n SA Journal of Radiology - Staging of breast cancer with PET / CT : pictorial essay

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



Imaging plays a vital role in the staging and restaging of breast cancer. Traditionally, chest X-ray, bone scintigraphy and liver ultrasound or computed tomography are used. Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-18 FDG) positron emission tomography / computed tomography (PET / CT) has great potential for whole-body staging with a single procedure. The greatest utility of PET / CT lies in distant or M-staging, whereas its role in locoregional staging is generally considered to be complementary to other modalities.

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