Generating evidence for clinical benefit of PET/CT in diagnosing cancer patients.

@article{Vach2011GeneratingEF,
  title={Generating evidence for clinical benefit of PET/CT in diagnosing cancer patients.},
  author={Werner Vach and Poul Flemming H{\o}ilund-Carlsen and Oke Gerke and Wolfgang Andreas Weber},
  journal={Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={52 Suppl 2},
  pages={
          77S-85S
        }
}
For diagnostic methods such as PET/CT, not only diagnostic accuracy but also clinical benefit must be demonstrated. However, there is a lack of consensus about how to approach this task. Here we consider 6 clinical scenarios to review some basic approaches to demonstrating the clinical benefit of PET/CT in cancer patients: replacement of an invasive procedure, improved accuracy of initial diagnosis, improved accuracy of staging for curative versus palliative treatment, improved accuracy of… CONTINUE READING
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