Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Imaging (Radiology) Procedures
What is the test?
Stereotactic breast biopsy is a nonsurgical
method of collecting breast tissue for microscopic analysis. This type of
biopsy is usually recommended to evaluate a mammographic finding.
How do I prepare?
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to
your scheduled appointment. On the day of the exam, do not wear deodorant or
powder. We suggest that you wear a two-piece outfit because you will be asked
to disrobe from the waist up and given a hospital gown to wear.
What can I expect during the
You will lie on your stomach on a special
table that has an opening for the breast to hang through. The breast will be
positioned and compressed similar to a mammogram. A pair of mammogram images
will be taken from two specific angles. (This is a “stereotactic” pair of
images.) This step allows the radiologist to precisely locate the area for
biopsy. Local anesthesia is used to numb the biopsy site. A special needle is
positioned in the breast at the site selected for biopsy and tissue samples are
taken. The specimens are sent to pathology for analysis. Stereotactic biopsy
takes about an hour and a half, and causes no permanent scarring or deformity
in the breast.
After the test?
You may experience a little soreness in the
area of the biopsy, but most women find sufficient relief from over-the-counter
pain medicine such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
How and when will I get my test
Typically, within 48 hours a written report
of your test results will be sent to your referring physician, who will review
them with you. Additional time (3 to 5 days) may be required if we are
comparing these test results to previous findings from another hospital.
Where is the test performed?
Stereotactic biopsy is performed at the
Convenient Care Campus on Warren Road at Arrowwood Drive in Ithaca.
About our Imaging Services
Cayuga Medical Center has a commitment to
and reputation for staying abreast of changing technology and our imaging equipment
is state-of-the-art. Our range of services is comprehensive and we offer all
imaging modalities found in major medical centers. Radiologists are on site at
all three of our locations, which also distinguishes the level of service we
Imaging Services is staffed by six-board
certified radiologists, many of whom are subspecialists in areas such as
neuroradiology, abdominal CT, and interventional procedures. Assisting them are
experienced radiologic technologists, many of whom have completed advanced
training and are certified in specialty modalities.