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Stereotactic / MRI Breast Biopsy
This is the newest, most advanced method for breast biopsy available anywhere in the country. The advantages for you over surgical biopsy are:
- Reduced pain, scarring & deformity
- Quicker return to normal activities
- 1/3 of the cost of surgical breast biopsy
When a breast abnormality is present and seen clearly with mammography, a stereotactic guided breast biopsy may be performed by the radiologist. A biopsy device is guided into the abnormal area with the help of computerized mammography.) MRI biopsies may be done when the breast abnormality (or lesion) can only be seen by MRI.
The breast is gently compressed, and images are taken to localize the exact location of the breast abnormality.
You will be positioned comfortably on your stomach on the exam table with your breast placed through an opening in the table. You must be comfortable so you can remain very still during the procedure. If you think you will have difficulty with this position please call your doctor before your biopsy. After a series of “stereotactic xrays”/MRI images, your skin will be cleansed and numbed with an anesthetic. The Radiologist will obtain up to 12 cores through one needle placement. You may experience a “tugging or pressure” feeling. This device is used to obtain tissue for the biopsy. The Mammotome is a hollow needle used to obtain several tissue samples (cores) through a puncture site in the skin. After the procedure, a steristrip will be placed over the puncture site, and your breast will be ace wrapped. You will be given home care instructions.
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