More studies needed to pinpoint use of FDG-PET in thyroid patients

04/27/2011 | (free registration)

Dutch researchers who reviewed six studies involving 225 patients with thyroid nodules said the use of FDG-PET to determine the need for surgery yielded low positive predictive value. The finding suggests that "the incorporation of FDG-PET into the initial workup of such patients before surgery deserves further investigation," lead author Dr. Dennis Vriens and colleagues wrote in the journal Cancer. The researchers plan to conduct further studies to determine the role of FDG-PET in the care of such patients.

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