Performance of integrated positron emission tomography/computed tomography for mediastinal nodal staging in non-small cell lung carcinoma

Thorac Surg Clin. 2013 May;23(2):193-8. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2013.01.014. Epub 2013 Feb 19.


Integrated positron emission tomography (PET)/CT is routinely used for mediastinal nodal staging of non-small cell lung carcinoma in centers throughout the world. This modality is the most accurate noninvasive means by which to identify metastatic disease in mediastinal lymph nodes. This article reviews the evidence supporting the use of PET/CT and discusses the clinical applicability of this modality.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / therapy
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy
  • Lymph Nodes / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Mediastinum
  • Multimodal Imaging / methods*
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Positron-Emission Tomography*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*