Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is an important tool in the fight against breast
cancer. This minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure helps doctors
determine whether breast abnormalities, often called lesions or microcalcifications,
are cancerous or non-cancerous. Fortunately, about 85 percent of breast
abnormalities are non-cancerous and do not present health risks.
Doctors generally recommend this procedure when a breast abnormality is
found in a breast screening such as
tomosynthesis. Breast size, the location of the lesion and other medical conditions
determine whether a woman is a candidate to have this type of procedure.
MRI-guided needle breast biopsy, also offered at Foothills Hospital, may also be an option.
What to expect during a stereotactic breast biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is an outpatient procedure and is only performed
at our Foothills location. Patients can generally resume normal activities
within 4-7 days post procedure and should follow the post-care instructions
to ensure proper time for healing.
The patient lies face down on a bed-like table with an opening where the
breast is placed and compressed for mammography. The stereotactic table
is elevated and the radiologist and technologist work from below. The
radiologist identifies and targets the area of interest, numbs the area
with local anesthetic, and takes several tissue samples to be sent to
pathology for testing. Testing results are usually available within 24-72
hours. Your physician will receive the pathology report -- please contact
your doctor directly for your results.
Benefits and risks
The benefits of removing and inspecting potentially cancerous calcifications
and/or lesions early far outweigh risks with this minimally invasive procedure.
The area may be sore with a small potential for bruising or swelling.
Paying for services
You will be given an estimate of cost at the time of check in. BCH accepts
most major insurance plans. For specific coverage, please contact your
insurance company prior to your scheduled procedure. Explore
Self-Pay pricing options if you are uninsured or wish to pay directly for any service. You have
the option to pay all or a portion of the cost during check in.
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