PET/CT better than standard tests for advanced breast cancer

01/3/2013 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

FDG-PET/CT performed better than standard imaging, including bone scans, chest radiography and CT scans, in accurately detecting lesions in the chest, abdomen and bones in patients with locally advanced breast cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. FDG-PET/CT also modified disease staging in 52% of patients, allowing for an improvement in treatment. FDG-PET/CT identified distant metastases in 37% of patients, compared with 24% for conventional imaging, the study said.

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