What is BSGI?
Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) is a molecular breast imaging procedure that shows the metabolic activity of breast lesions. The Dilon 6800® Gamma Camera is optimized to reveal images that help doctors manage difficult to diagnose cases. (See www.gammagram.com)
BSGI has been performed on more than 80,000 patients in both hospitals and private imaging centers across the country.
A small amount of tracing agent is delivered to the patient, and is absorbed by all cells in the body. The tracing agent emits invisible gamma rays, which are detected by the Dilon 6800 and translated into a digital image of the breast. Due to the higher metabolic activity of cancerous cells, these cells absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent and are revealed as "dark spots."
Other tests, such mammography and ultrasound, image the physical structure of the breast. BSGI captures the actual cellular function of the breast tissue.
BSGI is a valuable tool following a questionable mammogram, when further evaluation is needed. Especially when patients have:
- dense breast tissue
- multiple indeterminate or suspicious lesions or clusters of microcalcifications
- lesions that can be felt, but not detected with mammography or ultrasound
- post-surgical or post-therapeutic densities
- been taking Hormone Replacement Therapy
The Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera
BSGI is made possible by the Dilon 6800®, a leading edge, high-resolution camera that:
- creates clear pictures so your doctor can see cancers at a very early stage
- can see lesions even in dense tissue
- provide multiple angle views.
The result is quicker and more accurate detection of breast cancer than with mammography alone.
Don’t Wait — Get Answers Now
The Dilon 6800 is used right in your doctor's breast-imaging center so you may be able to receive same-day evaluation at the point of care. Most of all, you will get peace of mind by receiving the information you need quickly.
Advantages for BSGI
- Can find cancers missed by mammography and ultrasound
- Test right in the doctor's office
- Same-day evaluation
- Accurate results
- Costs less than some other imaging techniques
- May help prevent the need for short term follow up for some patients
Finding Cancer Early: Current Screening Methods
Finding abnormal tissue or cancer as early as possible is crucial, as it may be easier to treat. Every woman, by the age of 20, should start regular screening methods.
“Screening” is looking for cancer before any sign of symptoms. If abnormal tissue is found during a screening, additional diagnostic tests are conducted to determine if you have cancer.
Regular screenings make it possible to catch potential problems early. There are three types of screenings to help women catch breast cancer early:
By the age of 20, women should self-examine their breasts every month for any changes in tissue. If you find something that seems unusual, have a doctor check it out as soon as possible.
Clinical breast exam
During a clinical breast exam, your physician will examine the breasts, feeling for any lumps or unusual tissue. Beginning at age 20, women should have a clinical breast exam every two to three years.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. The breast is positioned between two plates that flatten the breast to spread out the tissue and help identify any abnormal areas.
Most standard mammographic work-ups include two views of each breast taken from different angles. This way the breasts can be compared and checked for abnormalities. If you have had a mammogram in the past, the radiologist will compare your old mammogram to the new one to look for changes.
Many national health organizations recommend that women over the age of 40 receive annual mammography screenings. Women under the age of 40 with either a family history of breast cancer or other concerns about their personal breast health should consult their doctor about when to start screenings. It is widely recommended that women get a baseline mammogram at age 35 for comparison with all later images.
After a Questionable Mammogram
Although mammograms detect most breast cancers, they are not foolproof. Mammograms are sensitive, but they are not specific. This means that when an abnormality is detected, the reader cannot necessarily tell what it is.
In addition, normal breast tissue can hide breast cancer, so that it does not show up on the mammogram. This is called a false negative.
An abnormality that looks like cancer on a mammogram could turn out to be normal. This "false alarm" is called a false positive. To make up for these limitations, testing beyond mammography is often necessary.
In the event that a mammogram is suspicious for cancer, the next step is diagnostic testing. Current protocols include ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or nuclear medicine techniques.
BSGI goes beyond mammography, MRI and ultrasound, and has emerged as an affordable, next step imaging test for breast cancer diagnosis. This functional medicine technique can differentiate cancerous and non-cancerous cells to help you and your doctor see what matters.
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