Urologic Cancer

  • Tomio Inoue
  • Nobukazu Takahashi
  • Tetsuya Higuchi
  • E. Edmund Kim


Positron emission tomography (PET) is a unique imaging modality with the capability of studying regional metabolism. 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) is the most widely used tracer in the field of PET oncology. The clinical utility of oncology PET using FDG has been proven in the staging and restaging of malignant tumors such as those in the head/neck, lung, breast, and colorectal cancers, as well as malignant lymphoma and melanoma. In the field of urology, FDG PET has been evaluated for relevant malignancies with promising results in certain areas and disappointing results in others. At present, FDG PET is capable of visualizing urologic tumors and associated lymph nodes and distal metastatic sites. However, its use is severely limited by excretion of the most commonly used radioisotope via the urinary tract, making pelvic imaging particularly unrewarding. 11C-choline, up-regulated in malignant cells, has shown potential usefulness in brain, prostate, and esophageal cancers with enhanced synthesis of membrane phospholipids. This chapter discusses the clinical usefulness of oncology PET in the field of urology, including renal cell, urinary bladder, and prostate cancer, as well as testicular tumors. We review the related articles of PET oncology in the field of urology.


Positron Emission Tomography Renal Cell Carcinoma Bladder Cancer Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Renal Cell Cancer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomio Inoue
    • 1
  • Nobukazu Takahashi
    • 1
  • Tetsuya Higuchi
    • 2
  • E. Edmund Kim
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyYokohama City University Graduate School of MedicineYokohamaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic RadiologyGumma University School of MedicineMaebashiJapan
  3. 3.Departments of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic RadiologyThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Medical SchoolHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Graduate School of Convergence Science and TechnologySeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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