Stereotactic breast biopsy of noncalcified lesions: a cost-minimization analysis comparing 14-gauge multipass automated core biopsy to 14- and 11-gauge vacuum-assisted biopsy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A decision model was used to compare the relative costs of the 14-gauge automated gun technique to the 14-gauge and 11-gauge vacuum-assisted techniques for stereotactic biopsy of noncalcified breast lesions. Probability and cost variables were estimated from clinical experience with 76 automated gun biopsies, seventy-eight 14-gauge vacuum-assisted biopsies and thirty-nine 11-gauge vacuum-assisted biopsies. The 14-gauge automated gun was the preferred strategy from a cost standpoint: the 14-gauge vacuum technique was 1.19 times more expensive, and the 11-gauge was 1.22 times more expensive.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Soo, MS; Kliewer, MA; Ghate, S; Helsper, RS; Rosen, EL

Published Date

  • January 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 26 - 33

PubMed ID

  • 15859015

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-7071

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0899-7071(04)00051-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States