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stereotactic breast biopsy

Mammography is an excellent way to detect breast abnormalities; however, in many cases, it is difficult to determine whether an abnormality seen on a mammogram is benign or cancerous. Stereotactic biopsy utilizes a special computerized mammography machine to pinpoint the area of interest. Stereotactic breast biopsy removes a small tissue sample through a hollow needle passed through the skin into the area of interest. A pathologist will then determine whether the tissue is benign or cancerous so that treatment planning can begin.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday, 7 am - 3 pm

To Schedule an Appointment:

To schedule an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 847.990.6000. A physician's order is required.

When You Arrive:

After registering, you will be asked to change into a patient gown.

During the Exam:

The technologist will ask you to lie face down on a special examination table, making sure you are as comfortable as possible. Your breast will be positioned through a special round opening in the table. The table will then be elevated so the physician and technologist can perform the biopsy from below. The first part of the procedure will be much like your mammogram.

The physician will then administer a small amount of local anesthetic to keep the pain to minimum. Most patients report that they feel pressure or a slight discomfort in the area as the biopsy is being performed. Multiple samples may be obtained.

When the procedure is finished the nurse or technologist will apply pressure to the biopsy site for five to ten minutes to prevent bleeding. Afterwards, a dressing will be applied which you will wear home. You will then be given some post procedure care instructions.

After the Exam:

Most women feel fine after the procedure and are able to return to their normal routine soon after. However, we recommend that strenuous exercise or activity be avoided for at least 24 hours. If possible, it's not a bad idea to go home and relax after the procedure.

A pathologist will examine the tissue samples and a typed report will be sent to your physician within 3-5 days from the time you were examined. Your referring physician will contact you to discuss your results.

For further information, please contact the Radiology Department at 847.990.5380.

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