Early and accurate detection of oncological disease is critical to the treatment and, ultimately, survival of patients suffering from cancer. In an effort to determine the accuracy of an integrated PET/CT scanner with more traditional diagnostic imaging methods for whole-body, malignant tumors, researchers in Essen, Germany, compared the imaging results of the integrated FDG-PET/CT with CT images alone, PET images alone, and CT and PET images viewed side-by-side.
The scientists theorized that the new technologically superior, dual-modality PET/CT would yield more accurate readings of tumor staging than previously used image capture methods. The German team presented their findings at the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s 51st Annual Meeting.
The study included 260 patients with a variety of oncological diseases. The patients underwent whole-body imaging, and the results of the four image sets--CT alone, PET alone, CT and PET viewed side by side, and integrated PET/CT--were evaluated by different reader teams according to the TNM (Tumor-Node-Metastasis) staging system. Histopathology and follow-up clinical assessment of the patients served as the baseline standard of reference.
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