Colorectal Cancer PET/CT Utilization and Case Studies

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 Colorectal Cancer

  1. Detecting of tumor recurrence in patients with rising levels of serum CEA and otherwise normal radiographic studies
  2. Determining if a radiological abnormality is a resectable recurrence, its true extent, and if it has metastasized elsewhere
  3. Detecting intra-abdominal, hepatic or other metastases
  4. Detecting extrahepatic metastases before a potentially curable hepatic resection
  5. Evaluating efficacy of treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation
  6. Evaluating response to treatment
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.

Case Studies

Title Description Author
Case 01 Restaging study with rising CEA, stable CT Dr. Todd Blodgett, University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Case 02 Restaging study to identify metastatic recurrent disease Dr. Todd Blodgett, University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA