Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
What you need to know
Your doctor may recommend you for a ‘stereotactic’ breast biopsy to collect a small sample of tissue that needs to be analyzed. Rest assured, having a stereotactic breast biopsy is the most accurate, efficient and minimally-invasive biopsy technique available today.
This out-patient procedure, done at the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Medical Imaging Department, allows patients to immediately resume normal activities and requires only a small incision while minimizing discomfort.
What is a Stereotactic Beast Biopsy?
Stereotactic biopsy is a diagnostic tool. It is a non-surgical way to obtain the tissue sample needed to make a conclusive diagnosis. The procedure is state-of-the-art and provides early, accurate results.
Two digital 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 the needle at the correct target area.
Advantages to this breast biopsy procedure
A small probe is inserted into the breast through a tiny incision. The special needle used gently draws, cuts and collects tissue samples.
- Simple, safe and nearly pain free Only local anesthesia is used as this is a nonsurgical technique, requiring no stitches
- Procedure takes less than an hour in a comfortable out-patient setting
- Several samples can be taken without removing and reinserting the needle
- A tiny Tissue Marker can be placed in the breast, at the location of the biopsied tissue, for future follow-up
- Highly accurate diagnosis
Preparing for the procedure
When arriving for your stereotactic breast biopsy, be sure to:
- Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit
- Eat a light breakfast
- Discontinue use of aspirin or blood thinners for at least one week prior to the exam
- Not use any powder, deodorant, lotion or perfume on the day of the procedure
- Arrive 30 minutes before your exam to allow time to register and change your clothes
Early detection is your best defense against breast cancer. It provides your doctor with better treatment options and greatly improves the chances for successful treatment.
For more information or to make an appointment, call the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Medical Imaging Department at 707-262-5030.