Pediatric Annals

CME Article 

Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) in Children

Richard M. Shore, MD

Abstract

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is becoming an increasingly useful imaging modality in children. By combining two previous modalities of PET and CT scanning used alone, combined PET/CT has been able to enhance significantly the ability to determine the anatomic distribution of an internal radionuclide, which greatly improves the ability to determine if an abnormality is present.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard M. Shore, MD, is a Radiologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Address correspondence to: rshore@northwestern.edu.

Dr. Shore has disclosed no relevant financial information.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the technology of combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanning and outline the advantages this technology has over either modality used alone.
  2. Identify the precautions that must be exercised in using this imaging modality in children.
  3. Review the clinical applications best suited to the use of combined PET/CT scanning in the pediatric population.

Abstract

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is becoming an increasingly useful imaging modality in children. By combining two previous modalities of PET and CT scanning used alone, combined PET/CT has been able to enhance significantly the ability to determine the anatomic distribution of an internal radionuclide, which greatly improves the ability to determine if an abnormality is present.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard M. Shore, MD, is a Radiologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Address correspondence to: rshore@northwestern.edu.

Dr. Shore has disclosed no relevant financial information.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the technology of combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanning and outline the advantages this technology has over either modality used alone.
  2. Identify the precautions that must be exercised in using this imaging modality in children.
  3. Review the clinical applications best suited to the use of combined PET/CT scanning in the pediatric population.

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is becoming an increasingly useful imaging modality in children. By combining two previous modalities of PET and CT scanning used alone, combined PET/CT has been able to enhance significantly the ability to determine the anatomic distribution of an internal radionuclide, which greatly improves the ability to determine if an abnormality is present.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard M. Shore, MD, is a Radiologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Address correspondence to: rshore@northwestern.edu.

Dr. Shore has disclosed no relevant financial information.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the technology of combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanning and outline the advantages this technology has over either modality used alone.
  2. Identify the precautions that must be exercised in using this imaging modality in children.
  3. Review the clinical applications best suited to the use of combined PET/CT scanning in the pediatric population.

10.3928/00904481-20080601-13

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