Advances in Breast Cancer Detection: What’s New?
In this test, which is also called a scintimammography, a radiologist injects you with a dye that attaches to cancer cells. Your doctor can watch this through a special camera positioned outside your breast.
“It works well in dense breasts, and it’s very sensitive, but we worry about the radiation dose, which is much greater than what you’d receive in a mammogram,” Newell says.
That’s why, right now, you’ll probably get these tests only if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and take part in a clinical trial. It’ll give doctors a way to measure how well your treatment is working.