Technetium-99m-MDP and, recently, a 99mTc-labeled synthetic decapentapeptide have been shown to localize in breast lesions. Our goal was to develop an acquisition protocol to improve image quality, to improve detection of axillary lymph nodes with disease and to compare the utility of the new radiotracer to 99mTc-MDP. Methods: Ninety-three patients with documented breast carcinoma were studied. Thirty-eight patients were studied in the supine position with anterior and lateral views: eight patients were injected intravenously with 600-740 MBq 99mTc-EPPT and 30 patients with the same activity of 99mTc-MDP. A second group of 55 patients was studied using the same total activity: 20 patients were injected with 99mTc-EPPT and 35 patients with 99mTc-MDP. To improve results, patients were positioned standing up with their arm raised. The breast with a marker over the nipple touched the collimator in the oblique-lateral position. Early planar images (2-5 min postinjection) were acquired with this positioning for the healthy and the tumor breast, collecting 1500 K counts in a 256 x 256 matrix. Imaging of the axillary regions was performed while the patients were positioned supine and a frontal image was obtained at 10-15 min postinjection for 1800 K counts. Results: This diagnostic study produced good quality images, with the breast lesions and axilla visualized. The positions had limitations due to the overlapping of other organs and to the proximity with the chest wall. Conclusion: Using this protocol, all primary lesions and 50% of the axillary lymph nodes with 99mTc-MDP, and 35% with 99mTc-EPPT, were detected as documented by histology. Our protocol may represent an improvement in the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1997|
- Breast cancer
- Technetium-99m synthetic peptide
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging