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Br J Radiol. 2012 Aug;85(1016):e544-8. doi: 10.1259/bjr/46048428. Epub 2012 Feb 28.

Recommendations for the use of PET and PET-CT for radiotherapy planning in research projects.

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  • 1PET Imaging Centre, Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, King's College London, London, UK.


With the increasing use of positron emission tomography (PET) for disease staging, follow-up and therapy monitoring in a number of oncological indications there is growing interest in the use of PET and PET-CT for radiation treatment planning. In order to create a strong clinical evidence base for this, it is important to ensure that research data are clinically relevant and of a high quality. Therefore the National Cancer Research Institute PET Research Network make these recommendations to assist investigators in the development of radiotherapy clinical trials involving the use of PET and PET-CT. These recommendations provide an overview of the current literature in this rapidly evolving field, including standards for PET in clinical trials, disease staging, volume delineation, intensity modulated radiotherapy and PET-augmented planning techniques, and are targeted at a general audience. We conclude with specific recommendations for the use of PET in radiotherapy planning in research projects.

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