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Breast-specific gamma imaging detects occult cancer

from Medscape Medical News

Breast-specific gamma imaging appears to be comparable to magnetic resonance imaging in its ability to detect additional occult breast cancer lesions in women who already have biopsy-proven breast cancer, a new study concludes. The study involved 159 women. BSGI, which is also known as molecular breast imaging, found occult cancer in the same breast as the index lesion in nine women (6 percent) and in the contralateral breast in five women (3 percent). "Our study demonstrates that the detection of occult foci of breast cancer with BSGI is comparable to that reported for MRI," write the authors, led by Rachel Brem, MD, from the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. The study appears in the June issue of the Academic Radiology. more

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