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International Journal of Radiology and Radiation Oncology

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    Open Access Research Article PTZAID: IJRRO-1-106

    Incidence of Incidental Findings on Pediatric Oncologic PET/CT

    Indu Rekha Meesa*, Joseph J.Junewick and Paul Shreve

    The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence and significance of incidental findings on pediatric oncologic PET/CT. A retrospective analysis of all PET/CT scans obtained at Helen DeVos  Children’s  Hospital  between  2004-2008  in  pediatric  oncology  patients  was  performed.Specific data points for study including DOB, primary diagnosis, secondary diagnosis, treatment status (chemotherapy and radiation) and PET/CT findings were obtained. Studies were reviewed and findings confirmed with board certified Nuclear Medicine and Pediatric Radiologists. Total of 104 patients with various tumors/malignancies underwent 323 integrated PET/CT for staging or monitoring. Of these 104 patients, 71 (68%) had at least one incidental finding present on the PET/CT and 116 of 323 (36%) studies had at least 1 incidental CT finding. In conclusion, our retrospective study shows that careful evaluation of especially the CT component of integrated PET/CT scans provides clinically important information which may necessitate additional workup or treatment.

    Published on: Dec 8, 2015 Pages: 19-22

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/ijrro.000006 CrossMark

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