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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 W e use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to mark non-palpable breast tumors. Because the cap- sule does not migrate, you can inject it up to 30 days before surgery. The technique is simple: a radiologist injects the RFID capsule into the tumor within the breast tissue under fluo- roscopy — it's similar to how they microchip your pets. The patient goes home soon afterwards. Patients much prefer the RFID tag to wire needle localization, in which a wire protrudes out of the breast. Kristine Alessandrini, BSN, RN, CNOR UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center Los Angeles, Calif. kaless@mednet.ucla.edu Mark Breast Tumors With RFID Tags • ADVANCE PREPARATION You can inject RFID tags into breast tumors up to 30 days before surgery.

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