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12 May 2023

RANZCR Welcomes Medicare Funding for Game-changing Breast Marker Clips

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) is excited to confirm that the federal health budget introduces a new MBS item for breast marker clip insertion for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, alleviating the financial burden of breast cancer patients and improving cancer treatment outcomes.

Made from tiny titanium or stainless-steel markers in a size of smaller than a sesame seed, breast marker clips are generally placed during a breast biopsy procedure to clearly identify the location of a potentially cancerous lesion. They are an essential part of optimal breast cancer diagnosis and treatment but were underutilised due to the lack of Medicare funding.

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