Preoperative localization of breast lesions: Current techniques.


Department of Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe, CPB 5.3208, Houston, TX, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Image-guided preoperative localization of breast lesions is a common procedure. This article describes several commercially available localization options-wire localization, radioactive seed localization, localization with a radiofrequency reflector, and magnetic seed localization-and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each. This information may help radiologists initiate conversations at their facilities with surgeons, pathologists, and hospital administration as they seek to add value and provide patient-centered care.


Breast,Magnetic seed localization,Radioactive seed localization,Radiofrequency reflector,Wire localization,