PET scans in radiotherapy planning of lung cancer

Radiother Oncol. 2010 Sep;96(3):335-8. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2010.07.002. Epub 2010 Jul 23.


Especially for non-small cell lung cancer, FDG-PET has in the majority of the patients led to the safe decrease of radiotherapy volumes, enabling radiation-dose escalation and, experimentally, redistribution of radiation doses within the tumor. In limited-disease small cell lung cancer, the role of FDG-PET is emerging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / radiotherapy
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell / radiotherapy
  • Cell Hypoxia
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / methods*
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / methods*