Detecting Breast Cancer at its Earliest Stage

The George Washington University Hospital offers some of the most technologically advanced patient care equipment in the country, including a promising new imaging device, the Dilon 6800® Gamma Camera. This camera may potentially revolutionize how doctors detect breast cancer, enabling them to detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages, perhaps saving lives in the process.

In clinical trials, the Dilon 6800 was able to detect what are currently the hardest-to-find cancers—non-palpable cancers and cancers smaller than 1 cm. Compared with current gamma camera technology, Dilon’s scans were able to detect smaller cancers and those in portions of the breast not well imaged with the currently available technology. This technology may allow women with a family history of breast cancer to receive valuable cancer-detecting scans at a much earlier age, increasing their chances for successful treatment.

The improved resolution and the ability to image in positions similar to mammography, as well as the ability to localize and biopsy areas of increased focal uptake made Dilon a sophisticated and powerful addition to GW Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center.

More mobile and versatile than current gamma cameras, the new device has a flexible arm that can be placed right next to the woman’s chest, minimizing the distance between the breast and imaging receptor and helping to provide maximum resolution for suspect breast regions.