Time trends and geographic variation in use of minimally invasive breast biopsy.

@article{Zimmermann2013TimeTA,
  title={Time trends and geographic variation in use of minimally invasive breast biopsy.},
  author={Christopher J Zimmermann and Kristin M. Sheffield and Casey B. Duncan and Yimei Han and Catherine D. Cooksley and Courtney M. Townsend and Taylor Sohn Riall},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={2013},
  volume={216 4},
  pages={814-24; discussion 824-7}
}
BACKGROUND Current guidelines recommend minimally invasive breast biopsy (MIBB) as the gold standard for the diagnosis of breast lesions. The purpose of this study was to describe geographic patterns and time trends in the use of MIBB in Texas. METHODS We used 100% Texas Medicare claims data (2000-2008) to identify women older than 66 years of age who underwent breast biopsy. Biopsies were classified as open or MIBB. Time trends, racial/ethnic variation, and geographic variation in the use of… CONTINUE READING