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Sestamibi Nuclear Scan Research Publications

Want more current information about your disease? Here are some recently published research articles available through done by your UW Hospital surgeons about parathyroid surgery:


UW Publication


Lal A, Chen H. The Negative Sestamibi Scan: Is a Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy Still Possible? Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2007; 14:2362-2366

Ideally, a nuclear scan can help localize the single hyperfunctioning parathyroid gland prior to surgery, so that the patient can have a more direct, minimally invasive operation.  However, sometimes these scans come back negative.  This study shows that 67% of patients with a negative scan still end up having a single problematic parathyroid.  This means that most patients with hyperparathyroid symptoms who have a negative scan are still candidates for the minimally invasive surgery.  The surgeon can use other techniques instead to help localize the parathyroid.