Which radiotracers are used in scintimammography for the diagnosis of breast cancer?

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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The following 3 radiotracers are commonly used for breast imaging or scintimammography in either clinical practice or research:

  • Technetium-99m (99m Tc)-sestamibi (for myocardial perfusion imaging); this was the first radiopharmaceutical agent to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in scintimammography [107]

  • 99m Tc-tetrofosmin (also for myocardial perfusion imaging)

  • 99m Tc-methylene diphosphonate (MDP; for bone scintigraphy)


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