With the rapid expansion of robot-assisted surgical procedures, the need for robot-compliant image guidance technologies has also increased. Examples hereof are the integrated firefly fluorescence camera, the drop-in ultrasound probe, and the recently introduced DROP-IN gamma probe. Combined with 68Ga–prostate-specific membrane antigen–(PSMA)–11 PET/CT (staging) and 99mTc-PSMA-I&S SPECT/CT (preoperative imaging), the latter DROP-IN gamma probe technology recently allowed us to perform the first clinical cases of robot-assisted PSMA-guided salvage surgery of lymphatic metastases.
From the *Interventional Molecular Imaging Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden;
†Department of Urology, Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
‡Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine; and
§Martini-Clinic, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.
Received for publication December 7, 2018; revision accepted March 3, 2019.
Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: This research was supported by an NWO-TTW-VICI grant (TTW 16141). Material support was provided by Eurorad (Eurorad S.A., Eckbolsheim, France) supporting our study with a prototype DROP-IN gamma probe. None declared to all authors.
Correspondence to: Fijs W. B. van Leeuwen, PhD, Interventional Molecular Imaging Laboratory, Department of Radiology, C2-S zone, Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, 2300 RC Leiden, the Netherlands. E-mail: F.W.B.van_Leeuwen@lumc.nl; or Tobias Maurer, MD, PhD, FEBU, Leitender Arzt, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martini-Klinik am UKE GmbH, Martinistraße 52 Gebäude Ost 46, 20246 Hamburg, Germany. E-mail: email@example.com.
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Online date: May 17, 2019