The CancerNetwork posted an interesting Pro-Con set of articles today on the use of PET scans.
The Pro article is titled “PET Scanning: Worth the Cost in Cancer? Not Only Worth the Cost, but Sometimes a Cost-Cutter! and can be read in full here.
The article concludes with “In summary, PET has proven to be an invaluable tool in the diagnosis, staging, and management of the oncologic patient. The expansion of PET indications has come with demonstration of value through the peer-reviewed literature. Although gaps in knowledge still exist, particularly in regard to evolving targeted therapies and rare tumors, PET has clearly shown its value, and in certain situations can actually lessen the overall cost of care through the avoidance of unnecessary or futile interventions.”
The Con article is titled “PET Scanning: Worth the Cost in Cancer? Not for All Cancers—It’s Not Reliable Enough Yet and can be read in full here.
The article concludes that PET has not proven itself as a reliable tool as yet and that we need to develop additional tools.
Read them for yourself.