• Vol. 33 No. 2, 166–174
  • 15 March 2004

The Role of FDG-PET in the Management of Non-small Cell Lung Carcinoma



Introduction: Positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-2-fluoro-2 deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) has been widely investigated and used in the non-invasive imaging of malignancy. Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is one of the most common and best validated indications for an FDG-PET scan. This review examines the roles of FDG-PET in the management of NSCLC and attempts to identify emerging uses and possible future developments.

Materials and Methods: Literature review of English language literature indexed on Medline.

Results: There is strong evidence to support the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness of FDG-PET in the characterisation of solitary pulmonary nodules and in the staging of NSCLC. In addition, there are emerging uses in radiotherapy planning, monitoring of treatment response and prognostication.

Conclusions: FDG-PET plays an integral role in the management of NSCLC and it is likely to expand as evidence supporting additional roles in the management of NSCLC becomes available.

Carcinoma of the lung is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women and is the second most common malignancy in both men and women. In 2003, it is estimated that there will be 171,900 new cases of lung carcinoma diagnosed in the United States and it will cause 157,200 deaths.

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