Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging
Geary Community Hospital provides state of the art breast care with the Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging. Using the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera, BSGI captures the metabolic activity of the breast using a radioactive tracing agent. Once in the body, the agent is absorbed by the cells in the body and in turn emit an invisible gamma ray that is detected by the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera. Due to the higher metabolic activity of cancerous cells, these cells absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent and are revealed as “hot spots.”
This molecular breast imaging technique can help doctors more reliably differentiate cancerous from non-cancerous cells. While other adjunct modalities, such as MRI and ultrasound, image the physical structure of the breast, BSGI captures the cellular functioning of the breast tissue.