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Integrated Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Normal Variants and Pitfalls

Truong, Mylene T MD; Erasmus, Jeremy J MD; Macapinlac, Homer A MD; Marom, Edith M MD; Mawlawi, Osama PhD; Gladish, Gregory W MD; Sabloff, Bradley S MD; Bruzzi, John F MD; Munden, Reginald F MD, DMD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: March-April 2005 - Volume 29 - Issue 2 - p 205-209
doi: 10.1097/01.rct.0000159510.13694.8c
Pictorial Essay: Thoracic Imaging

The purpose of this pictorial essay is to illustrate a spectrum of normal variants and potential pitfalls in integrated positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) imaging in the evaluation of patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Knowledge of the normal variants and potential pitfalls in PET/CT imaging as well as patients' clinical histories, together with the use of CT to localize foci of increased tracer uptake accurately, is useful in preventing misinterpretation.

From the Division of Diagnostic Imaging, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX.

Received for publication January 6, 2005; accepted February 4, 2005.

Reprints: Mylene T. Truong, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Box 57, Houston, TX 77030 (e-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.