IMAGING: DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

How it works: A stereotactic breast biopsy uses a hollow biopsy needle to obtain a tissue sample. A digital mammogram is used to ensure that the hollow biopsy needle is targeted to the precise location of interest. When the needle is inserted, another set of images is acquired to confirm positioning, and then the tissue sample is removed.

Why we do it: A Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is a minimally invasive surgery used to obtain a small tissue sample, which can be evaluated by a pathologist to determine the presence of cancerous tissue.

HERE TO HELP

Our Breast & MRI Center provides you with easy access to a ‘patient navigator’ who provides support, guidance and information if you require services beyond a screening mammogram. With more than 20 years experience in the medical field, our patient navigator, Cindy Davis, serves as a guide. Comforting and empowering, this reassuring woman-to-woman support helps patients confidently address the next steps in diagnosis and treatment.

The experience: To make this procedure as comfortable as possible, you will be given a local anesthetic (Lidocaine) to numb the area to be biopsied. You will be awake during the procedure, and our staff will monitor and assist you throughout the procedure.

When the procedure begins, the technologist will help you lie on your front on the stereotactic table with one breast positioned through an opening in the table. (If you will need medication to hold still or calm your nerves, we will help you obtain a prescription for oral medication from your physician.)

A digital mammogram will be obtained in this position and used to ensure that the hollow biopsy needle is targeted to the precise location of interest. Once the needle is inserted, another set of images are acquired to confirm positioning, and then the tissue sample is removed.

When the procedure is complete, the area(s) biopsied will be bandaged with steri-strips (butterfly band-aids). Before discharging you, we will review after-care instructions with you, and provide you with an ice pack to reduce the discomfort and bruising. Please note that bruising and discomfort is to be expected.

Prep & safety: Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Arrange for a family member or friend to accompany you. We require you to have a driver before being discharged.

Your results: The samples will be sent to pathology and the results will be sent you your physician as well as Oregon Imaging Centers in 2-3 days.