November 28, 1996 in Nation/World

Alternative To Biopsies Is Less Invasive

Compiled From Wire Services

A new, computer-targeted device that removes suspicious tissue from inside the breast “has great potential as an alternative option to the traditional biopsies” used in diagnosing possible breast cancer, says a surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the first center in New England to use it.

The system, called Advanced Breast Biopsy Instrumentation, is designed to be minimally invasive yet more accurate than traditional biopsies in removing tissue that can be seen on a breast X-ray but isn’t detectable by touch.

“Because of its accuracy, it may be the only device that can remove the area seen on a mammogram with minimal impact on healthy surrounding tissue,” said Dr. Mary Jane Houlihan, a surgeon at BID.

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