PET/CT for staging and follow-up of pediatric nasopharyngeal carcinoma

European Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, 05/04/2012

FDG PET/CT may underestimate tumor extent and regional lymphadenopathy compared with MRI at the time of diagnosis, but it helps to detect metastases and clarify ambiguous findings. FDG PET/CT is sensitive and specific for follow–up and enables earlier determination of disease remission. FDG PET/CT is a valuable imaging modality for the evaluation and monitoring of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) in pediatric patients.

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