Molecular Imaging Versus Biopsy

Benefits of molecular imagingLimitations and risks of biopsy
Stages cancerIs invasive
Predicts response to therapyIs restricted to accessible lesions
Monitors and evaluates therapeutic benefitHas limited ability to be repeated
Advances personalized medicine and targeted therapyHas risk of disseminating tumor cells
Images a specific biomarker (ER)
Has shorter image acquisition time