The role of positron emission tomographic imaging in breast cancer.


Studies have shown that deoxy-2-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) has limited value in detecting primary tumors and axillary lymph node involvement in breast cancer. PET is most successful when it is used to evaluate locally advanced breast tumors. Identification of smaller, earlier-stage tumors and noninvasive or lobular… (More)