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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Centellografía de la mama

Scintimammography (SIN-tih-ma-MAH-gruh-fee)
A type of breast imaging test that is used to detect cancer cells in the breasts of some women who have had abnormal mammograms, or who have dense breast tissue. It is not used for screening or in place of a mammogram. In this test, a woman receives an injection of a small amount of a radioactive substance called technetium 99, which is taken up by cancer cells, and a gamma camera is used to take pictures of the breasts. Also called Miraluma test and sestamibi breast imaging.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.