Value of thallium-201 scintigraphy for primary tumour detection in patients with malignant neck masses


GUNEY E. , YIGITBASI O. G. , Tutus A. , BOZDEMIR K. , NARDALI M.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE, vol.25, no.4, pp.431-434, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s002590050242
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.431-434

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the contribution of thallium-201 scintigraphy to primary tumour detection in patients with malignant neck masses and to evaluate its sensitivity and specificity. A total of 30 patients with histopathologically proven malignant tumours were included in the study. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of Tl-201 scintigraphy were found to be 54%, 75% and 57% respectively. These results suggest that Tl-201 scintigraphy has a limited value in the detection of the primary tumour in patients with malignant masses of the neck.