Comparison of four methods of presentation of breast specimens
- PA Thompson1
© Current Science Ltd 2000
Published: 1 October 2000
The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate and compare four methods of presentation of specimens of breast tissue, which have been surgically removed and sent to the Breast Screening Department for X-ray. These four methods are all used at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the presentation sets out the advantages and disadvantages of each method to the surgeon, the radiographer and the pathologist.
A brief description of the pre-operative localisation procedure is followed by a description of the three methods of marking the specimen, each accompanied by a colour photograph and a radiographic image. The fourth method, which is an unmarked specimen, does not warrant an illustration.
The presentation aims to show that, whichever method is used, the marking and orientation of the specimen should be clear.