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September 1988

The Pitfalls of Technetium Tc 99m/Thallium 201 Parathyroid Scanning

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Voorman, Petti, and Chonkich) and Radiology-Nuclear Medicine (Drs Schulz and Kirk), Loma Linda (Calif) University Medical Center.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(9):993-995. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860210059015

• Technetium Tc 99m/thallium 201 parathyroid scanning has been proved to be effective by multiple researchers. A review of 54 patients who underwent scanning and operations at an institution showed the scans to be accurate in 83%. There were 15% false-negative and 2% false-positive scans. The pitfalls of parathyroid scanning can be related to false-positives and false-negatives.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1988;114:993-995)