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Breast Biopsy

A stereotactic breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses special three-dimensional computerized imaging to pinpoint suspicious areas in the breast so that tissue samples may be withdrawn with a needle. Stereotactic breast biopsies are especially useful when the abnormality can be seen on a mammogram or ultrasound but cannot be felt.

How do I Prepare for my Biopsy?

Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit, do not wear deodorant, lotion, powder, or perfume under your arms or on your breast the day of the procedure.

It is recommended that you avoid taking aspirin for one week before your biopsy, or aspirin-like mediations (ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, etc.) for three days before your biopsy.

Be sure to talk to your doctor before discontinuing any prescribed aspirin therapy or blood thinning medication.

You may want to have a relative or friend present to lend support and also to drive you home afterwards.

What Will I Experience Before and During my Stereotactic Breast Biopsy?

A board certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will perform the stereotactic-guided breast biopsy.

You will be awake during the procedure and should experience little discomfort. You will be sitting upright in a chair with your breast placed gently on a platform. Your breast will be compressed using a paddle-shaped instrument, just as a mammogram.

Approximately two to three images will be taken at different angles. This allows the computer to locate the suspicious area for biopsy and assists in the placement of the biopsy needle by the radiologist.

After locating the suspicious area you will receive some local anesthetic. Then, using the computer images as a guide, the needle will be gently inserted into the suspicious area. It is common to take multiple tissue samples from the area.

Generally, the entire procedure is completed in about an hour. A small bandage will be applied. In some cases you may experience a small amount of bruising and mild discomfort. You may be given a cold compress to help minimize swelling and tenderness.

Most women feel fine after the procedure. However, exercise or strenuous activity should be avoided for twenty-four hours after the procedure.

What About the Results?

A pathologist will examine the tissue specimens and will report the findings to your doctor, usually within a few days.

The results of your biopsy will be made available to you through your designated health care provider or doctor.

What if I have to Cancel the Appointment?

Be sure to contact us at (904) 819-4707 or (904) 819-4720 if, for any reason, you cannot keep your appointment. We will help you reschedule to a more convenient time.