The use of positron emission tomographic imaging for image-guided therapy

Elizabeth Kidd, Perry Grigsby

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FDG-PET is an important tool for cervical cancer radiation treatment planning, both for external irradiation and brachytherapy. The ability of FDG-PET to accurately define the primary cervical tumor volume and areas of lymph node metastasis greatly facilitates radiation treatment planning. The information provided by FDG-PET has the potential to change treatment field size and/or dose parameters for cervical cancer patients. FDG-PET brachytherapy planning uniquely demonstrates the three-dimensional relationship of the cervical tumor, adjacent organs, and treatment applicators, which could allow for treatment optimization. Besides demonstrating valuable anatomic information, FDG-PET also provides functional information which has been shown to have prognostic value and represents another aspect of how FDG-PET can influence cervical cancer radiation treatment planning. FDG-PET, already a routine imaging tool, is likely to play a larger role for cervical cancer and radiation therapy treatment planning in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGynecologic Radiation Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationNovel Approaches to Image-Guidance and Management
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783540689546
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


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