Journal article

Role of Functional Imaging in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography and Beyond

Sandro V Porceddu, Bryan H Burmeister, Rodney J Hicks

HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Positron emission tomography (PET) has emerged as an integral diagnostic tool in the management of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). This article reviews the usefulness and ongoing dilemmas of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (18-F FDG) PET and FDG PET/CT in HNSCC. In addition, it examines the potential role of novel markers and biologic characterization of disease, which in the future may assist in targeted therapeutic strategies.