Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates about 212,600 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2003.

Breast Cancer may metastasize to almost any organ, but most commonly to lymph nodes, lungs, liver and bones. The earlier the breast cancer is found the more accurate the initial staging of breast cancer, the better the chances for successful treatment.

PET imaging is a non-invasive procedure that provides a valuable picture of the internal organs at work and is demonstrated to be a valuable strategy in the staging and evaluation of treatment in breast cancer patients.


Accuracy in detecting breast cancer



Source: Clinical Positron Imaging Journal, the official Journal of the Academy of Molecular Imaging, Vol 3, Number 5, Sept-Oct 2 2000.

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Sensitivity in detecting breast cancer



Karl H. et al. Clinical Positron Imaging, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 197-205, 2000.