How is the patient positioned for breast cancer lymphoscintigraphy (sentinel lymph node mapping)?

Updated: Dec 13, 2018
  • Author: Durre Sabih, MBBS, MSc, FRCP(Edin); Chief Editor: Mahan Mathur, MD  more...
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The patient must be imaged in the same position used for surgery, so that there is no shift when the sentinel node is marked on the skin. The patient is usually supine with the ipsilateral arm abducted at 90 degrees and suitably supported.


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