Virtual Conference
Daniela Zuleyma Hernández Oliver

Daniela Zuleyma Hernández Oliver

Ángeles University Hospital, Mexico

Title: Utility of PET-CT versus CT in staging colorectal cancer


Introduction: Colorectal cancer ranks third in incidence in Mexico and the world. The stage is one of the main prognostic factors. Due to the high percentage of cases with metastatic disease at diagnosis in Mexico, the correct choice of imaging studies is essential. Objective: Determine the usefulness of PET-CT with 18F-FDG vs. CT, in staging. Methods: Retrospective study. Patients with CRC and PET-CT and CT for staging, in a private hospital in Mexico were included. Demographic data, primary tumor site, histology, were collected, and primary and secondary lesions and their characteristics were recorded by PET-CT and CT. Results: 15 patients were included. 60% were men, the median age was 64 years. 73.3% developed in the left colon and 100% were adenocarcinoma. The PET-CT identified 73.3% of the primary lesions and 66.7% of the regional lymph nodes. Also, 9 cases with metastatic disease. Thus, the N and M staging of 8 and 4 patients,  respectively, changed. The SUVmax of the primary lesions was 8.39; finding a significant correlation with the laterality of the primary tumor. Conclusion: PET-CT proved to be more efficient in detecting primary and secondary lesions versus CT.


Daniela Zuleyma specialized in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at the National Institute of Cancerology in Mexico and later did a high specialty in PET-CT at the Angeles de Pedregal Hospital, both endorsed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is currently developing as head of the service and coordinating the development and infrastructure of new Nuclear Medicine services.