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Benefit of PET in patients with head and neck tumors cannot be assessed
Date:4/29/2011

diagnostic studies. They also call for additional studies. This is because PET may have advantages, especially in the diagnosis of recurrences and unknown primary tumours.

However, this would urgently demand further investigation, primarily requiring studies that directly compare PET/CT with the current diagnostic standard (e.g. CT or MRT). Even if PET/CT showed higher diagnostic accuracy here, it would still need to be proved that patients have a tangible benefit from the more reliable diagnosis, for example by surviving longer or having a better quality of life. Such proof can in principle only be provided by means of randomized controlled trials.


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