PET/CT in non-small cell lung cancer staging-promises and problems

Clin Radiol. 2007 Feb;62(2):97-108. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2006.09.015.


Integrated positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has many advantages over solitary PET and CT, which has led it to become an increasingly established imaging technique in the management of many cancers. This article will review the evidence for the role of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT in non-small cell lung cancer staging, examining its strengths, weaknesses and cost-effectiveness.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung* / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung* / pathology
  • Contrast Media
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • False Negative Reactions
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18 / pharmacokinetics
  • Health Care Costs
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Neoplasm Staging / methods*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / economics
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / methods*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals / pharmacokinetics
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / economics
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*


  • Contrast Media
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18