Intraoperative Radio-Guided Identification of Parathyroid Adenomas with the Gamma

Baskies, Arnold M.; Mayer, Paul
August 1999
American Surgeon;Aug1999, Vol. 65 Issue 8, p766
Academic Journal
Previous radiological imaging studies for identification of parathyroid adenomas have generally been unreliable. Currently, preoperative administration of Tc-99m sestamibi improves detection of parathyroid adenomas. Combining preoperative administration of sestamibi radionuclide with the gamma probe intraoperatively can successfully identify the exact location of parathyroid adenomas in a community hospital setting and facilitate a safe and efficient operation. A team approach, including surgeon, radiologist, and technologist, is recommended to facilitate mastery of the learning curve.


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