A stereotactic breast biopsy is a non-surgical procedure that can be done at The Women’s Imaging Center. A local anesthetic is used on the breast, so you will not feel anything. You will be awake during the procedure. Then, tiny pieces of abnormal tissue are removed using a special needle.
How is the procedure done?
You will lie on your stomach on an examination table during the procedure. Your breast will be positioned through a special round opening in the table. (Please let us know if you have any neck or back problems that would prevent you from lying on your stomach with your head turned to the side. You will be in this position for approximately 30 minutes). Your breast will be compressed for the procedure, as it is during a mammogram. X-rays will then be taken.
The skin around the biopsy area will be cleaned. The doctor will inject a local anesthetic. When the area is numb, the doctor will then make a small nick in your skin and will insert the needle. X-rays will be taken to check the placement of the needle. Several small pieces of tissue (biopsies) will then be remove using the biopsy needle. Adhesive strips and sterile dressing will be applied.
Written by Kelly McAleese, M.D., Timothy Colt, M.D., and Margaret A. Montana, M.D.
Breast Imaging Radiologists
The Women’s Imaging Center is proud to announce that we have added 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography at our Denver/Cherry Creek location. Our other locations in Lakewood, Littleton and Westminster/Arvada all use the highest rated digital mammography systems, Hologic Dimensions and Selenia. Our main scheduling number remains 303-321-CARE (2273) for all our locations. The Women’s Imaging Center is committed to providing individualized, innovative, state-of-the-art healthcare to women.