The role of breast compression in scintimammography

R. Pani, R. Pellegrini, A. Soluri, I.N. Weinberg, G. De Vincentis, R. Scafe, M.N. Cinti, M. Betti, R. Inches, F. Scopinaro, F. Garibaldi, F. Cusanno, A. Del Guerra, I. Khalkhali

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Phantom model was performed to study the effect of breast compression on signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for a dedicated high-resolution gamma camera (Single Photon Emission Mammography, or 'SPEM') and a conventional one as typically employed in prone scintimammography. The phantom was designed to simulate the effects of lesion size and of scatter from nearby torso activity. The phantom studies showed that lesions SNR was higher with the SPEM camera than with the conventional camera, and that SNR was always improved with compression for both cameras. Since the stage of breast cancer diagnosis affects patient prognosis, it is important to optimize breast examinations for small (i.e., T1a and T1b) lesions. For one-cm size lesions (clinical stage T1c), SNR was maximized when compression was less than 12 cm, and little additional benefit was derived from further compression. For subcentimeter (clinical stage T1b) lesions, SNR was maximized when compression was less than 6 cm. These data are consistent with a short clinical study in which detection sensitivity for small cancers was improved with the SPEM camera as compared to a conventional gamma camera. We conclude that, in order to image early breast cancers (stage T1b), it is important to apply breast compression.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event2000 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record - , France
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


Conference2000 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
Period1/1/00 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Pani, R., Pellegrini, R., Soluri, A., Weinberg, I. N., De Vincentis, G., Scafe, R., ... Khalkhali, I. (2000). The role of breast compression in scintimammography. Paper presented at 2000 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, France.