Study: 18FDG PET/CT can help avoid unnecessary thyroid surgery

04/20/2011 | MolecularImaging.net

A negative 18-FDG PET/CT scan can rule out malignancies in patients with thyroid nodules and help avoid unnecessary thyroid surgery, according to a Swiss study published in Clinical Endocrinology. Forty-one of the 88 patients in the study who had negative 18-FDG PET/CT scan results did not have a final histological diagnosis of malignancy, and the method did not yield any false-negative results, the researchers said.

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