Implementation of diagnostic resources for cancer in developing countries: A focus on PET/CT

Haydeé C. Verduzco-Aguirre, Gilberto Lopes, Enrique Soto-Perez-De-Celis

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Positron emission tomography in conjunction with computed tomography (PET/CT) is a relatively novel diagnostic tool which has been proven to be clinically useful in various neoplasms. Currently, only a handful of developing countries have PET/CT capabilities, and in those that do units are mostly located in large urban areas, which limits their availability. The implementation of PET/CT units in low-and-middle income countries is hampered by their high cost, the difficulties associated with their operation, and the limited availability of trained personnel. Furthermore, although the clinical appropriateness of PET/CT is well defined in many scenarios, little is known about its cost-effectiveness, particularly in settings with limited resources. Here, we provide a brief overview of the challenges associated with the implementation of PET/CT in resource-limited settings, including some examples of available data on its cost-effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbered87
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2019


  • Biomedical
  • Computed tomography
  • Developing countries
  • Diagnostic test approval
  • Economic evaluation
  • Positron-emission tomography
  • Technology assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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