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Lifesaving tech transfer

Infections cause an increase in aselaic acid, which primes the plant's immune system.

The mammogram of a patient's

right breast shows dense tissue

that was considered normal but

was being monitored in yearly

mammograms. The BSGI image

taken with the Dilon 6800 Gamma

Camera reveals the cancer missed

by the mammogram.

Breast cancer strikes more women in the U.S. than any other cancer. The first line of defense is to spot it early with mammography, but mammograms can be inconclusive. Technology developed by the Radiation Detector & Imaging Group at DOE's Jefferson Lab and licensed to a local startup company is now being used worldwide to complement mammograms. Based on gamma-imaging technology, BSGI is a non-invasive breast imaging procedure that captures the cellular function of breast tissue. Used with mammography, breast-specific gamma imaging helps to resolve difficult-to-interpret cases. The group's work was recently recognized with an award for “excellence in technology transfer” by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.

[Kandice Carter, 757.269.7263,]