Value of PET imaging for radiation therapy

Strahlenther Onkol. 2021 Sep;197(9):1-23. doi: 10.1007/s00066-021-01812-2. Epub 2021 Jul 14.


This comprehensive review written by experts in their field gives an overview on the current status of incorporating positron emission tomography (PET) into radiation treatment planning. Moreover, it highlights ongoing studies for treatment individualisation and per-treatment tumour response monitoring for various primary tumours. Novel tracers and image analysis methods are discussed. The authors believe this contribution to be of crucial value for experts in the field as well as for policy makers deciding on the reimbursement of this powerful imaging modality.

Keywords: Functional imaging; PET; Radiation oncology; Radiomics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Neoplasms* / radiotherapy
  • Positron-Emission Tomography* / methods
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / methods