A pilot study evaluating shaved cavity margins with micro-computed tomography: a novel method for predicting lumpectomy margin status intraoperatively.

@article{Tang2013APS,
  title={A pilot study evaluating shaved cavity margins with micro-computed tomography: a novel method for predicting lumpectomy margin status intraoperatively.},
  author={Rong Tang and Suzanne B Coopey and Julliette M. Buckley and Owen P Aftreth and Leopoldo Jose Fernandez and Elena F. Brachtel and James S. Michaelson and Michele A. Gadd and Michelle Connolly Specht and Frederick C. Koerner and Barbara L Smith},
  journal={The breast journal},
  year={2013},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={485-9}
}
Microscopically clear lumpectomy margins are essential in breast conservation, as involved margins increase local recurrence. Currently, 18-50% of lumpectomies have close or positive margins that require re-excision. We assessed the ability of micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) to evaluate lumpectomy shaved cavity margins (SCM) intraoperatively to determine if this technology could rapidly identify margin involvement by tumor and reduce re-excision rates. Twenty-five SCM from six lumpectomies… CONTINUE READING
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