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**FOR WOMEN WITH DENSE BREASTS**
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judyfams posted:
Breast Specific Gamma Imaging
BSGI is another diagnostic tool that can detect invasive and non-invasive breast cancers to sizes below 5-10mm. In fact, BSGI may be able to help diagnose abnormalities seen on ultrasound and MRI. Due to that capability it is a very useful tool for women with dense breast tissue.
BSGI uses a special camera, that can take images of the breast without using compression. A tracing agent is injected which usually accumulates in cancer cells (if present) to a much greater degree than in normal cells. The tracing agent gives off invisible rays, that the camera is able to pick up.
The National Institutes of Health has categorized the radiation dose from BSGI as the same as mammography and appropriate for a diagnostic exam.
If you go to www.breastcancer.org you will read that this tool is still experimental.
However if you have been told that you have dense breast tissue and an ultrasound has not been definitive in diagnosing you, you might want to find out where you can have BSGI dome in your area.
For more information about dense breast tissue you might want to check out the following website www.areyoudense.org
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