What is Stereotactic (Mammographically Guided) Breast Biopsy?
Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous.
A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. This can be performed surgically or, more commonly, by a radiologist using a less invasive procedure that involves a hollow needle and image-guidance. Image-guided needle biopsy is not designed to remove the entire lesion.
In stereotactic breast biopsy, our tomosynthesis/3D mammography machine uses x-rays to help guide the radiologist’s biopsy equipment to the site of the abnormal growth.
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