An evaluation of bone scans as screening procedures for occult metastases in primary breast cancer.

@article{Baker1977AnEO,
  title={An evaluation of bone scans as screening procedures for occult metastases in primary breast cancer.},
  author={Renee Baker and E R Holmes and Philip O. Alderson and N F Khouri and Henry N. Wagner},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1977},
  volume={186 3},
  pages={363-8}
}
Preoperative bone scans were obtained in 104 patients with operable breast cancer. Areas of increased radioactivity detected by the bone scan were correlated with appropriate radiographs. One of 64 patients (1.5%) with clinical Stage I and Stage II breast cancer had a metastatic lesion detected by the preoperative bone scan. In contrast, 10 of 41 patients (24%) with Stage III breast cancer had occult metastatic lesions detected by the preoperative bone scan. The majority of patients with… CONTINUE READING