MRI-Guided Vacuum-Assisted Breast Biopsy Performed at 3 T With a 9-Gauge Needle: Preliminary Experience

Departments of Radiology and Breast Imaging, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 1350, Houston, TX 77030.
American Journal of Roentgenology (Impact Factor: 2.73). 11/2012; 199(5):W651-3. DOI: 10.2214/AJR.11.8055
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The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of 3-T vacuum-assisted large-bore core biopsy of lesions detected with MRI of the breast.

Our preliminary experience revealed that 3-T MRI-guided vacuum-assisted biopsy is a safe and effective interventional method that enables accurate biopsy of lesions identified with a 3-T MRI system. Artifacts on 3-T images did not result in failed biopsy; therefore, 3-T MRI systems can be used reliably for both diagnostic and interventional breast studies.

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