Targeting gold at the end of the rainbow: Surgical gamma probes in the 21st century

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Abstract

Surgical gamma detection probes (GDPs) have become important in the surgical management of neoplastic disease in the past 20 years. Their history and radiophysics are discussed, with consideration of the overarching issue of tumor-to-background ratio (TBR). GDPs are currently most commonly used in sentinel node applications in a variety of tumors. Whether their role in clinical surgical practice can be extended to other applications will depend on the development of radiolabeled tumor marking agents which have much improved TBR, and parallel developments in oncology research which may overtake this technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-289
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of surgical oncology
Volume96
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2007

Keywords

  • Radioimmunoguided surgery
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Tumor-to background ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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