Since 1995, Summit Radiology has been performing stereotactic breast biopsies. These biopsies are done under stereotactic guidance for masses or abnormal findings on your mammogram that are not well seen under Ultrasound. The biopsies are done on a dedicated table with the patient lying in the prone position (on stomach) with the breast immobilized in light compression. The machine determines the location of the mass to be biopsied using stereotactic x-ray guidance. The biopsies are then done under a local anesthetic using a needle that removes small cores of tissue. Usually about four or five samples are taken, and the specimens are then sent to Pathology. The results of the biopsy are usually available in 48 hours. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and can resume regular activities within a day. There is some minor bruising after the biopsy, however, there will be no permanent scar on the skin or within the breast tissue. If the results are abnormal, surgical excision is required.

 

* Stereotactic biopsies are safe, less expensive and less invasive than open surgical biopsies.
* Summit Radiology has performed over 2000 stereotactic breast biopsy procedures.
* Summit Radiology has received Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation from the American College of Radiology.