• Hossein Jadvar
  • Frederic H. Fahey
  • Barry L. Shulkin
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Positron emission tomography (PET) has emerged as an important diagnostic tool in the imaging evaluation of children with cancer. The recent advent of hybrid positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging systems has provided additional diagnostic capability by providing precise anatomic localization of metabolic information and metabolic characterization of normal and abnormal structures. The use of CT transmission scanning for attenuation correction has shortened the total acquisition time, which is a desirable attribute in pediatric imaging. Moreover, accumulating clinical experience, expansion of the regional distribution of the most common PET radiotracer, fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), and the introduction of mobile PET units have improved access to this powerful diagnostic imaging technology. In this chapter, we review the clinical applications of PET and PET/CT in pediatric oncology. General considerations in patient preparation and radiation dosimetry will be discussed.


Positron Emission Tomography Standardize Uptake Value Ewing Sarcoma Osseous Metastasis MIBG Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hossein Jadvar
    • 1
    • 4
  • Frederic H. Fahey
    • 2
  • Barry L. Shulkin
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Division of Nuclear Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolChildren’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Diagnostic ImagingSt. Jude’s Children’s Research HospitalMemphisUSA
  4. 4.Division of Nuclear Medicine, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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