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Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Apr;9(2):177-98.

Private practice interdisciplinary breast centers: their rationale and impact on patients, physicians, and the health care industry: a bicoastal perspective.

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Department of Breast Imaging, MemorialCare Breast Center, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, California 92708, USA.


This article reports on the experience of two private practice breast centers in New York and California. It demonstrates that comprehensive breast centers directed by full-time breast imagers have a significant impact on medical care from the perspective of the patient, her physicians, and the health care system. These two centers, separated by a continent, disparate in their formation and founding philosophies, yield very similar results in breast cancer diagnosis, reduction of the benign biopsies, and improving the cost of breast biopsies.

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