Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)

Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)

The NCH Physician’s Group was the first in Naples to offer the new imaging technique - Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), is a functional imaging technology that can aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer, as a complement to mammography, when a mammogram is inconclusive; revealing important information that can help determine if an area of concern is cancerous or not.

There are many uses for BSGI including patients with implants, family history of breast cancer, and patients with difficult mammograms due to dense breast tissue. It is best used as a problem solving technology, not for screening purposes, to help characterize a suspected lesion in women with dense breast tissue or multiple mammographic lumps that are not able to be differentiated by ultrasound.

What should I expect
BSGI uses a specially designed camera that allows for capturing metabolic images of the breast. A small amount of a tracing agent will be injected into the arm which is absorbed by all the cells of the body. Because cancerous cells have a higher rate of metabolic activity, the tracing agent usually concentrates in these cells to a much greater degree than in normal cells. The gamma camera then images the breast to visualize any cells that have been highlighted by the tracing agent.

During the examination, the breast is supported between the camera and a top plate without much compression, making it very comfortable for the patient. Each image can take 5 to 10 minutes to acquire, depending on the protocol used. The results are generated on a computer screen and can be manipulated for interpretation by our radiologist.

How do I prepare
There is no special preparation for a BSGI. As with a mammogram, the patient will be asked to remove clothing from the waist up and to change into a gown that open in the front. Be sure to inform the radiologist if you are pregnant or think you could be.

BSGI is offered only at
South Naples Professional Center

4330 Tamiami Trail E.
Naples, Florida 34112
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Hours: Monday – Friday8:00 am to 4:30

To schedule a BSGI Exam please contact Main Scheduling at 239-643-8890

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