The role of FDG-PET in the preoperative assessment of N-staging in head and neck cancer

Acta Otolaryngol. 1996 Mar;116(2):332-5. doi: 10.3109/00016489609137852.


This prospective study based on 48 patients showed that FDG-PET has a significantly higher sensitivity for the detection of lymph node metastases compared with palpation and it appears that FDG-PET has a similar sensitivity to CT-scanning. According to our data, FDG-PET is a highly specific method in the evaluation of neck nodes. This new imaging technique allows a tridimensional study and is easy to interpret. Therefore, FDG-PET seems to be a valuable imaging technique for the detection of cervical lymph node metastasis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / pathology
  • Deoxyglucose / analogs & derivatives*
  • Female
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Humans
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Lymphoma / diagnosis
  • Lymphoma / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Oropharynx / pathology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Deoxyglucose