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Step 14

During thoracoscopy, the lesion is localized by the surgeon using a hand-held radioprobe. After confirming focal radioactivity in the known location of the nodule, a wedged-shaped portion of the lung, as small as feasibly possible, is resected.


Covered radioprobe inserted into thoracic space                  Thoracoscopic view of intrathoracic radioprobe

The surgeon will also want to confirm focal radioactivity in the resected specimen with the radioprobe ex vivo before deeming the excision complete. The surgical specimen is sent for pathological examination.

Confirmation of radioactivity in surgical specimen ex vivo before surgical closure

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