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Dilon Technologies Explores Improvements in Molecular Breast Imaging
Date:11/7/2007

r shorter imaging time. In addition, it allows for uniform lesion visibility throughout the breast volume, independent of lesion depth. Optimization of the algorithm for combining the images may further improve the performance beyond the presently used multiplication.

Some of the practical challenges of implementing a dual-head system over a single-head system include the substantial cost increase of adding a second detector as well as limited portability. In addition, having dual heads makes it difficult to do axilla views and image small body parts for various other nuclear medicine procedures, thus limiting the system's versatility.

While laboratory phantom studies with a dual-head system seem promising, it is not yet clear if or how much its utilization will improve the clinical sensitivity of molecular breast imaging over that of a single-head system. Dilon continues to believe that the single-head system provides broader clinical utility and cost-effectiveness than the dual-head approach and that the clinical imaging standard of craniocaudal and mediolateral oblique views provides excellent results, which has been demonstrated in clinical studies and private practice on over 20,000 patients. Dilon Technologies, through its relationship with the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, is committed to the exploration of emerging technologies and will pursue those that are clinically viable.

Collaborators of the study include: the Virginia Detector Development Group at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Detector and Imaging Group at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia; and Dilon Technologies, Inc. of Newport News, Virginia.

About BSGI with the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera

Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) performed with the Dilon 6800, is a molecular breast imaging technique that can see lesions independent of tissue density and discover very early stage cancers.
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