Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy uses advanced mammography to pinpoint smaller tumors within the breast.

A Minimally Invasive Procedure Performed in a Comfortable Outpatient Setting

Breast biopsies are simple, quick procedures that can help determine whether or not you need surgery or other treatment.

A breast biopsy is performed using one of three primary imaging systems: ultrasound, stereotactic x-ray, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The images will pinpoint the exact location of the abnormality for the most precise tissue sampling. A stereotactic biopsy uses mammography to pinpoint smaller tumors and permits a small amount of tissue to be removed by a needle for diagnosis.

How Do You Prepare for Your Biopsy?

No special preparation is required for your biopsy. You may want to wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may eat or drink as you normally do before your appointment.

What Happens During the Biopsy Procedure?

After you are properly positioned for your biopsy, your skin will be cleansed and numbed with a local anesthetic. A small needle is inserted into the breast abnormality to remove tissue samples. You may feel some pressure, but most women report no pain.

You will be given a post-biopsy consultation appointment to discuss your results with a radiologist. Any necessary further care will be arranged by a Certified Breast Care Coordinator.

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