In order to definitively confirm whether or not an abnormal breast mass is cancerous, a biopsy must be performed. Stereotactic breast biopsy is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to an open or surgical biopsy. Using a computer guided imaging system, samples of the suspicious breast tissue are removed by a hollow needle with the help of a vacuum assisted device (VAD). The samples are then sent to a pathologist, who makes the final diagnosis.
Patients who had a stereotactic breast biopsy often report that they experience little to no pain. Because the incision is so small, there is usually no need for sutures, and no scars are formed. The procedure typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes but can take longer. Normal activity is resumed the next day.
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital earned the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy, and all breast imaging staff and equipment are certified under the ACR accreditation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Diagnostic Center at (252) 384-4427 to speak to a mammographer.