The most common reason for cancer recurrence is failure to detect and remove cancer cells in the tumor area, most frequently occurring after previous surgical resections. These tumors are not visibly discernable, nor are they palpable. The PET isotope, FDG-18, is most often used to localize these occult tumor cells. FDG-18 accumulates in these cells at a targeted rate of at least 1.5 times faster than healthy tissue, due to the metabolic uptake of this isotope at the tumor site.
PET technology is designed to permit surgeons to intra-operatively localize these tumors by measuring the metabolic uptake of this isotope.
Cases where PET probe-guided surgery may be applicable include lymphoma, thyroid cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, and head & neck cancer.
PET Probe-Guided Surgery: Applications and Clinical Protocol
Seza A. Gulec, Erica Hoenie, Richard Hostetter, and Douglas Schwartzentruber (June 2007)
Dynasil Products has been a pioneer in handheld PET technology. Our goal is to develop the most effective system for recurrent cancer localization.
Gamma PET Probe (Part # SP-3045-00)
|Tip Diameter||22mm; 30mm incl. collimator|
|Tip Angle||0 degrees|
|Energy Range||Up to 525 keV|