This report describes our initial experience using positron emission tomography (PET) scanning in esophageal cancer patients. In two patients PET identified distant metastatic disease missed by conventional staging. Laparoscopic biopsy provided histological confirmation of metastases. In the third patient, locoregional lymph nodes were identified by PET and confirmed by surgical staging. In this preliminary report, PET appears to be a promising new noninvasive modality for staging patients with esophageal cancer.
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