Medanta – The Medicity, a multi-specialty medical institute, has introduced the Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy Technology for the treatment of breast cancer.
According to the hospital, with this technology, the biopsy for small lesions as small as 1-2mm can now be performed under MRI guidance. MRI helps guide the doctor to the site of abnormality and the procedure requires only local anaesthesia, reducing the whole procedure to a “comfortable” 45 minutes.
The procedure involves a single needle insertion with vacuum pressure under the guidance of the MRI. Without withdrawing and reinserting the needle, multiple samples can be collected, which are larger in size than a conventional needle biopsy procedure. Larger samples increase the accuracy of the diagnosis, said a statement by the hospital.
In India, the average age of developing breast cancer has undergone a significant shift over the last few decades with an increasing number of young and middle-aged women suffering from the disease. Today, almost 48% of the breast cancer patients are below 50 years of age with an increasing number of patients in the 25 to 40 years of age bracket, which is a very disturbing trend.
Cultural taboos in India worsen the problem, with women generally delaying the process of diagnosis itself. However, with increasing awareness, more women are going for regular breast screening and mammography, and especially if they fall in the high-risk category, for an MRI for early and accurate detection of the disease.
Breast MRI is a very sensitive technique, which can pick up abnormalities as small as 1-2mm. However in India, till very recently, there were not many means of sampling these small MRI suspected lesions to determine their nature (cancerous or non-cancerous).
Dr Jyoti Arora, senior consultant radiologist at Medanta – the Medicity, said, “The Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy technology increases the efficiency, accuracy and eases of targeting such small breast lesions and therefore is practiced as a gold standard across the globe.”
She further said, “This technology is currently the one stop solution for all breast biopsy requirements and is highly recommended for difficult lesions when we can’t target them under other modalities like ultrasound and mammography.”
According to Dr Arora, this technology is now being used to remove small benign (no- cancerous) breast lumps after careful patient selection. “This whole scar free procedure can be done under local anaesthetic as an OPD procedure. The major advantages are: It is fast, with minimal access, scar free, with quick healing time and no risk of general anaesthesia,” she added.