Positron emission tomography in Quebec

Dussault F P, Nguyen V H, Rachet F
Record ID 32002000001
English, French
Authors' objectives:

This report aims to examine the appropriateness of deploying positron emission tomography (PET) for clinical purposes in Quebec, where there are already two mainly research-oriented centres equipped with this technology.

Authors' recommendations: This report found that, while the list of clinical uses is growing, the formal assessment reports on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of PET are cautious about the strength of the hard data. Nonetheless, a good number of clinical uses of PET are recognized in oncology, neurology and cardiology. There are several other, potential or nonrecognized uses in these fields (data incomplete or nonexistent). The hard data nonetheless seem sufficient for recommending the deployment of PET in Quebec for certain clinical uses. A ministerial master plan should govern this deployment, taking into account the population's clinical needs and the specialized human and physical resources that this technology requires. Furthermore, this deployment should be accompanied by research, training and validation and take place in close collaboration with university hospital centres and university institutes.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Neoplasms
  • Nervous System Diseases
Organisation Name: Agence d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé
Contact Address: 2021, avenue Union, Bureau 10.083,Montreal, Quebec H3A S29, Canada.Tel: +1 514 873 2563; Fax: +1 514 873 1369
Contact Name: demande@inesss.qc.ca
Contact Email: demande@inesss.qc.ca
Copyright: Agence d'Evaluation des Technologies et des Modes d'Intervention en Sante (AETMIS)
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