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Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination,
mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous. A breast biopsy is performed to remove small pieces of tissue through a minimally invasive procedure involving a hollow needle-from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. Image-guided needle biopsy is not designed to remove the entire lesion, but most of a very small lesion may be removed in the process of biopsy. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine uses ionizing radiation to help guide the radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.
How does the procedure work?
Mammography is a low-dose X-ray system designed to examine breasts. The special mammography unit used to perform a stereotactic breast biopsy is a digital mammography machine. In digital mammography, as in digital photography, film is replaced by electronic detectors. These convert X-rays into electrical signals, which are used to produce images of the breast that can be immediately seen on a computer screen. Stereotactic mammography pinpoints the exact location of a breast mass by using a computer and X-rays taken from two different angles. Using these computer coordinates, the radiologist inserts the needle through the skin, advances it into the lesion and removes tissue samples.
How do I prepare for my Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy Appointment?
How do I prepare for a Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy?
Paperwork is required, so we can make sure the medications we are going to give you will not interact with your current medications or cause a complication related to your past medical history. Please click here to print and complete form #1 and bring it with you to your appointment.
Avoid strenuous activity/heavy lifting for 24-48 hours after your procedure.
Exam time for Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy: approximately 2 hours.
To schedule a Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy, call Scheduling Services at 719-776-8010. For more information on The Center for Women's Imaging, call 719-776-5118.
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