Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)-guided biopsy of calcifications: pearls and pitfalls

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      • Radiologists need to be proficient in DBT-guided procedures.
      • DBT-guided biopsies of calcifications are efficient and easy to perform.
      • Learning some pearls and pitfalls can assist one with difficult cases of DBT-guided biopsies of calcifications.


      As digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is quickly becoming the standard of care in clinical practice, DBT-guided procedures are being more frequently utilized. DBT-guided biopsies of calcifications are efficient and easy to perform. As radiologists seek proficiency in these biopsies, there are some unique features of DBT-guided biopsies that they must consider. In this review, we provide a step-by-step guide on performing DBT-guided biopsies of calcifications, with a focus on pearls and pitfalls for problem solving in difficult biopsy cases.


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