Stereotactic Biopsy

A stereotactic breast biopsy is an alternative to open surgical biopsy. It produces digital images of the breast allowing the radiologist to locate suspicious lesions to the accuracy of one millimeter. It is more cost effective than the surgical biopsy and leaves only a small scar at the site of the incision. Stereotactic core biopsies shorten the time from initial detection of lesions at mammography to final diagnosis and breast conserving therapy.

Some indications for a stereotactic breast biopsy are:

  • A suspicious mass that cannot be felt on breast exam
  • A mammogram showing suspicious clusters of small calcium deposits
  • A distorted structure of breast tissue
  • A new mass or area of calcium deposits present at a previous surgery site
  • The patient or physician strongly prefers a non-surgical method of assessment

Stereotactic breast biopsy provides the same reliability as surgical biopsy, but provides these significant advantages:

  • No anesthesia required
  • Less time required
  • More cost effective
  • Much less complicated