Women in Tucson now have another diagnostic tool available in the fight against breast cancer. Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) is appropriate when the results of a mammogram are inconclusive and/or the woman has dense breasts, scar tissue from a previous surgery or breast implants that may make it difficult to detect breast abnormalities.
Northwest Women's Imaging is the only imaging center in town to offer Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI).
With BSGI, the patient receives a pharmaceutical tracing agent that is absorbed by all the cells in the body. Due to their increased rate of metabolic activity, cancerous cells in the breast absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent than normal, healthy cells and generally appear as "dark spots" on the BSGI image.
The BSGI exam takes about one hour to perform. Because there is only slight compression of the breast and patients are seated throughout the entire procedure, it is much more comfortable than a mammogram. In addition, insurance companies generally cover BSGI.
Radiologist Dr. Gary Wood has focused solely on women's imaging for more than 15 years. As Medical Director at Northwest Women's Imaging, he spearheaded the implementation of the BSGI technology for the center. Dr. Wood says, "BSGI is the appropriate next step for a woman with questionable mammography results. No more 'wait and see' for patients. BSGI allows a more accurate determination."
Our staff will work to make your exam as easy as possible and get the results to you and your primary care physician or OB/GYN quickly.
Patients will need a referral from a physician for the BSGI exam.
To learn more about BSGI, call Northwest Women's Imaging at (520) 877-4190.
6200 North LaCholla Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85741