PET/CT in the Thorax. Pitfalls.

Mylene T. Truong*, Chitra Viswanathan, Brett W. Carter, Osama Mawlawi, Edith M. Marom

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PET/CT is widely used in the staging and assessment of therapeutic response in patients with malignancies. Accurate interpretation of PET/CT requires knowledge of the normal physiologic distribution of [18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy d-glucose, artifacts due to the use of CT for attenuation correction of the PET scan and potential pitfalls due to malignancies that are PET negative and benign conditions that are PET positive. Awareness of these artifacts and potential pitfalls is important in preventing misinterpretation that can alter patient management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Lung cancer
  • PET/CT
  • Pitfalls
  • Staging
  • Thorax


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