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A New Gamma Camera Technique for the Detection of Small Breast Tumors

in the device or because they were too small to detect with this technology (2 to 4 millimeters or about one-tenth to fifteen-one hundreths of an inch), says Dr. O’Connor. Still, the gamma camera was 88 percent accurate in picking up cancers less than 10 millimeters.

The researchers will also discuss preliminary findings from an ongoing, blinded clinical trial comparing the gamma camera with mammography in 2,000 women who have come to Mayo Clinic for routine screening. In the first 250 patients, the gamma camera detected four cancers, and three of these were not visible on a mammogram.

“Although these initial results are very exciting, we clearly need to image more patients to confirm the promise of the device,” says Dr. Rhodes. She says the team hopes to complete the ongoing trial in the next two years.

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