PET/CT for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer—Uses and Updates for Radiologists

Jorge D. Oldan, David S. Yoo, Walter T. Lee, Jenny K. Hoang

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Positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET/CT) is commonly used in the staging and restaging of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In this review paper we discuss the scenarios in which PET/CT that can affect the management of HNSCC patients. These include locating a carcinoma of unknown primary, staging the clinically node-negative neck, pretreatment staging of advanced disease, and post-treatment evaluation. We summarize the evidence for these uses on the basis of recent literature and also discuss emerging applications of PET/CT for HNSCC. These are topics that radiologists commonly encounter in clinical practice and on head and neck tumor boards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number47
JournalCurrent Radiology Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 14 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Head and neck
  • PET/CT
  • Restaging
  • Review
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Staging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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