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.


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.

Coding recommendations

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.

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