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Core-Needle and Surgical Breast Biopsy: Comparison of three methods of assessing cost

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    • Image-guided breast biopsy takes about 1/5 the of a surgical biopsy, reduces complications and allows women to commence daily activities in 1/2 the time that it takes after open surgery.…  
    • If the 1 million surgical breast biopsies performed annually were instead performed using image-guided needle core biopsy, the total savings could be $1.6 billion a year.  
    • Surgical biopsy for lumps in the breast was found by one study to cost 2 1/2 to 3 times more than image-guided core-needle biopsy ($698 versus $243).