What are the limitations of PET scans in the diagnosis of small cell lung cancer (SCLC)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2019
  • Author: Abid Irshad, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Although PET is emerging as a popular modality for evaluating many cancers, the usefulness of PET is limited because of its cost and unavailability in many clinical practices. Generally, the resolution of PET is not considered good for lesions smaller than 1 cm. The PET results can also overlap with the standard uptake values (SUVs) in some benign lesions and malignant lesions. [32]


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