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Radiation, Risks Are Focus of Breast Screening Studies

There are 1 comment on the HendersonvilleNews.com story from Aug 24, 2010, titled Radiation, Risks Are Focus of Breast Screening Studies. In it, HendersonvilleNews.com reports that:

Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 5:11 a.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 5:11 a.m. When Dr.

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Tara

Washington, DC

#1 Sep 3, 2010
Before you draw any final conclusions, you may want to read what experts at the Society of Nuclear Medicine say at http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm... :

The Aug. 24 article in The New York Times on breast imaging (“Radiation, Risks Are Focus of Breast Screening Studies”) cautions against tests that expose patients to unnecessary radiation. The Society of Nuclear Medicine supports this position, but notes that the risk of radiation exposure must be viewed in the context of the potential medical benefit for each patient. It is inappropriate to compare the radiation dose from nuclear medicine procedures such as positron emission mammography (PEM) and breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI) used in the diagnosis and care of patients with evidence of disease, with routine digital mammography used for screening. These breast-specific molecular imaging tests provide essential information about the spread of disease and its response to therapy. With this information, physicians can better target therapy for each patient—making personalized medicine not only cost-effective, but also sparing patients from unnecessary surgery or undue anxiety about their health.

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