What is a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy?

My doctor says I need a Non-Surgical Breast Biopsy. What can I expect?

A stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure that uses mammography to precisely identify and remove breast tissue from a spot within the breast. It’s normally done when the radiologist sees a suspicious abnormality on your mammogram.

During a stereotactic breast biopsy, your breast will be firmly compressed between two plates. Mammograms are used to produce stereo images and images of the same area from different angles to determine the exact location for the biopsy. A sample of breast tissue in the area of concern is then removed with a needle.


Will it hurt?

A number of factors can affect whether a mammogram hurts including breast structure, anxiety about the mammogram, or if the position of the machine is not right. Notify the technician if you feel pain.

What if I have more questions?

It is important that all of your questions be answered and you have the information you need before your biopsy procedure. Call the Diagnostic Imaging Department before your appointment if you have additional questions or concerns.

BVRMC Diagnostic Imaging Services: 712.213.8691.

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