PET/CT effectively stages lung cancer in most patients

08/18/2009 | HealthImaging.com

Researchers found that whole-body PET/CT combined with cranial imaging helps pinpoint advanced nonsmall-cell lung cancer and prevent unnecessary thoracotomy in patients. However, the study also found that the strategy yielded false-positive outcomes that incorrectly upstaged the disease in some patients. The method could benefit patients who are likely candidates for curative treatment, but further comparisons between PET/CT and other staging methods are needed, an expert said.

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