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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-76

Positron emission tomography in the management of lung cancer


Department of Nuclear Medicine, Imam Reza Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Vahid Reza Dabbagh Kakhki
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Imam Reza Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad
Iran
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.32235

PMID: 19727351

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18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is a useful technique to characterize the solitary pulmonary nodule, diagnose primary lung cancer, carry out mediastinal and extrathoracic staging, plan radiotherapy, therapeutic response assessment and detect recurrence. PET may help to determine the ideal site for tissue diagnosis as well as predict prognosis. Combined PET and computed tomography (PET / CT) has the best of both worlds of metabolic and anatomic imaging and may provide optimal disease assessment.


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