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 Lung Cancer
Characterizing indeterminate pulmonary nodules and distinguishing malignant pulmonary nodules from benign ones.
Staging and restaging of non-small cell lung cancers, including mediastinal, lymph node, or distant metastatic disease.
Evaluating for recurrent disease and detecting residual tumor following definitive therapy.
Planning for radiotherapy treatment in nonsurgical patients.
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.