Dr. Janna Morawitz from University Düsseldorf in Germany will present her team's findings from a prospective double-center study of 182 patients who underwent the aforementioned imaging methods.
The researchers found that PET/MRI correctly detected significantly more nodal-positive patients than MRI and CT. No statistically significant differences were found between CT and MRI. PET/MRI detected 193 lesions in 75 patients, while MRI detected 123 lesions in 56 patients and CT detected 104 lesions in 50 patients.
"Furthermore, PET/MRI was superior to CT or MRI in detecting lymph node metastases in all lymph node stations. Of all tested imaging modalities, PET/MRI showed the highest sensitivity, whereas CT showed the lowest sensitivity, but was most specific," the study authors wrote.
See what else the team found that's making them herald PET/MRI in this presentation.