This minimally invasive procedure helps pinpoint areas of concern in the breast. Tissue samples can be withdrawn with a needle for a biopsy. This procedure is appropriate when an abnormality is seen on the mammogram but is undetectable by touch.
The procedure is conducted under local anesthesia and takes approximately one hour; you are awake during the procedure. Two or three images are taken and a small needle is inserted to take the tissue sample. You should experience little to no pain during the procedure and can take over-the-counter pain medication if you need it following the procedure. There is no recovery time needed from this procedure.
Stereotactic breast biopsies are either ultrasound-guided or mammography-guided. Your radiologist will determine which option is appropriate for you.
Once the pathologist has determined the results of your biopsy, radiologist Dr. Gary Wood will communicate them to you. Typically, this will occur within three days of the biopsy.
Please call (520) 469-8810. You will need a physician order for this procedure.
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