TABLE 9Quality assessment of studies evaluating the diagnostic test accuracy of FDG PET/CT in the detection of metastases

StudySpectrum of patients' representative?Selection criteria clearly described?Reference standard likely to classify the target condition?Time between the reference standard and index test short enough?Whole or a random sample receive verification using a reference standard?Patients received the same reference standard regardless of the index test result?Reference standard independent of the index test?Execution of the test described in sufficient detail to permit replication?Execution of the reference standard described in sufficient detail?Index test results interpreted without knowledge of the reference standard results?Reference standard results interpreted without knowledge of the index test results?Same clinical data available when tests results were interpreted as in clinical practice?Uninterpretable intermediate test results reported?Withdrawals from the study explained?
Cantwell 200882NYNNYNYYUCUCUCNUCY
Chen 200771UCNUCNYNYYUCUCUCUCUCY
Chua 200779UCYUCNYNYYUCUCUCUCUCY
Coenegrachts 200984YYUCUCYNYYUCYNUCUCY
Cohade 200324YYNNYNYYUCUCUCNYY
D'Souza 200970UCNUCNYNYYUCUCUCUCUCY
Kamel 200486YNUCNUCNYYUCUCUCUCUCY
Kong 200880UCNUCNYNYYUCUCUCUCUCY
Lubezky 200769UCNYYYNYYUCUCUCUCUCY
Ramos 200881NNNUCYNYYUCUCUCUCUCY
Rappeport 200783NYYYNNYYUCYUCUCUCN
Selzner 200487YYYNYNYYUCUCUCNUCUC
Wildi 200885NNUCNYNYYUCUCUCUCUCY

N, no; UC, unclear; Y, yes.

From: 7, FDG PET/CT for the pre-operative staging of metastatic colorectal cancer

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