Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is done using mammography guidance. It is minimally invasive, and performed as an outpatient. The procedure is performed using local anesthetic with minimal discomfort and recovery time. Patients are awake throughout the procedure.
• Do not take aspirin or aspirin products 7 days before the biopsy.
• Do not take blood thinning products 7 days before the biopsy.
(for example: Coumadin, Plavix, Heparin)
• Do not take anti-inflammatory products 7 days before the biopsy.
(for example: Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen)
• Do not take Vitamin E products 7 days before the biopsy. A Multi-Vitamin is ok.
• Wear a two piece garment.
On the day of your biopsy:
• Please plan to be here for 90 minutes.
• You may eat and drink the day of the procedure.
• We will do a gentle mammogram after your procedure.
During your procedure:
• You will lie on your stomach on a special table with an opening which your breast is placed through. The table will rise so the radiologist and technologist can work from below.
• The technologist will locate the area and place your breast into compression.
• It is very important that you try not to move during the procedure.
• The technologist will take an image to confirm the area is positioned correctly.
• Your skin will be cleaned and the radiologist will then inject local anesthetic. You may feel a sting and minimal burning.
• A small nick is made in your skin, and a core needle is inserted through the nick.
• You may feel pressure, but you shouldn’t feel anything sharp.
• Once the procedure is complete your entire breast will be put in compression for about 10 minutes.
• After compression, we will bring you to a mammogram room and perform a gentle compression mammogram to confirm the biopsy clip location.
• We will then bandage the area and go over your instructions.