The purpose of this study is to evaluate the utilization of intraoperative ultrasound (IOUS) for tumor localization in breast-conserving surgery and to examine its impact on margin positivity and re-excision rates. Additionally, the study seeks to identify factors contributing to surgeon utilization of IOUS.
A retrospective chart review was conducted of patients with preoperative diagnosis of breast cancer undergoing breast-conserving surgery by breast surgeons at multiple centers within a single healthcare system. Characteristics such as lesion size, palpability, histology, receptor status, and use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy were recorded. Re-excision rates were determined based on localization technique and surgeons' status of breast ultrasound certification.
Increasing familiarity with and utilization of IOUS during breast-conserving surgery may be clinically advantageous over traditional localization techniques. Ultrasound certification may lead to increased use of IOUS among surgeons.
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