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Evaluation of Quantitative PET/CT Usage for Cancer Treatment

Henrysson, Rebecka LU (2016) BMEM01 20161
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Abstract
Cancer is a disease affecting practically the entire society in one way or another. A great effort is made to find a cure and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has recently become a vital part to achieve this goal. The reason for this is because PET/CT provides an opportunity to obtain more tumor information than other techniques, which in turn could improve cancer treatments and increase the survival rate.

This thesis work examined how PET/CT is utilized for cancer treatment in Sweden and how the workflow for the examination can be simplified and improved. This was initially achieved by conducting a literature study where articles and research describing PET/CT and/or cancer treatment both in Sweden and in the... (More)
Cancer is a disease affecting practically the entire society in one way or another. A great effort is made to find a cure and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has recently become a vital part to achieve this goal. The reason for this is because PET/CT provides an opportunity to obtain more tumor information than other techniques, which in turn could improve cancer treatments and increase the survival rate.

This thesis work examined how PET/CT is utilized for cancer treatment in Sweden and how the workflow for the examination can be simplified and improved. This was initially achieved by conducting a literature study where articles and research describing PET/CT and/or cancer treatment both in Sweden and in the world were investigated. Questions for interviews and a questionnaire were constructed based on this information. The result from the interviews and the questionnaire contained data regarding PET/CT and oncology, and how the physicians wish to utilize PET/CT images for cancer treatment in the future. This information was compiled and features were selected to be implemented in a prototype for a user interface for examining PET/CT images. The information will hopefully contribute to an improvement of the everyday life of the physicians and to the PET/CT images being analyzed more time efficiently. This can in turn shorten the investigation part of a cancer treatment and save more lives.

It could be concluded that PET/CT has great potential within the oncology area. The semi-quantitative uptake metric called standardized uptake value (SUV) could for example be developed further and its usage could be increased due to the interest in PET/CT. The disbelief in changes within the health care system was also clear and as a consequence it is vital to design products that are adjustable and have a high usability. (Less)
Popular Abstract (Swedish)
PET/CT OCH CANCERBEHANDLING – RESAN MOT ETT BOTEMEDEL OCH HUR DET KAN UPPTÄCKAS

Cancer – vi blir alla på något sätt påverkade av denna hemska sjukdom och om vi inte gör något drastiskt kommer det snart vara den främsta dödsorsaken i världen. PET/CT är ett analyssystem som kan bidra till en förbättrad cancerbehandling, men för att verkligen ta vara på all dess information måste det undersökas hur läkarna vill att den ska presenteras.
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author
Henrysson, Rebecka LU
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BMEM01 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
PET/CT images, Prototype, PET/CT report, Cancer treatment, SUV, PET/CT
language
English
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2016-03
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8867504
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2016-03-24 09:14:11
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2016-03-24 09:14:11
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  abstract     = {Cancer is a disease affecting practically the entire society in one way or another. A great effort is made to find a cure and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has recently become a vital part to achieve this goal. The reason for this is because PET/CT provides an opportunity to obtain more tumor information than other techniques, which in turn could improve cancer treatments and increase the survival rate. 

This thesis work examined how PET/CT is utilized for cancer treatment in Sweden and how the workflow for the examination can be simplified and improved. This was initially achieved by conducting a literature study where articles and research describing PET/CT and/or cancer treatment both in Sweden and in the world were investigated. Questions for interviews and a questionnaire were constructed based on this information. The result from the interviews and the questionnaire contained data regarding PET/CT and oncology, and how the physicians wish to utilize PET/CT images for cancer treatment in the future. This information was compiled and features were selected to be implemented in a prototype for a user interface for examining PET/CT images. The information will hopefully contribute to an improvement of the everyday life of the physicians and to the PET/CT images being analyzed more time efficiently. This can in turn shorten the investigation part of a cancer treatment and save more lives. 

It could be concluded that PET/CT has great potential within the oncology area. The semi-quantitative uptake metric called standardized uptake value (SUV) could for example be developed further and its usage could be increased due to the interest in PET/CT. The disbelief in changes within the health care system was also clear and as a consequence it is vital to design products that are adjustable and have a high usability.},
  author       = {Henrysson, Rebecka},
  keyword      = {PET/CT images,Prototype,PET/CT report,Cancer treatment,SUV,PET/CT},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Evaluation of Quantitative PET/CT Usage for Cancer Treatment},
  year         = {2016},
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