To schedule a procedure, referring physicians may call (608) 263-9729 (263-XRAY).
Patients may not refer themselves and schedule an appointment for this procedure.
- Mammograms reveal non-palpable abnormalities
- Microcalcifications (clustered, new or increasing in number) exist
- Lesions show up on a mammogram but not on a ultrasound
Viable candidates will undergo a medication review and screening with a nurse to verify they can maintain a certain position on the procedural table, do not exceed the maximum weight and are not allergic to lidocaine or nickel. Patients that are not candidates may be offered options including needle localization or short-term follow-up with breast exam and mammogram.
Stereotactic biopsy is done under local anesthesia and requires a very small incision. After the patient is properly positioned and the anesthesia takes effect, a small incision is made in the skin. A hollow core needle is passed through the area in question to obtain the necessary samples.
The results of the biopsy are available from the primary care provider within four days.