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How is a very small breast tumor detected?

The traditional way of finding a tumor during surgery is a wire localization. If the tumor is small or noninvasive, the radiologist localizes the biopsy marker with a wire, which stays in the breast and acts as a roadmap for surgery to find and remove the tumor. Newer technology includes radiolabeled seed activation and infrared technology to place markers next to the biopsy marker.

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