Case 22 Answer 4

Yes. A specimen radiograph is obtained before closing to confirm that the target has been removed. In addition, if the specimen radiograph shows a close margin, the surgeon will be able to excise that margin at the time of lumpectomy. This decreases the chances of re-operation for positive margins. Many sites perform 2 orthogonal views of the specimen to more completely assess margins.

In this case, the calcifications have been completely removed, and are well within the radiographic margins.


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