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Study Shows Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) is Easy for Breast Imagers to Learn Regardless of Experience
Date:4/6/2011

nter, a participant in the study.  "Assessing for areas of focal uptake typically is straightforward and takes just 1-3 minutes at most. In comparison, interpreting breast MR can take anywhere between 5-20 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the case and the number of sequences acquired."

Complementing this study, the lexicon paper outlines a standardized terminology to report PEM findings, similar to the BI-RADS developed through the American College of Radiology used extensively for mammography, ultrasound, and breast MRI.  Twenty investigators reviewed 404 malignancies in 388 patients in the development of the PEM lexicon.  The most interesting finding was that category 3, "probably benign," had a substantially higher rate of malignancy when compared to other modalities demonstrating how PEM is more accurate and decisive at differentiating between malignant and benign lesions in what is called "specificity."  Ultimately, PEM's high specificity has been suggested to be able to reduce unnecessary biopsies.  

About Naviscan, Inc.

Naviscan, founded in 1995, develops and markets compact, high-resolution PET scanners intended to provide organ-specific molecular imaging and guide radiological and surgical procedures. The Naviscan PEM scanner is currently installed and available in breast and imaging centers throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. The Company is headquartered in San Diego, California and is the first to obtain FDA-clearance for a high-resolution PET scanner designed to image small body parts and for breast biopsy image guidance. For more information, call 1.858.587.3641 or visit www.naviscan.com.


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