FDG PET/CT for Primary Staging of Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Asha Kandathil, Rathan M. Subramaniam

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. Accurate staging at initial diagnosis determines appropriate treatment and is the most important predictor of survival. Since 2018, the 8th edition of the TNM staging system has been used to stage lung cancer based on local tumor extent (T), nodal involvement (N), and metastases (M). 18 F fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT, which combines functional and anatomic imaging, is the standard of care and an integral part of clinical staging of patients with lung cancer. Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), the most common primary malignant pleural tumor affecting the pleura is staged with 8th edition of TNM staging for MPM. 18 F FDG PET/CT is indicated in select patients who are surgical candidates to identify locally advanced tumor, nodal metastases, or extrathoracic metastases, which may preclude surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650-661
Number of pages12
JournalSeminars in Nuclear Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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