The value of positron emission tomography (PET) in the management of patients with thyroid cancer

Richard J. Robbins, Steven M. Larson

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Abstract

For more than a decade, positron emission tomography (PET) has had an important role in the management of thyroid cancer patients. It may be involved in initial, sometimes inadvertent, diagnosis; in postoperative evaluation; in detection of occult metastases; in the evaluation of thyroid nodules; and in prognostication of metastatic disease. In this review we will update the advances in the application of PET scanning to optimal patient management. The majority of the published studies to date have used 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) as the PET isotope, and unless specifically noted, all references to PET scanning will imply that this tracer has been used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1059
Number of pages13
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

Keywords

  • Fluoro-deoxyglucose
  • PET scanning
  • Thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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