Utilidad de la PET/TC en el cáncer de pulmón

Authors: I. Pinilla a,* y N.Gómez León b

*Autor para correspondencia.

Mail: [email protected] (I.Pinilla).

The usefulness of PET/CT in lung cancer


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death. Accurate staging is essential for the optimal management and treatment of these patients.Positron emission tomography (PET) and,more recently, PET/CT have been introduced into the diagnostic algorithms for oncologic patients because they provide valuable functional information. The hybrid PET/ CT technique acquires both anatomic (CT) and metabolic (PET) images in asinglesession, combining the benefits of each modality and minimizing their limitations. This article reviews the role of PET/CT in lung cancer staging, with emphasis onnon-small cell carcinoma, evaluating the advantages and limitations of the technique. Other applications of the technique, such as planning radiotherapy, areal so discussed.