We have expanded our health and wellness services available to patients with the addition of Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsies. Stereotactic breast biopsies represent an accurate and precise sampling of tissue without surgery from a suspected abnormality found on a mammogram. Since most people with an abnormal mammogram do not have breast cancer, but rather one of several benign breast conditions, stereotactic breast biopsy spares most individuals the discomfort and scarring associated with a surgical breast biopsy and allows them to immediately resume normal activities.
Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
A stereotactic breast biopsy is an image-guided biopsy that uses a special computer to guide a needle to an abnormality seen on a digital x-ray. Stereotactic vacuum-assisted biopsy is a simple procedure that is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring, collects multiple tissue samples during one needle insertion and is quickly performed. By stereo imaging, two-dimensional digital images of your breast are taken from two different angles. The computer uses the data from each image and calculates the three-dimensional location coordinates of your breast abnormality. This precise information allows your doctor or radiologist to accurately sample tissue for diagnosis. A large percentage of these abnormalities are benign and present no health risks.
Patient benefits include:
- Simple and safe
- Minimal discomfort; little or no pain
- No stitches are needed (incision is so small only a bandage is used)
- Little or no scarring of the breast
- Quick recovery
- Appointment is usually completed within an hour in a comfortable outpatient setting
- Results are accurate
Early breast cancer detection is critical for the best prognosis
Microcalcified sites can be an important early warning sign of malignancy in the mammary glands. Some 80% of these calcium accumulations are benign, or non-cancerous. At Wilmington Surgical Associates, we use the most advanced technology available to aid in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
We take our responsibility of providing the best surgical solutions for your health very seriously, please call our office at 910-763-7636 to schedule your appointment or to ask us any questions.