Hybrid Gamma Ray / Optical Camera For Bedside Lymph Node, Tumor Diagnosis, University of Nottingham Reveals

At the Leicester and Nottingham universities in England, scientists have miniaturized a gamma camera so that it can be used bedside to help spot and diagnose tumors and lymph nodes. Current gamma ray imaging systems take up an entire room within nuclear medicine departments, which puts limits on how many patients can be scanned and doesn’t allow its use in other environments, such as the operating theater. Gamma probes, on the other hand, used for lymph node mapping and parathyroid tumor removal, don’t have imaging capabilities. They’re essentially Geiger counters used to locate targets injected with a radionuclide.

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