The Use of FDG PET/CT imaging in Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

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Cross-sectional imaging is a cornerstone of management of patients with carcinoma of the head and neck and commonly Computerised Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are used. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is being increasingly used in the UK when combined with CT (hence PET/CT) to provide cross-sectional anatomical detail fused with images representative of tissue metabolic rate to provide information on both anatomy and function. We present an overview of the basic science behind PET/CT, typical applications in UK practice and limitations of its use in patients with carcinoma of the head & neck.

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  • Authors: Moor J & Veer V
  • Keywords: Head & Neck neoplasms, Positron Emission Tomography, Diagnostic imaging, Tomography, X-Ray Computed.
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