A TUMOR OR NOT A TUMOR?
FOR WOMEN WITH DENSE BREAST TISSUE, MAMMOGRAMS MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO TELL.
A NEW NON-INVASIVE TOOL COULD HELP DOCTORS CATCH CANCERS THAT OTHER TESTS CAN'T DETECT.
BUSY REALTOR KRISTAN MALIN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.
RECENTLY, IT WAS LIKE DE-JA-VU.
"Yeah I found the lump and I of course panicked and thought. Oh my gosh I just had a lumpectomy, I've been through radiation. This isn't right, it can't be!"
FOR THOUSANDS OF WOMEN LIKE KRISTAN, MAMMOGRAMS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH DENSE BREAST TISSUE FROM TUMORS.
"It's really hard to look for a small tumor that's also going to be white, which is what dense breast tissue appears.
BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER IS TAKING A NEW APPROACH TO DETECT CANCER IN THESE CASES. IT'S CALLED M-B-I--MOLECULAR BREAST IMAGING.
"I think the breakthrough is that it's so different than all of our other tools."
THE PATIENT IS INJECTED WITH A RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPE THAT SUPER-CONCENTRATES IN AREAS WHERE THERE'S CELLULAR ENERGY ASSOCIATED WITH CANCER. THE TUMOR APPEARS AS AN EASY-TO-SEE DARK SPOT.
"It's able to help us differentiate things that we might otherwise have to biopsy."
AS FOR KRISTAN'S M-B-I RESULTS...
"The radiologist was able to determine that it wasn't breast cancer. She could clearly see that it wasn't breast cancer, and I knew for sure when I walked out of the office that afternoon that it wasn't anything to be concerned about."
PEACE OF MIND ON A MOLECULAR LEVEL.
ONLY A FEW CENTERS AROUND THE U-S ARE USING THE NEW MOLECULAR BREAST IMAGING APPROACH.
M-B-I FOR BOTH BREASTS TAKES ABOUT 45 MINUTES AND EXPOSES THE PATIENT TO SLIGHTLY MORE RADIATION THAN A SCREENING MAMMOGRAM. RESEARCH IS UNDERWAY TO TRY TO REDUCE THAT EXPOSURE.
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