Abstract

Stereotactically placed guidewires are used for indicating the location of a nonpalpable carcinoma in breast-conserving surgery. Pathologists use the end of the embedded guidewire to guide sectioning during intraoperative margin assessment, but they do not currently have a tool to indicate the location of the guidewire end for informed sectioning. We present analysis and experimental testing of two optical methods for localizing the end of an embedded fiber-optic guidewire: the first uses irradiance emitted from the fiber to indicate the location of the guidewire end, while the second system uses the fiber optic to create a photoacoustic pulse for localization. Both systems locate the end of the guidewire within ±5mm, which ensures that the lesion of interest is bisected during sectioning. The accuracy of the irradiance-based beacon is influenced by standard margin paints, so the photoacoustic beacon proved more useful under current tissue-handling protocols.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

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