- Breast cancer tailored staging using molecular imaging
- Award date
- 14 September 2017
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA)
Part 1 of this thesis focuses on the additional value of prone position PET/CT for loco-regional staging. Chapter 2 addresses the additional value of PET/CT imaging in prone position for the visualization of the primary tumour and regional lymph node metastases compared to supine position PET/CT imaging. In Chapter 3 we analyse the effect on 3-year survival outcome of discovering additional lymph node metastases by prone position PET/CT.
In part 2 we explore the individual and additional value of FDG PET/CT for response monitoring of the primary tumour and axillary lymph node metastases during PST. Chapter 4 shows the comparison of response monitoring of the primary tumour during PST by MRI alone, PET/CT alone and by a combination of both modalities. In Chapter 5 the FDG uptake of the primary tumour in the breast and axillary lymph node metastases were compared before and during PST to find the best prediction for a complete response in the final pathology per subgroup.
Part 3 presents the possibilities and consequence for daily clinical practice of introducing dedicated breast PET and PET-guided biopsy. Chapter 6 shows the comparison of MAMMI-PET with supine position PET/CT for visualization of histologically proven primary breast cancer lesions. In chapter 7 we assessed the expected additional radiation dose for the nuclear medicine technologists when MAMMI-PET would be implemented as an addition to the PET/CT protocol. In Chapter 8 the results of the first technical feasibility study of a MAMMI-PET inspired PET-guided biopsy device is presented: the MammoCare.
- Please note that the acknowledgments and curriculum vitae sections are not included in the thesis download.
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