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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Abstract

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
Volume2
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 14 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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