This is intended as a guide to users who are purchasing intraoperative gamma probesystems, aimed mainly at institutions having little or no previous experience in theevaluation, purchase and use of such systems. Publication of this document by the UKGamma Probe Group has been prompted by the planned national introduction of thesentinel node biopsy procedure into the management of Breast Cancer within the UK (1).
This document is intended to provide some assistance in this process, outlining key criteriaagainst which the user may evaluate systems marketed for this application and make anappropriate selection from their findings. A technical specification questionnaire documentis also available for use in the purchase process.
Version 1, Issued October 2004. Prepared by the UK Gamma Probe Working Group.