Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic core needle biopsy reduces the amount of tissue necessary for a breast biopsy and eliminates the need for surgery for many women.

Using mammography guidance to determine the location of a suspicious breast area, the radiologist uses the stereotactic biopsy computer system to precisely locate the area of the breast from which the biopsy sample is to be taken.

After the skin and deeper tissues are injected with a local anesthetic to numb the area, a very small incision is then made in the skin of the breast where the needle will be inserted. The needle is inserted to the correct location of the suspicious area. The needle then collects many samples quickly – about one second for each sample.