NICE has developed a medtech innovation briefing (MIB) on the ATEC breast biopsy system.

The ATEC breast biopsy system is a vacuum-assisted breast biopsy device. It can be used under ultrasound, stereotactic and MRI guidance. The evidence shows that the ATEC system works successfully with all 3 imaging modalities, with a trade-off between faster procedure times and sample quality, and the incidence of complications. The list price of the ATEC Sapphire console is £15,000 excluding VAT. The list price of the disposable components needed for each biopsy procedure varies between £239 and £459, depending on the type of image guidance used.

Medtech innovation briefings provide a description of the medical technology, including its likely place in therapy, the costs of using the technology and a critical review of the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant published evidence.

Their purpose is to provide objective information on device and diagnostic technologies to aid local decision-making by clinicians, managers and procurement professionals. By making this information available, NICE helps to avoid the need for NHS organisations to produce similar information for local use.

Medtech innovation briefings are not NICE guidance. They differ in format, contain no judgement on the value of the technology and do not constitute a guidance recommendation.

MIBs are commissioned by NHS England and produced in support of the NHS 5 Year Forward View, specifically as one of a number of steps which will accelerate innovation in new treatments and diagnostics.