Breast screening: biopsy needle guided by X-ray

Breast screening: biopsy needle guided by X-ray

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Caption: Breast biopsy with mammovision. A doctor adjusts a biopsy needle aimed at a woman's breast during screening by Fischer Mammovision/ Mammotest. This technique biopsies breast lesions which have already been detected by mammography or clinical symptoms. The patient's breast protrudes through an aperture in the table (upper right). A digital X-ray camera (upper left) provides "real-time" images of the breast lesion. Stereotactic needle biopsy equipment guided by computer and X-ray coordinates then fires the biopsy needle into the lesion to obtain a tissue sample for testing. A local anaesthetic is given. Photographed at King's College Hospital, London.

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Keywords: biopsy, breast, breast biopsy, breast cancer, breast screening, diagnostic, diagnostics, equipment, healthcare, mammography, mammotest, mammovision, medical, medicine, prone biopsy, prone table, radiography, screen/biopsy, technique, x-ray, xray

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