About this briefing

About this briefing

Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision‑making by clinicians, managers and procurement professionals.

Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by Cedar. The interim process & methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality‑assured and approved for publication.

Project team


Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Dr James Evans, Research Associate, Cedar

  • Dr Alistair Ray, Research Associate, Cedar

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Dr Liz Edwards, Associate Specialist Breast Clinician and President of the Association of Breast Clinicians, Breast Screening Wales

  • Ms Zebby Rees, Consultant Radiographer, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

  • Dr Roger Hunt, Consultant Histopathologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

  • Dr Leena Joseph, Consultant Histopathologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Declarations of interest

No conflicts of interest were declared.


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ISBN: 978‑1‑4731‑1518‑7