January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1956
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A definition of the term "scintimammography" is presented. It refers to the mammography enhanced by a radioactive isotope study of healthy and malignant breast tissue. Breast cancer cells are metabolically more active than normal tissues. The radioactive tracer is injected into a peripheral vein and is taken up by metabolically active cells. Scintimammography can be used to identify breast cancers that are otherwise difficult to visualize and to guide breast biopsies.


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