Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI)
This procedure, also known as breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI), is performed as a follow-up study to a mammogram that is inconclusive or detects cancer, or in combination with screening mammography for women with especially dense breasts or women who have a high risk of cancer.
MBI can be used to:
- Detect small (less than 1 cm) lesions that mammography and physical exams may miss
- Detect cancers that are difficult to detect using mammography
- Determine the exact location of a tumor before surgery
During the procedure:
- You will receive an injection with a low dose of the MBI radiotracer, which will accumulate in malignant tissue.
- After several minutes, you will go to the MBI equipment, which looks similar to a mammogram machine.
- The technologist will take pictures of your breast with a special gamma camera using standard mammogram positions. Each image takes approximately 10 minutes, and the entire procedure will last about 46 to 60 minutes.
How to schedule molecular breast imaging
- Ask your primary care physician for a referral
- Appointments are available in the Nuclear Medicine department in Hillcrest
- Call us for an appointment at 619-543-1986