[MIBI-scintigraphy. A simple and reliable method for localization of pathological parathyroid glands]

Lakartidningen. 1996 Apr 17;93(16):1523-7.
[Article in Swedish]


99Tcm-sestamibi scintigraphy was used to localise enlarged parathyroid glands in 25 patients with primary hyperparathyroidism previously operated in the neck, 20 of whom had recurrent disease and five had previously undergone surgery for thyroid disorders. Of the 18 patients for whom positive scans were obtained, nine were operated on the scan findings being confirmed. Crucial information was provided in two cases of intrathyroidal and one case of intramediastinal localisation of the pathological gland were not operated on as the hypercalcaemia was only marginal or the symptoms were vague. Though preoperative localisation of pathological parathyroid glands is a prerequisite for neck exploration in patients with persistent or recurrent hypercalcaemia due to primary (or secondary) hyperparathyroidism, the procedure is not cost-effective before the initial operation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperparathyroidism / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parathyroid Glands / diagnostic imaging*
  • Parathyroid Glands / pathology
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi*


  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi