Volume 10 Supplement 3

Symposium Mammographicum 2008

Open Access

HILINA: minimising the breast compression time at stereoguided biopsy

  • GP Naisby1,
  • H Harris1 and
  • K Robson2
Breast Cancer Research200810(Suppl 3):P52

https://doi.org/10.1186/bcr2050

Published: 7 July 2008

With mammography alone it is often difficult to distinguish between benign and malignant microcalcifications in the breast, and image-guided biopsy is widely undertaken for clarification. National Health Service Breast Screening Guidelines recommend that representative microcalcifications must be demonstrated in core specimens on specimen radiography: to achieve high absolute sensitivity for malignancy, at least five flecks of calcium in three cores are required [1].

An innovative device (HILINA), which was designed and developed locally, fits onto the tube housing of the Novation/Nova with Opdima digital stereo biopsy unit (Seimens Corporation, Camberley, UK), and allows direct digital capture of core biopsy images during breast compression. This shortens the breast compression time and allows rapid termination of the biopsy procedure.

Analysis of the visibility of microcalcifications in core biopsy specimens from 20 consecutive patients has demonstrated that this is a satisfactory, cost-effective method of documenting adequate sampling when compared with cabinet computed radiography.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
James Cook University Hospital
(2)
Regional Medical Physics Department, Newcastle General Hospital

References

  1. Wilson R, Liston J: Clinical Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening Assessment, NHS Breast Screening Programme. NHSBSP Publication No 49. 2005, Sheffield: NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, 11-16. [http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/publications/nhsbsp49se.pdf]2Google Scholar

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