Optimizing the role of FDG PET-CT for potentially operable metastatic colorectal cancer.

Published on Feb 28, 2012in Abdominal Imaging
· DOI :10.1007/S00261-012-9855-9
A. D. Culverwell2
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(Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust),
Fahmid U. Chowdhury18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust),
Andrew Scarsbrook29
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(Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
Recent treatment advances now allow a realistic chance of cure in selected patients with metastatic colorectal carcinoma (CRC). Accurate pre-treatment staging is crucial to ensure appropriate management by identification of patients with more advanced disease who will not benefit from surgery. 18Fluorine 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET–CT) has a firmly established role in staging, restaging, and recurrence detection of a range of tumors. This article will review the role of PET–CT in patients with CRC with a particular emphasis on optimizing the technique in patients with potentially operable metastatic disease.
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