Directional, vacuum-assisted breast biopsy

Medical Services Advisory Committee
Record ID 31999009755
Authors' objectives:

This report summarises the assessment of current evidence for the use of directional, vacuum-assisted (DV) breast biopsy with stereotactic or ultrasound guidance.

Authors' recommendations: MSAC notes that directional vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is currently claimable under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). MSAC recommended on the strength of evidence pertaining to directional vacuum-assisted breast biopsy that: the costs associated with the procedure should be investigated; and pending review of the costs, the procedure should receive interim funding at a higher remuneration than is currently available under existing items for non-palpable breast lesions.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Breast Neoplasms
Organisation Name: Medical Services Advisory Committee
Contact Address: MSAC (MDP 107), GPO Box 9848, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia. Tel: +61 2 6289 6811; Fax: +61 2 6289 8799.
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