Comparison of Preoperative Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography with Panscopy and Ultrasound in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer

Oncology. 2020 Sep 3:1-4. doi: 10.1159/000509188. Online ahead of print.


INTRODUCTION: To compare data from preoperative positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) with results of panscopy with biopsy and ultrasound with fine needle aspiration cytology (US-FNAC) on the same patients.

METHODS: In this retrospective (2014-2016) study, we compared PET/CT results with the results from panscopy with biopsy and US-FNAC in patients suspected of head and neck malignancy treated at the University Hospital in UmeƄ, Sweden.

RESULTS: A 91.3% concordance was seen between results from PET/CT and panscopy with biopsy, whereas between PET/CT and US-FNAC the concordance was 89.1%.

CONCLUSIONS: The present data show the usefulness of PET/CT in the diagnosis of head and neck malignancies.