What is the role of positron emission tomography (PET) scanning in the workup of colon cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning is emerging as a very useful modality for staging and assessment of colorectal cancers. The newest addition, a fusion PET-CT scan, allows for detection of metastatic deposits and has the added tissue-based resolution of CT. Of note, some histologies, especially a mucinous signet-ring cell variant of colorectal cancer, may not be well visualized on a PET scan.

For more information, see Imaging in Adenocarcinoma of the Colon.


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