PET/MRI for initial staging of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (interSCCede PET/MRI)

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Institution: Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen
Applicant: Benedikt M. Schaarschmidt
EKFS funding line: First and Second Applications
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Tumors of the head and neck are the most common types of tumors. Modern therapy concepts for advanced tumors rely on a combination of surgical tumor removal, radiation and chemotherapy. In order to choose the most sensible treatment regimen, the exact determination of the tumor extent is of particular importance. New hybrid imaging modalities, such as integrated positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI), enable the simultaneous visualization of tumor extent and tumor metabolism, which significantly increases the accuracy of imaging. This study will investigate whether PET/MRI leads to changes in treatment regimens and whether tumor therapy can potentially be improved by this new imaging modality.

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