Benefits of Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is an important tool in the fight against breast cancer. This non-surgical procedure is used to determine if breast abnormalities, often called lesions, are cancerous or non-cancerous. Fortunately, some 85 percent of breast abnormalities are benign (not caused from cancer) and do not present health risks.
With stereotactic breast biopsy, a tiny amount of tissue is removed from the breast lesion in order to be determine if cancer is present. The advantage of this procedure is that physicians can make a rapid, accurate, and conclusive cancer diagnosis without surgery. For the patient, it causes minimal scarring and involves less trauma, pain, time and money. Breast size, the location of the lesion and other medical conditions determine whether a woman is a candidate to have this type of procedure.
How It Works
Stereotactic breast biopsy is an outpatient procedure. For the most part, the patient can resume normal activities afterwards. The patient lies face down on a bed-like table. The breast tissue is placed through a round opening in the table and is compressed. With the help of a computer to visually locate the area in question, the board-certified radiologist identifies the exact site of the abnormality in question. The patient is given a local anesthetic to numb the area. The radiologist inserts a small needle into the breast to remove sliver-sized samples of tissue for examination. Several biopsies are taken for microscopic examination in the lab and tests results are usually available within 48 hours.
Stereotactic breast biopsy is provided at:
Foothills Hospital, 48th and Arapahoe, Boulder.
If your physician orders a stereotactic breast biopsy, call the BCH's Mammography Department at 720-854-7544 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment.
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