A stereotactic needle biopsy is a preventive screening tool that helps physicians identify and locate a breast tissue abnormality. Physicians recommended this procedure when a suspicious mass of tissue is detected on the mammogram but cannot be felt in a manual breast examination.

In a stereotactic needle biopsy, radiologists take 2D images of the breast and feed them into a computer, which analyzes the images and calculates 3D coordinates of the abnormalities in the breast.

This information helps radiologists locate the abnormal tissue and more accurately obtain tissue samples.

What to expect during a stereotactic needle biopsy

In a stereotactic needle biopsy, only a small sample is collected from the target area. The radiologist begins by cleaning a small area of the breast and applying an anesthetic to it. An incision is made, a hollow probe is inserted into the area of concern, and cells are obtained from the breast tissue.

How to prepare for the procedure

Patients are advised to prepare for a stereotactic needle biopsy by:

  • Wearing comfortable, two-piece clothing that can be easily removed
  • Discontinuing the use of any blood thinners such as aspirin up to a week before the procedure
  • Eating a light meal before the biopsy
  • Discussing medical conditions, allergies, and any medications with the doctor before the procedure is scheduled
  • Not wearing any perfume, talcum powder, or deodorant near the armpit, neck, or breast area
  • Wearing a tighter bra, as patients will be given an ice pack to minimize tenderness and swelling in the breast area

Follow-up care for patients

  • Press an ice pack near the site of the biopsy.
  • Take a shower 24 hours post-procedure.
  • Refrain from swimming or bathing in hot tubs for the following five days.
  • Allow the steri-strip to come off on its own.
  • Do not indulge in vigorous activity or lifting heavy objects for at least 24 hours.
  • Avoid taking blood-thinning medication, as it may initiate bleeding from the biopsied area.

A pathologist will analyze your biopsy results and report the findings to your physician. The physician can discuss the results and future treatment with you.

Patients can get their stereotactic needle biopsy performed at TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center.

TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center is an outpatient facility that provides patients with the latest in surgical care while connecting them with specialty physicians. We employ advanced medical technology, from medical testing to surgical procedures. Whether patients come in for a ductography, breast ultrasound, or medical biopsy, the specialist physicians at TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center look for the best ways to improve patient outcomes through top-rated care and technology.

Get in touch with our staff to learn more about our advanced facility and to find a specialty physician who can treat your specific condition.