Mehdi Djekidel MD

Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology; Director of Nuclear Radiology and PET-CT Fellowships

Research Interests

PET Imaging in Epilepsy; Imaging in Tourette's; Imaging Biomarkers; Radioproteomics; Radiogenomics; Quantitation

Research Summary

Dr Djekidel strives to improve current imaging techniques used in the diagnosis and followup of various cancers. He is also exploring ways to improve brain imaging in epilepsy and tourette's.

Extensive Research Description

Hybrid imaging techniques have been introduced into the clinic including SPECT-CT. Dr Djekidel is a strong proponent of appropriate utilization of these techniques and has shown the increased value in white blood cell imaging and damaged RBC imaging for splenosis evaluation. Other authors have extensively described their benefit for other applications. He is also exploring the utilization of SPECT-CT and PET-CT in Sirtex treatments. These hybrid techniques should be the mainstay for many aindications and should be approved for reimbursement (cuurently not).

He is looking into radiogenomics and radioproteomics in cancers.

His research involves novel imaging of mGluR5 using clinical PET imaging in medically refractory patients.

He is imaging changes in Tourette's patients using SPECT HMPAO.

He is a co Pi on a grant evaluating the potential for predicting lung cancer molecular subtypes using FDG PET-CT scan imaging biomarkers.

Selected Publications

  • Ahmed R, Yao X, Fourzali Y, Djekidel M (2013) Pre-Treatment FDG PET Bone Marrow (BM) Uptake and Disease Involvement. Can Semiquantitative Measures Discriminate Between A Normal, Hypercellular or Infiltrated Bone Marrow? J Bone Marrow Res 1: 115. doi:10.4172/jbmr.1000115
  • Djekidel M (2013) The Metabolic Signature of Tumors as an Imaging Biomarker in Staging, Restaging and Therapy Response on FDG PET. OMICS J Radiology 2: 116 doi:10.4172/2167-7964.1000116
  • Djekidel M, Wang P, Piert M, Mukherji SK, Brown RK (2013) Warthin’s Tumor Multimodality Imaging. Anatomical and Scintigraphy Imaging Review, Including PET-CT and SPECT-CT. OMICS J Radiology 2: 117 doi:10.4172/2167-7964.1000117
  • Djekidel M, Brown R, and Piert M. Benefits of Hybrid SPECT/CT For 111In- or 99mTc-HMPAO-Labeled Leukocyte Imaging. Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 2011• Volume 36, Number 6.
  • Djekidel M, Michael G, Shah R. B, Gross M., and Anca A. Renal Metastasis from Hurthle Cell Thyroid Carcinoma and its Evaluation with Hybrid Imaging. Thyroid. 2010, 20(4): 429-33
  • Gross M, Djekidel M, Hay R V, and Rubello D. Scintigraphic localization of adrenal tumors. Minerva Endocronol.2009, 34(2): 171-84
  • Gross M, Korobkin M, Bou Assaly W, Dwamena B and Djekidel M. Contemporary imaging of incidentally discovered adrenal masses. Nature Reviews Urology. 2009,6,363-373

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