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J Radiol. 2011 Mar;92(3):226-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jradio.2011.02.003. Epub 2011 Mar 21.

[Evaluation of stereotactic core biopsies of the breast with the 10-gauge Vacora® biopsy device: a review of 541 procedures].

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  • 1Service d'imagerie diagnostique adulte, CHRU Estaing, 1, place Lucie-Aubrac, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France. tiphdumay@yahoo.fr



To evaluate stereotactic core biopsies of the breast with the 10-gauge Vacora(®) biopsy device.


Retrospective study of 541 procedures in 502 patients performed between 2007 and 2009.


The procedure failed in 2% of cases, non-complicated hematomas occurred in 5% of cases and unsightly scars in two cases. A clip was deployed in 70% of cases, successfully in 99% of cases. The procedure was well tolerated in 88% of cases. Core biopsies confirmed a benign lesion in 55% of cases, borderline lesions in 19% of cases and malignant lesions in 26% of cases with complementary surgery performed in 40% of cases. For surgical lesions, sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV were 89%, 100%, 100% and 84% respectively. Atypical ductal dysplasia was under-estimated in 8% of cases while DCIS was under-estimated in 14% of cases. After review of the mammograms, 3% of Bi-Rads 4 lesions were reclassified as Bi-Rads 3 lesions, all benign at core biopsy. Half of these results were from screening mammography programs.


Results with the 10-gauge Vacora(®) biopsy device are similar to reports from the literature, mainly using the Mammotome system, with regards to tolerability and reliability for a lesser cost.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS and Éditions françaises de radiologie. All rights reserved.

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