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Intraoperative radiation exposure with the use of18F-FDG–guided thyroid cancer surgery

Authors
Journal
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
0194-5998
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Volume
142
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.otohns.2009.11.005
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

Abstract Radio-guided surgery is an established means for surgeons to identify a target of interest for biopsy or excision. This technique is used for a variety of malignancies as well as minimally invasive parathyroid surgery. The primary radionuclide used for these procedures is technetium-99m (Tc-99m), but others have been used. Use of 18fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose ( 18F-FDG) in oncology has proliferated. This has created the opportunity to use 18F-FDG as a potential radio tracer in the operating room. A pilot study of three patients with non-iodine avid thyroid cancers undergoing 18F-FDG–guided revision thyroid cancer surgery is reported. Radiation exposure to operating room personnel was measured. Radiation exposure to the surgeon and staff members of an operating room is well below the limits of the National Regulatory Commission. Therefore, utilization of this radiopharmaceutical intraoperatively should not be limited in the future because of concern regarding exposure of operating room personnel to radiation.

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