A simplified technique for localizing and verifying the correct biopsy site of lesions identified on a bone scan has been utilized. A hand-held gamma counter was used for localization of incision placement, determination of extent of bone to be resected, and verification that appropriate tissue was resected. This technique was used to guide biopsy of bony lesions in five patients and to guide resection of a pubic ramus chondrosarcoma. We conclude that intraoperative use of a gamma counter to guide biopsy of bony lesions minimizes surgery time, increases the confidence of obtaining correct tissue, and makes a frequently frustrating procedure very simple. In addition, the probe may assist with determining adequate margins at definitive resection of tumours which accumulate technetium-99m MDP.
- gamma counter
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