Stereotactic breast biopsy

What is a stereotactic breast biopsy?

If your physician has found a breast abnormality, you will usually get an ultrasound guided biopsy. In some cases, we cannot see the abnormality well enough on the ultrasound and will need to take an x-ray guided biopsy instead. This allows us to find the correct spot with great precision. We call this procedure a stereotactic breast biopsy. You will receive a local anesthetic. After the tissue biopsy, we leave a marker on the spot: a small titanium bar that will show up on a mammogram, ultrasound, and MRI. This allows us to locate the spot during later screenings.

Duration

1 hour

After the procedure

If no abnormalities were found, you can go home directly after the procedure.

Results

Your practicing physician will discuss the results with you during your next consultation.