Value of FDG PET in the management of NSCLC

Lung Cancer. 2004 Aug;45 Suppl 2:S75-8. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2004.07.989.


Metabolic imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fluoro-2-deoxy-glucose (FDG) has been accepted as an important imaging modality in lung cancer. FDG PET may have important impacts on the management of lung-cancer patients, for instance by improvement of locoregional (mediastinal) and extrathoracic staging (unexpected metastases). Interesting findings have now been reported in the response assessment to induction therapy providing results of greater prognostic significance than that obtained by conventional imaging methods. In the field of thoracic irradiation, FDG PET may provide advantages in terms of reduced toxicity, treatment intensification, better local tumour control and increased survival.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / therapy
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy
  • Neoplasm Metastasis / diagnostic imaging
  • Neoplasm Staging / methods
  • Radiopharmaceuticals*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed*


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18