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Cancer Imaging

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 87–89

First Online: 05 May 2015Accepted: 15 September 2001


The ability to demonstrate tumour foci that are undetected by conventional imaging has resulted in the emergence of positron emission tomography PET as a valuable clinical tool in oncology. This article describes the technique and indications for fluorine-18 labelled fluorodeoxyglucose FDG-PET in lung cancer, demonstrating the high accuracy and cost-effectiveness of FDG-PET in the characterisation of solitary pulmonary nodules and in the pre-operative staging of non-small cell lung cancer. Emerging roles in determination of prognosis, radiotherapy planning, therapy monitoring and diagnosis of recurrence are illustrated.

KeywordsPositron emission tomography lung neoplasms diagnostic methods This paper is available online at In the event of a change in the URL address, please use the DOI provided to locate the paper.

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Author: K. A. Miles


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