A New Exam Increases Detection of Invasive Breast Cancer Almost Threefold.

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A new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology concluded that by using Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI),  a supplemental imaging technology to find tumors otherwise obscured by dense tissue on mammograms,  researchers were able to increase detection of invasive breast cancer in women  almost threefold.

In the study 1,585 women with heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts underwent an MBI exam at the time of their screening mammogram. This procedure increased the detection rate of invasive breast cancer by more than 360 percent when used in addition to regular screening mammograms. MBI uses small semiconductor-based gamma cameras that image the breast after injection of a radioactive traxcer that is absorbed by the tumor.

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