Study: PET/CT improves diagnosis of malignant cardiac tumors

06/25/2012 | MolecularImaging.net

PET/CT imaging with 18F-FDG was able to diagnose malignancy with 100% sensitivity, 96% accuracy and 86% specificity in patients with newly diagnosed cardiac tumors, according to German researchers. By way of comparison, morphologic imaging achieved sensitivity of 82%, accuracy of 83% and specificity of 86%, the study said. Although the researchers recommend further study, the findings indicate PET/CT imaging with 18F-FDG can be used to help differentiate between benign and malignant tumors and to diagnose metastases, they said.

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