Dr. Abass Alavi of the Abramson Cancer Center discusses the effectiveness of PET in gastrointestinal cancer care

September 6, 2007

PET/CT is proving to be an excellent imaging modality in patients with gastrointestinal cancers, potentially replacing endoscopy and barium studies.

Endoscopy retains an important place in routine clinical practice, particularly in the diagnosis and management of esophageal, gastric, and colon cancers. But it is invasive, risky, and expensive, according to Dr. Abass Alavi, emeritus chair of the nuclear medicine department at the University of Pennsylvania. Even barium enemas, which are relatively safe, pose some disadvantages, especially discomfort. [View PDF for full article]

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