Stereotactic breast biopsy of clustered microcalcifications with a directional, vacuum-assisted device

Jack E. Meyer, Darrell N. Smith, Pamela J. DiPiro, Christine M. Denison, Thomas H. Frenna, Susan C. Harvey, William D. Ko

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Abstract

The success rate with the traditional 14-gauge, core-biopsy, multiple- pass technique was compared with that of a directional vacuum-assisted device in sampling calcification clusters in the breast. Of the 130 focal calcification clusters sampled with the multiple-pass technique, 12 clusters (9.2%) had no particles depicted on radiographs of the specimen. Specimens from all 106 (100%) clusters sampled with the directional, vacuum-assisted instrument contained calcifications at radiography. The directional, vacuum- assisted device improved the ability to percutaneously sample breast calcifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-576
Number of pages2
JournalRadiology
Volume204
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1997

Keywords

  • Biopsies, technology
  • Breast neoplasms, diagnosis
  • Breast, biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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