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Gamma Probe

A gamma probe, a hand-held device for intraoperative use following interstitial injection of a radionuclide, to locate sentinel lymph nodes by their radioactivity. It is used primarily for sentinel lymph node mapping and parathyroid surgery. 

The sentinel node experienced high growth during the last 10 years starting with melanoma sentinel node surgical search and breast cancer sentinel node staging; both are currently considered standards of care. New applications are being developed for parathyroid direct detection and intra-operative detection of cancerous tissue using tumor-seeking radiopharmaceuticals. Parathyroid detection is growing fast, while the intraoperative use of gamma probes for direct tumor detection is just emerging.

In the 'Related Links' section you will find articles related to this technique. In the Quality Management section within this website you will find information related to Gamma Probe Quality Control.