Combined PET/CT Imaging in Oncology. Impact on Patient Management.
PG Kluetz, CC Meltzer, VL Villemagne, PE Kinahan, S Chander, MA Martinelli, DW Townsend
Molecular Imaging and Biology | Published : 2000
Purpose: In this work, we describe five oncology patients whose clinical management were uniquely benefited by a novel scanner that acquires positron emission tomography (PET) and x-ray computed tomography (CT) in the same imaging session.Procedures: Co-registered 2-[F(18)]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG)-PET and CT images were acquired using a combined PET/CT scanner. Pathology and clinical follow-up data were used to confirm PET/CT scan results.Results: The combined PET/CT scanner demonstrated the ability to distinguish malignant lesions from normal physiologic FDG uptake in the striated muscles of the head and neck as well as excretory and bowel activity in the abdomen and pelvis. Addition..View full abstract