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FDG PET assessment of SPN in WA: stage 4 findings


Butler-Henderson, KA and Leong, J and Lenzo, NP, FDG PET assessment of SPN in WA: stage 4 findings, Royal Australasian College of Physicians Internal Medicine Journal, Gold Coast, QLD, pp. A8. ISSN 1444-0903 (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Objective: The sensitivity of PET in the assessment of a solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) in Western Australia was reported at two separate scientific meetings, with both reporting cases of stage 4 disease higher than that reported elsewhere. The objective of this review is to determine the true status of these cases.

Methods: A retrospective analysis of all patients referred for assessment of SPN to the WA PET/Cyclotron Service from November 2002 to July 2005, that were reported by PET to be stage 4 disease, was performed. The CT, PET and clinicopathologic outcomes both before and after PET imaging for a period of 2 years post-PET were used in determining the final staging for each case.

Results: Of the 150 patients referred for SPN assessment, over 20% were reported by PET as stage 4 disease. Results indicated that a number of cases were incorrectly referred as SPN by the referring clinician or incorrectly reported as stage 4 disease by PET. A proportion of cases were true stage 4 disease, with the percentage aligned with other reported data. Some errors may have been avoided if pre-PET investigations had been performed or available to the PET clinician.

Conclusion: The results of this study emphasise the important that adequate investigations be performed prior to a PET referral, and be made available to the reporting PET clinician. There will be further investigation into a suitable protocol or clinical pathway for SPN assessment, coupled with clinician involvement and training.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:positron emission tomography, solitary pulmonary nodule
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research Field:Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Butler-Henderson, KA (Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
ID Code:127041
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-07-06
Last Modified:2018-07-09

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