Tomo guided biopsy in prone position
Dr. G. Saguatti. Radiologist, Director of the Breast Care Unit at Bellaria Hospital - Bologna Italy
past fifteen years: stereotactic vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (VABB) and digital breast tomography (DBT).
However, until today this combination regarded solely biopsies performed with the patient sitting up (upright method), where the possibility of defining the biopsy target via tomosynthesis represents a significant help for the radiologist on some occasions, but with the inevitable persistence of patient discomfort (and consequent obstacles in diagnosis) tied precisely to the seated position.
Even in the hands of an expert operator, these difficulties can sometimes considerably complicate the sample taking procedure, if not preclude it altogether. Studying the target with tomosynthesis thus makes it possible to draw an overall picture, which becomes essential in the cases mentioned.
As always, it will be necessary to evaluate the clinical impact of the new method: indications, applications and limits. But today it is absolutely clear that the technological innovation embodied by Giotto CLASS corresponds to a significant step forward in the realm of diagnostics.