Method and Apparatus for Ultrasonic and Emission Mammography of the Breast

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Michael K. O'Connor Ph.D.
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Bruce R. Kline
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A method and system for producing 3-dimensional ultrasound images of a patient’s breast and also producing planar emission images from a radiopharmaceutical is described. The system allows perfect co-registration of both the ultrasound image and the emission image, thereby allowing comparison of anatomical and functional features of the breast tissue. The system comprises 3 primary components - a set of compression paddles to immobilize the breast tissue, a whole-breast ultrasound scanner to provide anatomical information of the breast, and a gamma ray detector to detect the gamma rays emitted by a radiotracer infiltrated into the breast tissue.