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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic breast biopsy is a safe and minimally invasive form of breast biopsy used to obtain tiny samples of tissue to confirm whether suspicious breast tissue is normal or abnormal.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

When a breast abnormality appears on a mammogram, the precision of stereotactic breast biopsy may be required to sample tissue or fluid to aid in an accurate diagnosis.

When a suspicious breast abnormality is detected by mammography, a Stereotactic Biopsy may be performed. These abnormalities may consist of:
  • A suspicious solid mass
  • Microcalcifications- a tiny cluster of small calcium deposits
  • A distortion in the structure of the breast tissue
  • An area of abnormal tissue change
  • A new mass or area of calcium deposits present at a previous surgery site

What is Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic breast biopsy is a safe and minimally invasive form of breast biopsy. It is used to obtain tiny samples from an abnormal breast mass for examination by a pathologist. This biopsy is performed using a computer and x-ray technology to position a hollow biopsy needle. Biopsies are the only definitive way to confirm whether suspicious breast tissue is normal or abnormal.

Preparing for Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

  • Prior to the biopsy the patient will discuss with their referring physician & radiologist if they are pregnant, what medications they are taking, any allergies they may have.
  • No blood thinning medications for 1 week before the procedure.
  • No Aspirin, Advil or Motrin. Tylenol is ok.
  • Patients will be asked to remove jewelry and all metal objects before the procedure and may be asked to slip on a patient gown. We recommend you wear a comfortable 2-piece outfit.
  • Do not wear deodorant, powder, lotion or perfume under your arms or on your breasts the day of your biopsy.
  • You may eat a light meal prior to the biopsy procedure.

During and After Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

During a stereotactic breast biopsy, the patient will lie face down on a padded exam table and the breast will be positioned into opening in the table. The breast will be compressed during the length of the biopsy procedure.

First, a local anesthetic will be injected into the breast to numb it and then a small nick will be made in the skin at the location where the biopsy needle will be inserted. Using x-ray as image guidance, the needle will be inserted and a very small sampling of tissue will be collected. A small marker may be placed a the site of the biopsy so that it can be located in the future, if necessary, and a final set of images will be taken

After the procedure, the tissue sample will be sent to a pathologist for review and a report of findings will be sent to the patient’s physician.