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The role of PET/CT for nodal staging in primary stage II/III breast cancer patients


Modalities that are conventionally used for regional and distant metastases staging, in clinical stage II/III breast cancer patients (ultrasonography, computed tomography [CT], MRI and bone scan), may underestimate the spread of the disease. The 18-fluoro-deoxy-glucose whole body PET with CT (18F-FDG PET/CT) is able to more accurately visualize the number of axillary lymph node metastases, the internal mammary chain, periclavicular lymph node metastases and distant disease than the previously mentioned modalities.

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