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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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