A Low Cost Training Phantom Model for Radio-Guided Localization Techniques in Occult Breast Lesions

Aydogan F., Mallory M. A., Tukenmez M., Sagara Y., Ozturk E., Ince Y., ...More

JOURNAL OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY, vol.112, no.4, pp.449-451, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 112 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jso.23984
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.449-451
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Radio-guided localization (RGL) for identifying occult breast lesions has been widely accepted as an alternative technique to other localization methods, including those using wire guidance. An appropriate phantom model would be an invaluable tool for practitioners interested in learning the technique of RGL prior to clinical application. The aim of this study was to devise an inexpensive and reproducible training phantom model for RGL. We developed a simple RGL phantom model imitating an occult breast lesion from inexpensive supplies including a pimento olive, a green pea and a turkey breast. The phantom was constructed for a total cost of less than $20 and prepared in approximately 10 min. After the first model's construction, we constructed approximately 25 additional models and demonstrated that the model design was easily reproducible. The RGL phantom is a time-and cost-effective model that accurately simulates the RGL technique for non-palpable breast lesions. Future studies are warranted to further validate this model as an effective teaching tool. (c) 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.