Issues specific to implementing PET-CT for pediatric oncology: what we have learned along the way

Pediatr Radiol. 2004 Mar;34(3):205-13. doi: 10.1007/s00247-003-1111-6. Epub 2004 Jan 27.


In parallel with the expansion of PET imaging to pediatric patients has been the technological development of merging state-of-the-art cross-sectional anatomic information (CT) with functional imaging (PET) into a single modality: PET-CT. Attending to the clinical, scheduling, and medical needs that are unique to imaging children and adolescents can be a challenge, particularly when instituting a single new modality. When that modality bridges two unique, previously independent methods-often previously located in two separate departmental divisions-the details and logistics required to set up a smoothly functioning process can be particularly difficult. This paper focuses on our experience in implementing PET-CT in a tertiary pediatric referral center.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*