[Cost-effective PET investigations in oncology]

Magy Onkol. 2002;46(3):203-23. Epub 2002 Oct 6.
[Article in Hungarian]


The authors have reviewed the financial considerations of oncological FDG PET examinations by the guidelines of the Health Care Financing Administration (USA). By critical assessment of large number of clinical investigations,the cost-effectiveness of FDG PET scans has been confirmed in the following cases: differential diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodule, diagnosis,staging and restaging of non-small cell lung cancer, colorectal cancer, malignant lymphomas, melanoma malignum, esophageal neoplasms and cancers of the head and neck. The role of this method in breast cancer is currently under intensive investigation. Due to the correct staging, PET examinations in these indications enable the clinicians to choose the optimal treatment ensuring the maximum probability of recovery and being cost-effective as unnecessary medical interventions become avoidable.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Hungary
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Lymphoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Medicare
  • Melanoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Neoplasms / economics*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Solitary Pulmonary Nodule / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed / economics*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / economics
  • United States


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18