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MRI-guided vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (VABB)

Health technology assessment - Posted on Dec 21 2011

MRI-guided VABB is a breast biopsy technique used for percutaneous histologic tissue acquisition of non palpable breast lesions, only detected by MRI and having neither sonographic nor mammographic correlates. This minimally invasive needle biopsy technique reduces the need for open surgical breast biopsy in patients with benign lesions and allows for optimal preoperative work-up and surgical planning through definitive diagnosis in patients with breast cancer. Our objective was to evaluate technical success rate, safety and diagnostic effectiveness of MRI-guided VABB and determine its clinical indications for use. Specific practice and facility requirements for reimbursement in France were equally assessed

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