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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

patient getting a scanStereotactic 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 mammography or 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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COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Boulder Community Health offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. People age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated as of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 2. You can self-schedule appointments using the free MyBCH patient portal. Learn more about our vaccination process on our general vaccine information page.

For updates related to COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 page.