Stereotactic Breast Biopsy


Your recent mammogram may show an abnormality or tiny calcium deposits, called microcalcifications, in your breast. Only a biopsy can determine if that abnormality is cancerous or benign (noncancerous).

Stereotactic biopsy is a diagnostic tool. It is a nonsurgical 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.

This procedure is less invasive and less painful compared to other methods. It takes far less time to perform this nonsurgical technique and you’ll be back home the same day.

Advantages to this Breast Stereotactic 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 painless
  • Local anesthesia only
  • Procedure takes less than an hour in a comfortable outpatient setting
  • No stitches are needed
  • 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

Download the Breast Stereotactic Biopsy brochure for more information and frequently asked questions.