The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on image-guided radiofrequency excision biopsy of breast lesions.

  • Description

    Breast lumps may need to be sampled to test for cancer. This minimally invasive procedure involves a small incision and insertion of a probe which uses radiofrequency energy to cut through the breast internally, aiming to remove the lump along with a small area of surrounding tissue to test for cancer.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    B28.3 Excision of lesion of breast NEC

    Y06.7 Radiofrequency excision of lesion of organ NOC

    Y53.- Approach to organ under image control

    Note: Codes within category Y53.- are used as secondary codes to classify interventions that are percutaneous and require some form of image control: if the method of image control is unspecified, Y53.9 Unspecified approach to organ under image control is assigned.

    The NHS Classifications Service of NHS Connecting for Health is the central definitive source for clinical coding guidance and determines the coding standards associated with the classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) to be used across the NHS.   The NHS Classifications Service and NICE work collaboratively to ensure the most appropriate classification codes are provided.

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