Comparative diagnostic accuracy of 18F-FDG PET/CT for breast cancer recurrence

Roberta Piva, Flavia Ticconi, Valentina Ceriani, Federica Scalorbi, Francesco Fiz, Selene Capitanio, Matteo Bauckneht, Giuseppe Cittadini, Gianmario Sambuceti, Silvia Morbelli

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In the last decades, in addition to conventional imaging techniques and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) has been shown to be relevant in the detection and management of breast cancer recurrence in doubtful cases in selected groups of patients. While there are no conclusive data indicating that imaging tests, including FDG PET/CT, produce a survival benefit in asymptomatic patients, FDG PET/CT can be useful for identifying the site of relapse when traditional imaging methods are equivocal or conflicting and for identifying or confirming isolated loco-regional relapse or isolated metastatic lesions. The present narrative review deals with the potential role of FDG PET in these clinical settings by comparing its accuracy and impact with conventional imaging modalities such as CT, ultrasound, bone scan, 18F-sodium fluoride PET/CT (18F-NaF PET/CT) as well as MRI. Patient-focused perspectives in terms of patients’ satisfaction and acceptability are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-471
Number of pages11
JournalBreast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
Publication statusPublished - Jul 4 2017


  • Breast cancer
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Restaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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