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J Breast Cancer. 2012 Jun;15(2):252-4. doi: 10.4048/jbc.2012.15.2.252. Epub 2012 Jun 28.

An incidentally detected breast cancer on tc-99m MIBI cardiac scintigraphy.

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Department of Surgery, Diskapi Yildirim Beyazit Teaching and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

Tc-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) scintigraphy is generally used as a second-line diagnostic tool for obscured breast lesions. When the entire field of view is examined carefully, it is often possible to detect additional lesions unrelated to the initial intent and purpose of the examination. Herein we present a case of breast cancer incidentally detected by cardiac Tc-99m MIBI scintigraphy. An area of uptake was detected in the breast during a cardiac imaging test. Further evaluation of this lesion revealed a histopathological diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. Sensitivity of this scintigraphic technique is not enough sufficient to use this test as a screening test for breast cancer, but it may provide supplemental information. Since it is not uncommon to find incidental lesions during imaging studies, examination of the image field may help clinicians find otherwise unrecognized or undiagnosed pathologies.

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Breast; Carcinoma; Scintigraphy

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