The Value of Scintigraphy in Staging Esophageal Carcinoma
The primary benefit of clinical staging of esophageal carcinoma is improved selection of therapeutic modalities. The most common methods of clinical assessment are history and physical examination, barium swallow, and chest radiograph. They provide very little information about tumor stage, particularly with respect to the incidence of distant organ metastases. Our experience using routine scintigraphic techniques to detect distant metastases is summarized.
KeywordsEsophageal Cancer Esophageal Carcinoma Bone Scan Distant Organ Metastasis Scintigraphic Technique
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