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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 29-34

Positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging in head and neck carcinoma: A brief review of literature

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, New Jersey, USA
2 Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Sonam Khurana
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, New Jersey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jomr.jomr_20_17

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The carcinoma in head and neck region is the sixth most common worldwide cancer. Various advanced technologies are used for the diagnosis and staging of tumor and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scan are two such modalities. MRI provides information about anatomical and functional characteristics of tumor and PET scan provides metabolic and molecular information of tumor. The information obtained by PET/computed tomography (CT) and MRI is complementary to each other and hence gives accessory information for better diagnosis. It is difficult to combine both modalities, technically and clinically than it was expected. Different researches are still going on to evaluate the comparison of PET/MRI with PET/CT and diffusion-weighted MRI or their combination. This review article discusses the technical aspect as well as its clinical application in head and neck cancer cases.

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