PET-CT: current applications and new developments in the thorax.
Positron emission tomography computed tomography(PET-CT) imaging has emerged as an essential clinical diagnostic tool in the evaluation of thoracic abnormalities. Currently, its primary role is for tumor imaging; it helps to differentiate benign from malignant nodules, stage tumors, determine response, and follow patients after therapy is complete. It has also been used for nononcologic diseases, but the indications are less well defined. PET is a fundamental component of the molecular imaging initiative, and as new more specific imaging probes and better instrumentation are developed, PET-CT is certain to improve diagnostic accuracy and become even more integrated into the imaging armamentarium.
Erasmus, JJ; Mawlawi, O; Howard, B; Patz, EF
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