Enhanced PET Scan Reporting
The rapid expansion in the use of Positron Emission Tomography, or PET scans to obtain metabolic information about cancer lesions can provide oncologists and their patients with extremely valuable diagnostic and treatment management information. As useful as PET imaging can be, statistical errors can at times result in "false negative" or "false positive" reporting. Other issues that may trigger errors include improper PET scanner calibration with patient body weight, incomplete or inconsistent scan interpretations caused by inadequate training and a lack of overall standards for the quantified reporting of results. Incorrect PET scans are common today and can result in improper treatments for cancer patients.
Working with radiologist Richard Black, M.D., the International Strategic Cancer Alliance adopted invaluable PET reporting practices in its Life Extension-supported laser assisted immunotherapy breast cancer trial. Dr. Black has interpreted more than 70,000 PET/CT studies, and his methodology for an across-the-board upgrade in PET scan reporting should be incorporated at the national level to provide oncologists and their patients with the full potential PET technology has to offer. Dr. Black's approach will assure that oncologists receive the same kind and quality of information on each and every scan, regardless of who interpreted the scan, or where it was taken.
Dr. Black presented his findings at one of LEF's Scientific Advisory Board Meetings in 2012 and this video outlines his protocol for an upgrade in PET scan reporting.