Pharynx and esophagus: PET/CT

Jonathan E. McConathy, Farrokh Dehdashti

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This chapter reviews important considerations for the performance and interpretation of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET/CT in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with esophageal cancer. Accurate staging is the primary basis for selecting appropriate treatment for patients with esophageal cancer. Attention to patient preparation, imaging protocols, potential artifacts and diagnostic pitfalls are critical for performing high quality FDG-PET/CT studies. The most established role of FDG-PET/CT in esophageal cancer is for staging of disease, particularly for the detection of distant metastatic disease. There is also evidence that FDG-PET/CT can be used to evaluate response to neoadjuvant therapy, although the impact on patient outcomes is not yet well-established.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbdominal Imaging
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783642133275
ISBN (Print)3642133266, 9783642133268
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


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