Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Standardizing PET/CT Analysis in Oncology

This article proposes a systematic methodology for interpreting and reporting PET/CT scans for oncology patients. By standardizing quality control, analysis, impression reporting, and recommendations for further imaging, the authors aim to reduce errors and provide clear, actionable information to referring physicians to guide patient care. Key elements include protocol validation, assessing fusion and artifacts, detailing tracer uptake parameters, categorizing findings by location and appearance, correlating PET and CT, comparing to prior imaging, summarizing impression and differential, and advising precise further imaging.

Citation: Heston TF, Wahl R, Jacene H. A systematic approach to PET/CT interpretation and reporting in oncology. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2009;50(Supplement 2):1089.