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J Ultrasound. 2011 Dec;14(4):177-81. doi: 10.1016/j.jus.2011.10.003. Epub 2011 Oct 21.

Ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted breast biopsy: Use at the European Institute of Oncology in 2010.

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Department of Breast Radiology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy.


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Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (VABB), which plays a fundamental role in the preoperative assessment of microcalcifications, can also be used (with ultrasound guidance) to obtain histology samples of breast lesions that are visible on ultrasonography. It is particularly useful when the lesion diameter is less than 1 cm. This technique has been used in our institute since 1998, and in this report we analyze our experience with it in 2010. This analysis shows that VABB is a safe, effective procedure that can markedly reduce the need for surgical biopsy.


Breast; Histology biopsy; Mammotome; Surgical biopsy; Ultrasonography

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