Vac­uum-as­sisted biopsy for clearer, less in­va­sive test for breast can­cer

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Health Min­is­ter yes­ter­day launched new equip­ment to help doc­tors and ra­dio­g­ra­phers iden­tify breast can­cer through a clearer less in­va­sive pro­ce­dure.

The vac­uum-as­sisted biopsy has been used since the begin­ning of this year. Be­fore the in­vest­ment into this ma­chine, pa­tients had to be sent abroad for fur­ther test­ing. That is why the gov­ern­ment and Mater Dei man­age­ment de­cided to in­vest into this biopsy ma­chine to help clar­ify ex­am­i­na­tion.

Ra­di­ol­o­gist Jessica Mus­cat ex­plained that the equip­ment will help pro­vide more ac­cu­rate re­sults as a nor­mal biopsy can, in some oc­ca­sions, fail to pro­vide a full re­sult. She said that the pro­ce­dure works through suc­tion and it nor­mally takes less than 30 min­utes.

The ma­chine costs €80,000, par­tially funded by the Euro­pean Union.

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