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September 27, 2000

Endoscopic Visualization of Breast Tumors

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(12):1518. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1512

To the Editor: A number of ductal cytologic sampling techniques have been proposed as possible screening techniques for breast cancer.1 We attempted to assess the feasibility of direct intraoperative breast endoscopy in women undergoing partial mastectomy for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes using new endoscopes measuring 1.2 and 0.9 mm in external diameter (DOFI Technologies, Los Angeles, Calif). Until recently, direct visualization techniques have been subject to the technical limitations of endoscopic technology and the excessive cost of the smallest instruments (<5 mm in diameter).2,3

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