Evaluation of distant metastases in esophageal cancer: 100 consecutive positron emission tomography scans.

@article{Luketich1999EvaluationOD,
  title={Evaluation of distant metastases in esophageal cancer: 100 consecutive positron emission tomography scans.},
  author={James D. Luketich and Deborah M. Friedman and Tracey Lee Weigel and M A Meehan and Robert J. Keenan and David W. Townsend and Carolyn C. Meltzer},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1999},
  volume={68 4},
  pages={1133-6; discussion 1136-7}
}
BACKGROUND Pilot studies suggest positron emission tomography (PET) scanning may be superior to conventional imaging in staging esophageal cancer, especially in the detection of radiographically occult distant metastases. This report summarizes our experience with PET in staging esophageal cancer. METHODS One hundred consecutive PET scans in 91 patients with esophageal cancer referred for surgery were prospectively collected (1995 to 1998) and compared with computerized tomography (CT) and… CONTINUE READING