Study: PET/MRI on par with PET/CT for head and neck cancer

03/7/2013 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

There is no statistical difference between FDG-PET/MRI and FDG-PET/CT for head and neck cancer, according to a study from the University of Leipzig in Germany presented at a radiology meeting in Vienna. The PET image from PET/CT showed 96% sensitivity, while the MR image from PET/MRI demonstrated 96% specificity, researchers said. "Before we had the PET/MRI scanner, we always hoped that MRI would improve that even more, but the [results] show that PET/CT is already very good, and there are probably some patients who have some advantage with an examination by PET/MRI," said researcher Dr. Patrick Stumpp.

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