Detection of esophageal carcinoma using single-photon emission computed tomography of thallium-201: A preliminary report

Shung Shung Sun, Chih Shiun Shih, Nan Yung Hsu, Shan Chieh Teng, Chia Hung Kao

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Abstract

The aim of this preliminary study was to evaluate the potential usefulness of thallium-201 (Tl-201) in detecting esophageal carcinoma. A total of 15 patients with esophageal carcinoma were arranged for Tl-201 single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) of the chest. Thirteen of the patients 'had epidermoid carcinoma and two had adenocarcinoma. Meanwhile, 7 normal controls without any history of esophageal disease also accepted Tl-201 SPECT of the chest for comparison. From the 15 patients, Tl-201 chest SPECT detected esophageal carcinoma in 13 (86.7%) but not in 2 (13.3%) patients with epidermoid carcinoma. In contrast, all 7 normal controls (100.0%) had negative results of Tl-201 chest SPECT. Our study showed that the Tl-201 chest SPECT scan could be considered as a non-invasive useful imaging method in detection of esophageal carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4109-4112
Number of pages4
JournalAnticancer Research
Volume21
Issue number6 A
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Esophageal carcinoma
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography
  • Thallium-201

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Sun, S. S., Shih, C. S., Hsu, N. Y., Teng, S. C., & Kao, C. H. (2001). Detection of esophageal carcinoma using single-photon emission computed tomography of thallium-201: A preliminary report. Anticancer Research, 21(6 A), 4109-4112.