Effects on short-term quality of life of vacuum-assisted breast biopsy: Comparison between digital breast tomosynthesis and digital mammography

Alberto Tagliafico, Licia Gristina, Bianca Bignotti, Francesca Valdora, Simona Tosto, Massimo Calabrese

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Abstract

Objective: To compare the effects of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)-guided and digital mammography (MMx)-guided vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (VABB) on short-term quality of life (QoL). Methods: From November 2014 through March 2015, females undergoing VABB in an academic medical centre participated in a survey after biopsy. VABB was performed under DBT (Group 1) or MMx guidance (Group 2). Biopsy experience was assessed with a modified testing morbidities index (TMI). 10 attributes were assessed: six related to the procedures (pain or discomfort before and during testing, fear or anxiety before and during testing, physical and mental function after testing) and four not related to the procedures (familiarity for cancer and clinical history, embarrassment during testing and overall satisfaction). Non-parametric standard statistics were used to compare data of Group 1 and data of Group 2. Results: A total of 90 females (mean age, 55.8 years; range, 40-87 years) were enrolled: 45 underwent DBTVABB and 45 MMx-VABB. The sum of the 6 of 10 items related to the procedures was significantly worse for DBT (p

Original languageEnglish
Article number20150593
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Volume88
Issue number1056
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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