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Step 13

The patient should then be transported to the surgical holding area where the usual preoperative preparations for anesthesia and thoracoscopy can begin. Maintenance of a small localized injection of Tc-99m MAA in the lung has been shown for up to 8 hours in a study at our institution. Because surgical case start times are often unpredictable, the stability of the radiotracer in vivo after CT-guided placement greatly enhances its adaptation to the operating suite realities.

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