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Radiology. 1990 Sep;176(3):741-7.

Stereotactic breast biopsy with a biopsy gun.

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  • 1Radiology Imaging Associates, Englewood, CO 80011.


One hundred three patients underwent stereotactic breast biopsy with an 18-, 16-, or 14-gauge cutting needle and a biopsy gun. After biopsy, a localization wire was placed and surgical biopsy performed. There was agreement of the histologic results in 89 cases (87%) including 14 of 16 cancers (87%) (kappa = 0.806). The gun biopsy yielded the correct diagnosis in four cases involving a lesion (including one cancer) that was missed at the surgical biopsy. Nine cases in which the lesion was missed at gun biopsy can be related to insufficient needle size, the greater difficulty in using one of the two stereotactic devices, and early inexperience with the technique. A 14-gauge needle was used in the last 29 biopsies, the results of which agreed with the surgical pathologic findings in 28 cases (97%). With greater experience, stereotactic-guided large-gauge automated percutaneous biopsy may prove to be an acceptable alternative to surgical biopsy in women with breast masses suspected at mammography.

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