Encyclopedia of Cancer

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| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Positron Emission Tomography

  • Andreas K. Buck
  • Markus Schwaiger
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_4688-2

Synonyms

Definition

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a noninvasive nuclear medical imaging modality enabling the visualization and quantification of biological processes. PET provides integral information regarding metabolic activity of the primary tumor and potential lymph node or distant organ metastases. PET can be used for cancer detection (early detection), tumor staging and restaging, assessment of response to treatment, and anticancer drug development.

Characteristics

Principle of Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

PET allows noninvasive assessment of the three-dimensional distribution of a positron-labeled compound within the living body. Positrons are antiparticles of electrons and originate from β+ decays of radioactive isotopes such as 11C, 13N, 15O, 18F, 68Ga, 86Y, or 124I. During β+ decay, a positron and a neutrino are emitted, both sharing a certain...

Keywords

Positron Emission Tomography Esophageal Cancer Oral Cancer Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Malignant Lymphoma 
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See Also

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity of Würzburg, DirectorWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany