Practical considerations for integrating PET/CT into radiation therapy planning

Shelley N. Acuff, Anetia S. Jackson, Rathan Subramaniam, Dustin Osborne

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Abstract

Over the past 20 y, PET/CT has had many technologic and developmental advancements for patient care. PET/CT has evolved from being used as a diagnosis and staging tool to now having an impact on treating cancer through a collaboration with radiation oncology. There are multiple considerations when integrating PET/CT into radiation therapy planning, such as the needs of the PET/CT center, the types of scans to offer, workflow considerations between the PET/CT center and the radiation therapy planning center, PET/CT center growth and demand on schedules, and the impact PET/CT will have on radiation treatment planning. Careful planning and implementation are important in offering patients optimum care that integrates PET/CT in radiation therapy planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-348
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • CT therapy planning
  • PET/CT
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiation planning
  • Radiation therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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