Stereotactic Core Biopsy

The Breast Health Center is nationally certified for stereotactic core biopsy, a minimally invasive procedure which establishes the precise diagnosis of a breast problem without the need for a surgical biopsy.

  • The patient is placed face down on a stereotactic table with the affected breast suspended through a hole in the table. The breast is lightly compressed to stabilize it.
  • The table is connected to a computer that processes digital images to locate the abnormality.
  • The radiologist will inject a local anesthetic and will make a small nick in the skin (less than ¼ inch) which will not require stitches. A computer guides the biopsy probe to the tissue for sampling, which is then sent to pathology for analysis.
  • A tiny metal clip may be left behind as a marker of the removed abnormality. A small bandage will be placed over the incision site.
  • There may be a sharp, stinging sensation when the local anesthetic is administered. During the procedure, you may feel slight discomfort or light pressure.
  • After the test, the breast may be sore and tender to the touch for several days. If an incision is made, pain medication will probably be prescribed. For needle biopsy, over-the-counter pain medication should be adequate.