J Cancer 2010; 1:51-53. doi:10.7150/jca.1.51

Mini-Review

The Role of 18F-FDG-Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography in Staging Primary Breast Cancer

Naoki Niikura, Naoto T. Ueno

Department of Breast Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Abstract

Despite Medicare approving the use of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in staging primary breast cancer, little evidence is available to support the use of 18F-FDG-PET/CT for the detection of distant metastases in the initial staging of breast cancer. In this review of the literature listed in MEDLINE, we examine whether 18F-FDG-PET/CT may play a role in the initial staging of breast cancer. We discuss studies comparing PET/CT with conventional imaging for diagnosing distant metastases and axillary and extra-axillary lymph node metastases.

Keywords: PET/CT, breast cancer, primary staging, distant metastases

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How to cite this article:
Niikura N, Ueno NT. The Role of 18F-FDG-Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography in Staging Primary Breast Cancer. J Cancer 2010; 1:51-53. doi:10.7150/jca.1.51. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v01p0051.htm