Beaumont’s innovative technology helps detect early-onset breast cancer

A new technology only available to Metro Detroit patients through Beaumont Hospital of Troy will help diagnose early-stage breast cancer.

The new breast cancer imaging tool, called called Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging, can be used as a secondary diagnostical tool after mammography, ultrasound and MRI.

“People who may benefit from the new imaging technique are those who are at increased risk of the disease; those with scar tissue, implants, or lesions that can be felt, but cannot be detected using standard techniques such as, mammography, ultrasound or MRI,” says Eric Brown, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic at Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

The imaging tool is a high-resolution digital gamma camera that uses a small amount of injected tracer that is actively taken up by breast cancers. The cancerous cells absorb more of the tracer than regular cells, and are revealed as dark spots on the image.

While mammograms will remain the primary screening and diagnostic tool, BSGI will help Beaumont’s doctors catch cancer earlier in some patients.

For more information on this new technology, call Beaumont’s Nuclear Medicine department at (248) 964-4870 or visit Beaumont’s Comprehensive Breast Care website.