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With BSGI, the patient receives a pharmaceutical tracing agent that is absorbed by all the cells in the body. Due to their increased rate of metabolic activity, cancerous cells in the breast absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent than normal, healthy cells and generally appear as "hot spots" on the BSGI image. The Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera is a high-resolution, compact gamma camera, optimized to perform BSGI. The camera provides a manageable four to 16 images versus up to thousands of images with breast MRI.
"BSGI is a physiologic, rather than an anatomic, approach to breast cancer diagnosis. It is likely that the molecular imaging obtained with BSGI is the reason it has the greatest sensitivity for the detection of invasive lobular cancer," said Dr. Brem. "In our study, the sensitivity of BSGI for detecting ILC was greater than MRI. In fact it is known that MRI can be limited in the detection of ILC. In addition, the cost of BSGI is significantly less than a breast MRI."
The complete study can be found in The American Journal of Roentgenology, Invasive Lobular Carcinoma: Detection with Mammography, Sonography, MRI, and Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging, AJR: 192, February 2009 ; Pages 379 - 383.
About Dilon Technologies
Dilon Technologies Inc. is bringing innovative new medical imaging products to market. Dilon's cornerstone product, the Dilon 6800, is a high-resolution, compact field-of-view gamma camera, optimized to perform BSGI, a molecular breast imaging procedure which images the metabolic activity of breast lesions through radiotracer uptake. Many leading medical centers around the country are now offering BSGI to their patients, including:
SOURCE Dilon Technologies Inc.