Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies

  • Renzo Brun del Re

Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 173)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Luc Steyaert, Filip Van Kerkhove, Jan W. Casselman
    Pages 43-95
  3. R. Schulz-Wendtl
    Pages 97-103
  4. Ossi R. Köchli
    Pages 105-113
  5. Harald Marcel Bonel
    Pages 115-128
  6. Michael Hünerbein, Matthias Raubach, Kirang Dai, Peter M. Schlag
    Pages 129-136
  7. Mathias K. Fehr
    Pages 149-157
  8. Daniel Flöry, Michael W. Fuchsjaeger, Christian F. Weisman, Thomas H. Helbich
    Pages 159-181
  9. Renzo Brun del Re, Regula E. Bürki, Swiss Study group MIBB of the Swiss Society of Senology
    Pages 183-194
  10. Renzo Brun del Re, Regula E. Bürki, Study Group MIBB of the Swiss Society of Senology
    Pages 195-225

About this book


Modern imaging methods have made it possible to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage than in the past. Nevertheless, when screening is performed regularly over a 10-year period, 20% of examined women will present a suspicious finding that subsequently proves to be benign. Accordingly, beyond cancer detection an important goal is the identification of benign lesions in a manner that is reliable, tissue sparing, patient friendly, and cost-effective. More than 70% of breast biopsies can now be performed using minimally invasive procedures that meet these criteria. Against this background, it can be concluded that a mammography screening programme without the possibility of minimally invasive biopsies is neither ethically nor economically justifiable.

This book examines in detail the diverse minimally invasive diagnostic techniques that may be employed when imaging yields suspicious findings. These include vacuum-assisted minimally invasive breast biopsy systems (ATEC, EnCor, Intact, Mammotome and Vacora), stereotactic systems, MRI-guided procedures, and ductoscopy. Further chapters are devoted to the pathology of the breast tissue obtained using these procedures, their limitations, the implications of recent advances in breast imaging, and the results of cost-benefit analyses. The closing chapter provides a systematic review and meta-analysis of recent data.


Ductoscopy Mammotome®. Stereotactic systems Vacora® Biopsy System Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy biopsy cancer imaging imaging techniques pathology screening

Editors and affiliations

  • Renzo Brun del Re
    • 1
  1. 1.Gynäkologie und GeburtshilfeFMHBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-31403-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-31611-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0080-0015
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