Dutch researchers said using FDG PET/CT in pretreatment imaging of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma yielded greater sensitivity compared with using FDG PET or CT only. Better images provided by the FDG PET/CT scans made additional imaging unnecessary and prevented futile procedures and treatments, allowing for average savings of between $303 and $903 for every patient, the study said. The researchers, however, said findings could differ in other countries, depending on health policies and medical costs.

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