PET/CT Agent Identifies Aggressive Renal Cancers Noninvasively

December 12, 2012

Screening patients with renal masses with iodine-124-girentuximab had both a high specificity and sensitivity for identifying clear cell renal cell carcinoma, according to the results of a newly published open-label multicenter study.

“This is the first example of a prospective multicenter study to demonstrate the ability of PET/CT to identify an aggressive cancer phenotype,” said Chaitanya R. Divgi, MD, director of nuclear medicine/PET at Columbia University Medical Center. “Imaging with PET/CT can replace or guide biopsy, and obviate or guide surgery, in addition to providing a noninvasive way of assessing disease throughout the body.”