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General Information on Nuclear Tests
Bone Scan
NeoSpect Scan
PET Scan
V/Q (Ventilation/Perfusion) scan

General Information on Nuclear Tests

Frequently Asked Questions About Nuclear Medicine (RSNA/Radiology Info)
Answers commonly asked questions about nuclear medicine tests, including how the procedures work and their risks and benefits. [4/04]

Bone Scan

Bone Scan - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts

NeoSpect Scan

NeoSpect (99mTc-Depreotide) Scan - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts

PET Scan

Cancer Imaging: Nuclear Imaging: PET & SPECT (National Cancer Institute)
Simple description of how PET scans are used to detect tumors. [undated]

Role of PET Scan in Diagnosis, Staging and Management of NSCLC (The Oncologist)
by Schrevens, L. et al.
v.9, no.6 The Oncologist (November 2004): 633-643
Comprehensive review of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in the locoregional and distant staging of NSCLC. States that PET is the gold standard in evaluation of the indeterminate solitary pulmonary nodule, where it has proven to be significantly more accurate than computed tomography (CT) imaging in the distinction between benign and malignant lesions. Discusses the role of PET in evaluating locoregional lymph nodes and as an adjunct to conventional imaging in detecting metastatic spread. Aimed at physicians. [11/04]

Evaluation of Bone Metastases in Lung Cancer (H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center)
by Poonam Malhotra, MD and Claudia G. Berman, MD
v.9, n.3 Cancer Control Journal (May/June 2002): 254-55
Case study illustrating how FDG-PET scans offer advantages over bone scans for detecting bone metastases from lung cancer. Suggests that FDG-PET can be useful in determining the presence of active metastatic disease following treatment and is useful in monitoring response to therapy. (Be sure to click on the "Discussion" button at the bottom of the page.) [2002]

F-FDG PET in Evaluation of Adrenal Lesions in Patients with Lung Cancer (PubMed)
Abstract of a study to assess the role of PET with F-FDG in differentiating benign from metastatic adrenal masses detected on CT or MRI scans of patients with lung cancer. Concludes that F-FDG PET is an accurate, noninvasive technique for differentiating benign from metastatic adrenal lesions detected on CT or MRI in lung cancer patients. [12/04]

PET Scan - Recent MEDLINE Articles


Staging of NSCLC with Integrated PET/CT (PubMed)
Prospective study published in the June 19, 2003 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that compared the diagnostic accuracy of PET and CT with that of CT alone, that of PET alone, and that of conventional visual correlation of PET and CT in determining the state of disease in NSCLC. The study found that integrated PET/CT improves the diagnostic accuracy of the staging of NSCLC. [6/03]

PET/CT Fusion Images Help Pinpoint Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment (Medscape)
Reports encouraging results from several studies presented at the 2002 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) that examined the use of PET/CT fusion scans for the diagnosis and management of cancer diagnosing, including lung cancer. [7/02]

Impact of Computed Tomography-Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT) in Staging Patients with Thoracic Malignancies (Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Abstract of a study that found CT-PET fusion images were more accurate than camera-based PET alone. CT-PET fusion improves the spatial resolution compared with dedicated PET and may improve the ability and efficacy of staging patients with thoracic malignancies. [7/02]

PET/CT Scan - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts


Nuclear Imaging (PET and SPECT) (National Cancer Institute)
Simple description of how SPECT scans are used to detect tumors. [3/00]

V/Q (Ventilation/Perfusion) Scan

Ventilation-Perfusion Scan (V-Q Scan) (Harvard Family Health Guide)
Explains what a ventilation-perfusion scan is, how to prepare, what to expect and what to do afterwards. [10/99]

Pulmonary Ventilation/Perfusion Scan (MEDLINEplus)
Describes a V/Q scan (also called lung ventilation/perfusion), a nuclear scan test using inhaled and injected radioactive material (radioisotopes) to measure breathing (ventilation) and circulation (perfusion) in all areas of the lungs. Discusses how and why the test is performed, how to prepare for the test, the risks, and the significance of abnormal results. Aimed at patients. [5/03]


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