Steriotactic Breast Biopsy [return
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An excess of 200,000 women/year are diagnosed with breast cancer
Over the past 30 years, mammography, which are x-rays of the breast,
have greatly improved earlier diagnosis of breast cancer.
The fact is that a majority of cancers are visible on these x-rays
before being felt. If caught earlier, the chances of treatment/cure
are much higher.
In 1995 alone, 28 million mammographies were performed, and it
is estimated that this will increase to 50 million by the year 2000.
Over the past 10 years, a new diagnostic tool has emerged called
"steriotactic breast biopsy". This technique utilizes
mammography coupled with computer technology to achieve an adequate
specimen safely and much more simply with minimal patient discomfort.
This out-patient procedure is performed through a small incision.
It is done in one location without having to move the patient from
the radiology department to the operating room and requires only
local anesthesia. Usually, no stitches are necessary.
Research has proven this to be a safe minimally invasive procedure
which, most importantly, is accurate and reliable and prevents added
biopsies in the operating room.
If you are a patient who may require a breast biopsy, discuss this
option with your family physician or surgeon. You can call our office
for further information.