Nuclear medicine imaging of the parathyroid

Brian P. Mullan

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Nuclear medicine sestamibi parathyroid imaging is now a standard preoperative assessment for patients with hyperparathyroidism. Since the introduction of Technetium-99m (99mTc) sestamibi for parathyroid imaging in 1989 there has been a steady refinement in the imaging technique. The accuracy is determined by the scan technique employed, with the dual-isotope (123Iodine/99mTc sestamibi) scan providing better accuracy than the simpler sestamibi washout method. Now the pathologic parathyroid process can be localized preoperatively with great confidence, limiting the time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)909-939
Number of pages31
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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