Positron emission tomography is a fast developing imaging technology, and NOKC has assessed PET several times over the years. Last time was in 2009 when we modelled the future need for PET in Norway in 2020.
Due to the need for long-term planning of PET investments and education of qualified personnel, we were once again asked to update the literature search, without assessing the studies.
The systematic search revealed publication of 100 potentially relevant systematic reviews and 111 potentially relevant new clinical studies in the period 2009-20012 on the use of PET in cancer.
NOKC 2009 report on the future need for PET concluded one of the main drivers for increased need for PET was the use of PET for treatment planning. The documentation however was scarce. From the updated search we found both systematic reviews and new clinical studies on the use of PET in treatment planning for a number of cancer indications.
In addition the number of publication of PET in the diagnosis of neurological and cardiac diseases appears to be increasing.