Melanoma 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 Melanoma
Note: The sensitivity of PET/CT for detecting regional lymph node involvement is low due to micrometastatic disease which is too small to detect. Evaluation of local and regional lymph node metastases is performed by sentinel node mapping and biopsy.
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