However, there may be a role for FDG-PET in prognosis, with FDG-avid lesions representing poorly differentiated tumors and poorer prognosis.
The image above shows extensive hepatocellular carcinoma in the liver with a right adrenal metastasis (arrows). The FDG uptake pattern is essentially normal in both the liver and the right adrenal gland.
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