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The use of PET/CT scans in the assessment of resectability of colorectal liver metastases

  • Author / Creator
    Patel, Seema
  • Background: Surgical treatment of colorectal liver metastases (CLRM) depends on resectability that is currently based on the CT scan. With the PET/CT scan, a more accurate pre-operative assessment of resectability may be possible. Methods: A Cochrane-based diagnostic test systematic review and a systematic review of cost-effectiveness studies on PET scans were conducted. Lastly, a diagnostic decision analysis model was created to assess the cost-effectiveness of the technology. Results: PET/CT scans was equally sensitive for hepatic metastases and more sensitive for extra-hepatic metastases compared to CT scans. A cost-savings of PET scans for CRLM is identified; with decision modelling demonstrating a cost-savings with the addition of PET/CT scans to the current clinical algorithm. Conclusion: There is cautious support for the addition of PET/CT scans to the pre-operative assessment in CRLM. Unnecessary surgery may be prevented, thus decreasing wait times. Future endeavours include finding, evaluating and validating methodology for appropriate effectiveness measures.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TW89
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Bigam, David (Surgery)
    • Ohinmaa, Arto (Public Health Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Saunders, Duncan (Public Health Sciences)
    • Jacobs, Philip (Public Health Sciences)