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For breast biopsies, MammoPort standardizes tissue transfer from radiology to pathology to ensure quality and reduce errors

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | October 02, 2018 Medical Devices
RICHMOND, Ill., Oct. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Leica Biosystems, the leader in cancer diagnostics from biopsy to diagnosis, today announced the U.S. launch of MammoPort, the first integrated specimen containment and transport system for breast tissue biopsies, which average 1.6 million a year in the United States alone.

"Mammoport is the only tissue containment system which unites Pathology and Radiology colleagues in their common desire for maintaining tissue integrity throughout the entire radiological tissue acquisition to the pathologic diagnostic process," says Dr. Darius R. Gilvydis, MD, an internationally renowned Breast Imaging Specialist.

Integrated Solution for Safety and Efficiency. With medical errors representing a leading cause of death, experts recommend developing consensus protocols that streamline the delivery of medicine and reduce variability to improve quality and lower costs in health care. By integrating MammoPort with Mammotome revolve breast biopsy device, for the first time the tissue containment and transport system is standardized, minimizing the potential for error and tissue damage.

"By standardizing the process of transferring breast biopsy tissue from the radiology suite to the pathology lab, MammoPort maintains the quality of core specimens," said Peter Reimer, Vice President of Core Histology at Leica Biosystems. "This integrated containment and transport system—the first of its kind—sets a new standard of quality for transferring tissue to ensure an efficient and confident diagnosis by the pathologist."

Eliminate Manual Handling of Tissue. Current breast biopsy methods require over 300 different processing steps and 14 interdepartmental handoffs, resulting in an increased chance for tissue damage, according to Heather Renko-Breed, Global Product Manager at Leica Biosystems. MammoPort eliminates the need for manual tissue handling by radiology technologists, protecting the quality of the biopsied tissue and enhancing ease-of-use.

"Mammoport is the first system to completely eliminate unnecessary tissue manipulation and calcification separation, therefore maintaining critically important tissue orientation, size, and integrity," indicates Dr. Gilvydis. "This is performed without crush damage to the tissue from tweezers as with other systems. This maintenance of tissue integrity allows improved diagnostic accuracy, which can lead to improved patient treatment and outcomes."

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