Cost analysis of A Biopsy diagnosis vs. surgical diagnosis
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Author:  Xuanqian Xie This example is based on one of my discontinued projects. A new biopsy diagnosis (XXXX) aims

Author:  Xuanqian Xie

This example is based on one of my discontinued projects. A new biopsy diagnosis (XXXX) aims to replace the conventional surgical diagnosis for the suspected lung cancer patients. The biopsy test takes several samples (sample: a small amount of fluid or cells from the lung) in different places of one patient. The biopsy test would not produce any the false positive results (the positive results in any biopsy sample is the positive for the cancer), but there are some false negative results. The regular meta-analysis model was used to obtain the pooled sensitivity and specificity. And the prevalence rate and cost was estimated from the local data. We only consider the cost for diagnosis of lung cancer patients, and did not go further for costs of lung cancer treatment.