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Why point of pain markers are important

Case Summary

A 53-year-old patient presented for screening mammography with a history of focal breast pain in the upper outer quadrant of the left breast. The square marker was placed over the area of concern (TomoSPOT®, REF 785). DBT image shows several calcifications in the area of reported pain as indicated by the marker.

DBT x-ray shows several calcifications in area of reported pain

Case Results

Diagnostic breast ultrasound was performed which showed a suspicious mass and calcifications. The patient underwent ultrasound-guided core biopsy which demonstrated ductal carcinoma in situ. The marker allowed the radiologist to readily locate the area of interest and drove the decision to perform an ultrasound-guided biopsy.

Ultrasound-guided core biopsy demonstrated ductal carcinoma in situ

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