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May 28, 2005

PET/CT Can Identify New Cancer Lesions At Early Stage, Allowing For Prompt Treatment

Topics: Medicine

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Md., reports that whole-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scans may help physicians identify new, unexpected malignant cancerous tumors in patients, according to an article in the May issue of the Society of Nuclear Medicine's Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

"PET/CT can help find additional lesions in patients known to have cancer," said SNM member Richard L. Wahl, M.D., director of nuclear medicine/PET at the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. PET/CT scans from nearly 2,000 cancer patients over a two-year period were evaluated retrospectively, explained Wahl, who was one of the first in the world and the first in this country to prove that PET could accurately diagnose breast cancer, melanoma and ovarian cancer and that it was superior to CT in staging lung cancer.

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Posted by Hyscience at May 28, 2005 7:22 PM

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