Influence of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography on computed tomography-based radiation treatment planning for oesophageal cancer

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Abstract

The addition of positron emission tomography (PET) information to CT-based radiotherapy treatment planning has the potential to improve target volume definition through more accurate localization of the primary tumour and involved regional lymph nodes. This case report describes the first patient enrolled to a prospective study evaluating the effects of coregistered positron emission tomography/CT images on radiotherapy treatment planning for oesophageal cancer. The results show that if combined positron emission tomography/CT is used for radiotherapy treatment planning, there may be alterations to the delineation of tumour volumes when compared to CT alone. For this patient, a geographic miss of tumour would have occurred if CT data alone were used for radiotherapy planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Radiology
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Positron emission tomography/computed tomography
  • Radiotherapy

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