Sentinel node

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From:"Bill Sinai (Anatomical Pathology)" <>
Date:Thu, 23 Sep 1999 13:10:12 +1000EST
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Breast and sentinel nodes received for Histopathology still contain 
an amount of Technetium when received in  the laboratory.  What 
precautions (if any) do laboratories have in place to protect staff 
from exposure to this risk. 

It has been suggested from several sources that the radiation 
levels are minimal, however, there seems to be some dispute among 
pathologists as to how the specimen should be:

1.  Handled and stored prior to dissection.
2.  Handled at dissection.
3.  Any protection or warning that should be offered to staff.
4.  Stored after dissection.

Any information would be appreciated.
Many thanks.

Bill Sinai
Department Manager
Tissue Pathology
ICPMR Westmead Hospital 
Phone 61+2+9845 7774  Fax 61+2+9687 2330

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