What is the role of positron emission tomography (PET) in the workup of renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging remains controversial in kidney cancer. Currently, PET is not considered a standard part of the diagnosis of kidney cancer or in follow-up for evidence of relapse after nephrectomy. [20] PET has a better sensitivity for detecting metastatic lesions than for determining the presence of cancer in the renal primary site.


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