Does marker clip sonographic visibility influence localisation preferences in patients following biopsy for suspicious microcalcification?

Microcalcifcation in breast tissue is a common finding during routine breast screening. On average approximately 2 out of 3 patients who are recalled for biopsy for an area of suspicious calcium have benign pathological findings, however 1 out of 3 patients will receive results which may require further intervention such as additional biopsy, vacuum assisted excision, or surgery*. The latter often requires the patient to undergo a localisation procedure prior to surgery to guide the surgeon to the non-palpable area. 

New localisation technologies have afforded clinical teams more freedom to schedule patients for localisation and relieve pressure on busy assessment clinics. Microcalcifications are typically sonographically occult and on occasion may have been completely removed by the initial biopsy, making the placement of a breast marker clip important. 

Breast marker clip sonographic visibility varies between suppliers. Poor ultrasound visibility can be exaggerated in deep lesions and dense breast tissue. As a result, many patients are required to undergo a localisation procedure using mammography equipment. There are numerous disadvantages to this approach for both the clinician and the patient, including comfort, additional exposure to radiation, procedure duration and risk of experiencing seed migration due to the “accordion effect”. 

HydroMARK breast marker clips offers unmatched U/S visibility* and are one of the most widely used marker clips in the UK.

HydroMARK Research Survey

We conducted a HydroMARK research survey, where 50 HydroMARK end users provided feedback to determine whether HydroMARKs ultrasound visibility influences their localisation technique post biopsy of suspicious microcalifcation.

We asked clinicians who use HydroMARK to give their insight in to numerous clinical scenarios, including situations around complete calcium removal following biopsy / excision, clip positioning, typical procedure time etc.

If you would like to know more, see the results of the survey or discuss this topic further, please get in touch with us.

Does ultrasound visibility influence localisation preference?

We will be hosting a Charity Car Wash on Tuesday 14th June in aid of Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity. The event will be held at our office car park on Lydgate Lane (S10 5FH), where our staff will be washing cars, but also selling hot drinks, snacks and cakes, as well as a tombola with amazing prizes from many local businesses – all in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Charity Car Wash

The charity car wash will be set up around the perimeter of the It’s Interventional car park on Lydgate Lane, with stations for wheel washing, pre-wash, jet washing, shampoo and drying, so your car is sure to be sparkling at the end of its car spa treatment!

The Tombola...

The charity tombola will have some fantastic prizes from some wonderfully generous local businesses, including:

We'll be updating this as we get more prizes, so please check back soon!

We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful local businesses who have donated prizes for our tombola!

Our team will be baking some homemade delights, including cakes, brownies and muffins, and there will also be tea & coffee and some savoury snacks to purchase too. 

A bit about The Children's Hospital Charity…

Children come from all over the country for treatment at Sheffield Children’s and The Children’s Hospital Charity work hard to make it better. The money raised through donations buys life-saving equipment, funds vital research and treatment for thousands of children from across the world and helps to create a comfortable, engaging environment for the patients.

Sheffield Children’s is now just one of three specialist children’s hospitals in the UK, alongside Great Ormond Street and Alder Hey in Liverpool. All of the money raised will help to change children’s lives from across the country and worldwide.

A word from our MD

“We have held charity car washes a few times now and they are always a fantastic way to raise money for charity. This year we have chosen to support The Children’s Hospital Charity, they are local to us here in Sheffield and we like to support the excellent work they do whenever we can.

This year we’re hoping to break our fundraising record, so please come along and get your car washed and enjoy some treats too, it’s all for a good cause!”

Ian Aaron, Managing Director, It’s Interventional

Please note this is a cash only event, so please bring some with you – thank you.