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Nationwide study confirms PET as the most powerful imaging tool in cancer management
Date:12/1/2008

or PET in the staging, restaging and detection of recurrence of cancer should be handled the same across the board."

According to the researchers, a substantial body of national and international literature now exists showing that PET is a highly effective technique for imaging cancer.

"From the data, we concluded that, although the effectiveness of PET may differ somewhat between individual cancers, it's in the same ballpark," said Barry A. Siegel, M.D., professor of radiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, Mo., and one of the co-authors of the article. "This result was a little unexpected, but leads us to believe that a continual parsing of PET's usefulness, cancer by cancer and indication by indication, for purposes of reimbursement does not make clinical sense."

The NOPR was launched in 2006 in response to a proposal from CMS to expand coverage for PET to include cancers and indications not presently eligible for reimbursement, including cancers of the ovary, uterus, prostate, pancreas, stomach, kidney and bladder.

"The NOPR has been a collaborative process with CMS," said Siegel. "The purpose of our partnership has been to get the best data into the public domain for decision-making. We are hopeful that a decade-long process leading to an understanding of the usefulness of PET in cancer management is finally completed."


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