The interpretation of mammogram in a postsurgical breast can be extremely complex and difficult because masses, calcifications, and architectural distortion can mimic cancer. Scintimammography has been proposed because it is not affected by these morphological changes and can potentially be used in patients after excision biopsy to assess any residual tumor, other foci of disease (multifocal disease). The population comprised of 21 patients (mean age: 47.80 years, median age: 50 years, and age range: 26-77 years) evaluated for suspected residual breast cancer after excision biopsy. All patients received a 740-1000舁MBq bolus IV injection of Tc-99m-methoxy isobutyl isonitrile (MIBI) preferably in pedal vein. At 5-10舁min after injection, planar images were obtained in prone lateral and supine anterior positions using dual head γ camera. MIBI uptake was scored as follows: 1 - as normal uptake (compared with contralateral side), 2 - focal low-intense uptake (equivocal), and 3 - focal high-intense uptake (positive). All patients had histopathology for tissue diagnosis.
- Breast carcinoma
- Excision biopsy