New Generation Radiosurgery and Intraoperative Guidance

  • Segundo Jaime González
  • Vivian Strong


The evolution of intraoperative guidance, focusing on gamma and beta rays and their use in radio-guided surgery is comprehensively discussed in this chapter. The clinical utility of alpha, beta, and gamma rays is presented, as well as the pertinent components of an intraoperative probe for proper localization of radiosensitive areas. Commonly used radioisotopes for beta and gamma probe detection, along with their advantages and limitations, are also discussed. Clinical applications of the 18F atom are described, as the use of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F FDG) has increased significantly in the last several years. New technologies are discussed, including surgical visualization with the use of 3D image reconstruction, position tracking, as well as augmented and virtual reality technologies. These show a great promise of rapidly expanding this surgical field for the use and benefit of the next generation of surgeons and their patients.


Intraoperative guidance Gamma Beta and PET probes Augmented and virtual reality Intraoperative visualization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA
  2. 2.Surgery DepartmentMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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