Changing the intraoperative nodal status of a breast cancer patient using freehand SPECT for sentinel lymph node biopsy

Christina Bluemel, Andreas Schnelzer, Alexandra Ehlerding, Klemens Scheidhauer, Marion Kiechle

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Abstract

Radio-guided sentinel lymph node biopsy in early-stage breast cancer is standard of care. Freehand SPECT is a system for intraoperative visualization of radioactivity in the body. It generates a 3-dimensional image of the radioactivity distribution complementing the acoustic information of the gamma probe by providing depth and radioactive uptake information. In the reported case, freehand SPECT was used in a breast cancer patient as a control method after conventional sentinel lymph node biopsy. Freehand SPECT identified an additional lymph node, changing the original stage from pN1(mic) (micrometastasis) to pN1a (nodal positive), resulting in an axillary lymph node dissection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e313-e314
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2014

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