonly present lytic bone metastases, it has been reported that the diagnostic accuracy of 18F–NaF PET/CT is higher than 18F-FDG PET/CT in various cancers [18–25]. In our study, 18F-FDG PET/CT and 18F–NaF PET/CT could be compared in 12 patients. 18F–NaF PET/CT showed a greater number of lesions in 10/12 patients. 18F-FDG PET/CT was negative for bone metastasis in the other 2 cases. The uptake of 18F-FDG in metastatic bone disease depends on the glycolytic activity of the tumoral bone lesions. Although it seems to be tumor specific, 18F-FDG has a limited sensitivity in detection of low-grade tumors growing slowly and have low glycolytic activity [22,23]. The types of the primary tumor of 12 patients who have also undergone 18F-FDG PET/CT were heterogeneous (2 breast, 4 lung, 1 nasopharynx, 1 cervix cancer, 1 RCC, 1 HL, 1 NHL and 1 uterine leiomyosarcoma). There exists a case report showing the effectiveness of 18F–NaF PET/CT in RCC . In our series, while there were only two bone lesions on 18F-FDG PET/CT of the RCC patient, 18F–NaF PET/CT revealed extensive skeletal metastasis. There are no studies specifically investigating the role of 18F–NaF PET/CT in lymphoma, nasopharynx cancer, NET or gynecological tumors. We demonstrated that in these cases 18F–NaF PET/CT was superior to 99mTc-MDP bone scan, 18F-FDG PET/CT and to Ga-68 DOTATATE PET/CT in NET. Although the number of patients is limited, our pilot findings may still contribute to the literature.