Intraoperative gamma cameras for radioguided surgery: technical characteristics, performance parameters, and clinical applications

Phys Med. 2013 Mar;29(2):126-38. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmp.2012.05.002. Epub 2012 Jun 4.


Several small gamma cameras (SGCs) intended for surgical use are now in development or currently being marketed. In this review, we discuss the characteristics, performance, and clinical use of SGCs which are hand-held and small enough to be easily managed by surgeons during their procedures. We expect that SGCs have the potential to be used more widely in radioguided surgery. As advancing molecular imaging technologies will broaden clinical indications, SGCs will likely be used and integrated with other imaging modalities into numerous types of radioguided surgery in the near future.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Gamma Cameras*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Period
  • Parathyroid Glands / surgery
  • Radioimmunodetection
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*