Nuclear medicine imaging of the breast: History, clinical application and integration, and future
Physics of Mammographic Imaging
© 2013 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States (American Cancer Society 2011) (Chapter 7). The mainstays of breast imaging, mammography (Chapter 1) and ultrasound (Chapter 15), rely on anatomically differentiating breast cancer from the heterogeneous pattern of normal tissue. However, overcoming the limitations of these modalities may require evaluating the function of the tissue rather than simply its appearance. Physiological breast imaging modalities hold the potential to improve both sensitivity as well as specificity of breast cancer detection. Nuclear medicine imaging of the breast, one modality that utilizes the physiological parameters of breast cancer, was developed in response to this challenge.
Brem, R., Coffey, C., Torrente, J., & Rapelyea, J. (2012). Nuclear medicine imaging of the breast: History, clinical application and integration, and future. Physics of Mammographic Imaging, (). http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/b13066