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Table 1 Current options for breast tissue sampling: combinations of needle types and imaging guidance

From: Image-guided breast biopsy and localisation: recommendations for information to women and referring physicians by the European Society of Breast Imaging

Image guidance/sampling typeFine needleCore needleVacuum-assisted
UltrasoundConditionally indicatedaIndicatedIndicated
Mammography/tomosynthesisNot indicatedNot indicatedIndicated
MRINot indicatedNot indicatedIndicated
  1. aFine-needle sampling has specific limitations; it is reliably used by centres having specific local experience (see text)