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Less Invasive Biopsies Gain Favor
Date:8/17/2010

as where needle biopsies were not the majority of biopsies done were biopsies of lymph nodes and soft tissues. For these areas, open biopsies are easier to do and need less imaging guidance, Kwan's team noted.

Quencer thinks the use of image-guided biopsies will continue to increase over time, even for lymph nodes and soft tissues. "In time, I would expect 80 to 90 percent of biopsies will be image-guided biopsies," he said.

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For more information on biopsies, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Robert Quencer, M.D., professor and chair, radiology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; September 2010, Radiology


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