Esophageal 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 Esophageal Cancer

  1. Detecting distant metastatic disease to abdominal lymph nodes, liver, lung, bone and adrenal glands
  2. Determining resectability of disease
  3. Distinguishing recurrent disease versus scar tissue after surgery
  4. Evaluating patient response to treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation during the course of treatment
  5. Determining efficacy of treatment regimen at completion of 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 Initial staging Dr. David Townsend, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN, USA
Case 02 Restaging study Dr. Todd Blodgett, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA