Breast tumour diagnosis
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of technetium-99m-tetrofosmin and technetium-99m-MIBI in a head-to-head comparison. Both radiopharmaceuticals are routinely used for detecting breast cancer. In a prospective, open, diagnostic trial, the two radiopharmaceuticals were administered randomly on different days to the same 101 women suffering from 103 breast tumours. Planar images and single photon emission computer tomography (SPET) were performed. After histological examination of the tumours, sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive value were compared. 99mTc-tetrofosmin and 99mTc-MIBI showed low sensitivity in planar images (44% vs 46%, respectively). SPET improved sensitivity (70% vs 69%, respectively). Specificity in planar images was 83% and 87%, and it was even lower using SPET (70% vs 78%, respectively). Positive predictive value in planar images was 76% vs 81%, and it was not changed by SPET. Negative predictive value was low in planar images (54% vs 57%, respectively), but it was improved by using SPET (65% vs 67%, respectively). In conclusion, 99mTc-tetrofosmin and 99mTc-MIBI scintigraphy show similar diagnostic value in assessing suspicious breast lesions.
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