What is the role of PET scanning in the preoperative workup of partial cystectomy?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: E Jason Abel, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Currently, PET scanning plays a limited role in the evaluation of bladder cancer. PET scanning has shown promise in detecting lymph node metastases or distant soft tissue metastases; however, because of the low urinary excretion of commonly used radioisotopes involved in PET scans, they are not yet helpful in the pelvic imaging of bladder cancer.


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