Response is the logical outcome measure of a treatment in a clinical or research setting. Objective response assessment involves the use of a test to segregate patients who are likely to experience improved surviv-al from those who are not. Early and accurate response assessment is critical for determining therapy effectiveness in clinical settings, for ef-fective trial designs comparing two or more therapies, and for modulat-ing treatment on the basis of response (ie, response-adapted therapy). 2-[fluorine 18]fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (FDG) PET/CT can provide both functional and structural information about a disease process. It has been used at several stages of patient management, including imaging-based tumor response assessment, for various malignancies. FDG PET/CT can be used to differentiate patients with lymphoma who have a residual mass but no residual disease after treatment (ie, com-plete responders) from those who have a residual mass and residual disease after treatment. Similarly, in solid malignancies, the functional changes in glucose uptake and metabolism precede the structural changes (commonly seen as tumor shrinkage) and necrosis. Response assessment criteria have been developed on the basis of findings on FDG PET/CT images and are continuously being revised to ensure standardization and improve their predictive performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere220122
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2023


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