Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Biopsies are the only definitive way to confirm that a breast abnormality is benign (non-cancerous) or not. Stereotactic breast biopsy is an alternative to incisional or surgical biopsy and is a safe and minimally invasive form of breast biopsy, which can more accurately pinpoint the mass. It is used to obtain tiny samples from an abnormal breast mass for examination by a pathologist.
Two X-ray images of breast tissue are taken at different angles. A computer uses the images to locate the abnormality and calculate precise coordinates. Then the computer guides the physician in placing a thin hollow needle at the target.
A sample of suspect breast tissue is precisely located with a computer-guided imaging system and removed with a needle. The procedure is completed on an outpatient basis with a minimum of discomfort and recovery time.