Toggle navigation Breast Imaging, Mammography. Many women report little pain and no scarring on the breast. Earlier breast cancer detection is here. Most patients report little to no pain during the procedure. A breast biopsy is the removal of a sample of breast tissue to test for cancer.
Stereotactic (Mammographically Guided) Breast Biopsy
Preparing for a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
The specialized mammography machine used in this procedure is similar to the mammography unit used to produce mammograms. A procedure to take a sample from a lesion in the breast using mammographic guidance. Post Biopsy Instructions. Thank you so much for the great service. Earlier breast cancer detection is here. Tissue samples are then removed using a vacuum-assisted device VAD ; vacuum pressure is used to pull tissue from the breast through the needle into the sampling chamber. Note: we are unable to answer specific questions or offer individual medical advice or opinions.
The target is composed of diffuse calcium deposits scattered throughout the breast, which on occasion are difficult to target. Any procedure where the skin is penetrated carries a risk of infection. The results of the biopsy will be called to your doctor, usually 3 to 5 working days from the time of your biopsy 8. You will need to make an appointment with your doctor to receive the results. You will be advised to stop taking aspirin, blood thinners, or particular herbal supplements which can increase your risk of bleeding for three to five days before your procedure. The samples themselves are x-rayed with the mammogram machine to confirm that we have obtained enough of the right tissue. The mammography technologist will help position and cushion you to make holding this position as comfortable as possible.
The risk, however, appears to be less than one percent of patients. For this procedure, you lie face down on the biopsy table with the breast requiring biopsy positioned through an opening in the table. If the mammogram shows only a vague change in tissue density but no definite mass or nodule, this method may not be successful. Though it is not necessary, a patient may want to bring a friend or family member to lend support and provide a ride home following the procedure. After administering a local anesthetic, the radiologist will make a small incision and insert the biopsy needle, using X-ray images to guide its placement to the tissue to be sampled. Many women report little pain and no scarring on the breast. The area will become numb within a short time.