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Table 2 Frequency of intraoperative frozen section examination (IFSE) use between 1999 and 2008

From: Application of intraoperative frozen section examination in the management of female breast cancer in China: a nationwide, multicenter 10-year epidemiological study

Year Group A (%) Group B (%) Total
1999 209 (99.52) 1 (0.48) 210
2000 165 (97.63) 4 (2.37) 169
2001 198 (99.50) 1 (0.50) 199
2002 176 (98.88) 2 (1.12) 178
2003 228 (95.80) 10 (4.20) 238
2004 227 (94.19) 14 (5.81) 241
2005 184 (91.09) 18 (8.91) 202
2006 240 (92.66) 19 (7.34) 259
2007 307 (91.92) 27 (8.08) 334
2008 226 (89.33) 27 (10.67) 253
Total 2,160 (94.61) 123 (5.39) 2,283
  1. Group A: IFSE had been used for diagnosing the type of breast tumor.
  2. Group B: IFSE had been used to assess metastasis to a SLN and/or to identify the resection margin during BS but not to identify the type of primary tumor.