Molecular Imaging and Precision Medicine: PET/Computed Tomography and Therapy Response Assessment in Oncology

Sara Sheikhbahaei, Esther Mena, Puskar Pattanayak, Mehdi Taghipour, Lilja B. Solnes, Rathan M. Subramaniam

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A variety of methods have been developed to assess tumor response to therapy. Standardized qualitative criteria based on 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose PET/computed tomography have been proposed to evaluate the treatment effectiveness in specific cancers and these allow more accurate therapy response assessment and survival prognostication. Multiple studies have addressed the utility of the volumetric PET biomarkers as prognostic indicators but there is no consensus about the preferred segmentation methodology for these metrics. Heterogeneous intratumoral uptake was proposed as a novel PET metric for therapy response assessment. PET imaging techniques will be used to study the biological behavior of cancers during therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalPET Clinics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Molecular imaging
  • Oncology
  • PET/computed tomography
  • Precision medicine
  • Therapy response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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