Utilisation of PET-CT in oesophageal cancer management

A clinician’s perspective

H. R. Abdul Razak, Nor Aniza Azmi, S. Vinjamuri

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Abstract

Positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) is a hybrid imaging modality that plays a crucial role in detecting and managing oesophageal cancer. However, not much is known about the clinicians’ perspective on its usage for oesophageal cancer. The aim of this study is to know the perspective of clinicians on the utilisation of PET-CT imaging for oesophageal cancer patients. A total of 73 clinicians with multidisciplinary clinical specialties for oesophageal cancer management were interviewed. All these clinicians had completed a survey consisting of 31 questions on; practicality, clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of PET-CT. The survey used Likert-scale to evaluate the responses. In terms of PET-CT practicality and clinical efficacy 39.7% - 43.8% and 47.9% - 83.5% of the sample respectively responded positively while in with regards to cost effectiveness, there was a significant difference from being neutral to having no opinion in 6 out of 9 questions. It was clear from the study that PET-CT has positive impact in the management of oesophageal cancer patients. However, issues related to expertise, availability, staffing and bureaucracy need to be addressed to improve competency and quality of services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-828
Number of pages8
JournalPertanika Journal of Science and Technology
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

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esophageal neoplasms
positron-emission tomography
Positron emission tomography
Esophageal Neoplasms
computed tomography
tomography
Tomography
cancer
cost effectiveness
Cost effectiveness
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Multimodal Imaging
image analysis
Imaging techniques
Quality of service
Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography
Availability
bureaucracy
cost

Keywords

  • Clinical efficacy
  • Cost effectiveness
  • PET-CT
  • Practicality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Utilisation of PET-CT in oesophageal cancer management : A clinician’s perspective. / Abdul Razak, H. R.; Azmi, Nor Aniza; Vinjamuri, S.

In: Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.04.2018, p. 821-828.

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