Article Abstract

The use of F-FDG PET/CT in testicular cancer

Authors: Robert Dotzauer, Christian Thomas, Wolfgang Jäger

Abstract

Testicular germ cell tumors are one of the most common neoplasms in young men. After inguinal orchiectomy is performed, treatment options range from active surveillance to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy. For the accurate use of the different treatment options, precise imaging techniques are necessary to reduce side effects of the aggressive therapies but also to avoid undertreatment exposing the patient to the risk of recurrence. F-FDG PET/CT is already recommended in the European guidelines for the follow up of seminomas under certain conditions but conventional primary staging or restaging is still performed with CT or MRI. Recently, the importance of F-FDG PET/CT in this context has become an interesting topic of academic discussion and subject of various clinical trials which are reviewed in the following.