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
Detecting distant metastatic disease to abdominal lymph nodes, liver, lung, bone and adrenal glands
Determining resectability of disease
Distinguishing recurrent disease versus scar tissue after surgery
Evaluating patient response to treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation during the course of treatment
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.