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Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities

Systematic Review ARCHIVED Feb 9, 2006
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Since the advent of mammography and clinical breast examination, many asymptomatic women have had an abnormal finding. Typically, suspicious lesions are evaluated with tissue biopsy, either by excision or by needle sampling. However, only a low percentage of women undergoing biopsy actually have cancer, suggesting that many of them could avoid biopsy if a non-invasive diagnostic test were available that could, with high sensitivity, rule out malignancy. Several technologies have been proposed for this purpose, yet the outcomes of using these non-invasive diagnostic technologies remains unclear. The ultimate purpose of this evaluation is to help patients, policymakers, and clinicians determine when it is appropriate to use these non-invasive technologies.

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Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities

Jan 1, 2005
Topic Initiated
Feb 9, 2006
Systematic Review Archived
Page last reviewed December 2019
Page originally created November 2017

Internet Citation: Systematic Review: Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities. Content last reviewed December 2019. Effective Health Care Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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