PET/CT is a noninvasive test that physicians utilize to stage the body for the presence or absence of active tumor, localize the tumor, assess the tumor response to treatment and detect recurrence in treated lesions.
PET/CT Utilization for Breast Cancer
Identifying distant metastatic disease and locoregional recurrence, as an adjunct to conventional imaging modalities, in patients with high clinical suspicion of advanced disease
Evaluating internal mammary node involvement, and evaluating axillary nodes in women who will undergo neoadjuvant chemotherapy
Evaluating response to treatment, as an adjunct to conventional imaging modalities
Source: Atlas of Clinical Positron Emission Tomography by Sallie F. Barrington, Michael N. Maisey and Richard R. Wahl. Oxford University Press, Inc. New York, NY.