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 Lymphoma
Initial staging, in conjunction with other tests, CT, patient history, laboratory tests, bone marrow biopsy and tissue biopsy
Selecting optimal site for tissue biopsy
Assessing residual disease following therapy
Detecting recurrent disease following therapy
Evaluating efficacy of treatment during the course of planned chemotherapy
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.
Oncologic PET/CT: A primer for radiologists by Stephen Humes, MD. AuntMinnie.com