Journal article

Role of FDG-PET/CT in staging and follow-up of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

D Mak, J Corry, E Lau, D Rischin, RJ Hicks

QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING | EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA | Published : 2011

Abstract

The established and emerging roles of FDG positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in the evaluation of squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck region is reviewed with a strong clinical focus on recommended applications and methodologies. In the staging of newly diagnosed disease, detection of cervical nodal involvement is the major indication but exclusion of distant metastases and of synchronous primary malignancy is also a valuable adjunct. Use in radiotherapy planning is advantageous for locally-advanced disease. Although there are few data yet to assess the use of FDG PET/CT to assess response during therapy, there is good evidence that this technique can accurately as..

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