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stereotactic breast biopsy

A stereotactic breast biopsy is used to take samples when a mammogram shows a breast abnormality such as:

  • a suspicious solid mass
  • microcalcifications, a tiny cluster of small calcium deposits
  • a distortion in the structure of the breast tissue
  • an area of abnormal tissue change
  • a new mass or area of calcium deposits is present at a previous surgery site.

With stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine uses ionizing radiation to help guide a radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.  Two-dimensional digital images of the breast are taken from two different angles. Both images are sent to a computer for image analysis. The computer compares the data from each image and calculates the three-dimensional location coordinates for the breast abnormality. With such precise information to guide the biopsy needle, a doctor or radiologist can accurately sample fluid or tissue.

In addition to providing efficient and precise breast biopsy technology, BroMenn's MultiCare Platinum procedure table addresses patient care and comfort needs. The table offers a collection of ergonomically engineered cushions that provide targeted pressure point support for all body types and lesions. Also included are several interchangeable apertures to allow for more customized positioning, providing better access for more efficient procedures for more patients.

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