Stereotactic Needle Biopsy
Stereotactic needle biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of breast tissue. It is used for areas that cannot be felt but are seen on mammogram. If your physician/nurse practitioner determines this biopsy is needed, a radiologist will perform the procedure.
- Avoid aspirin or aspirin-like drugs (Motrin, Advil, etc.) for one week before the biopsy.
- Check with your doctor about taking prescription medicines.
- Tell the technologist before the test begins if you may be pregnant.
- Wear a bra. You may want to wear a sports bra.
What to Expect
the biopsy, you will lie face down on a special table. The technologist
will position your breast through an opening in the table, then take
x-rays to locate the biopsy site.
- The doctor
will use a local anesthetic in the breast to numb the site. Most women
say this is a painless procedure. Several samples of tissue are removed
with a hollow needle. The test takes from 45 minutes to an hour. You
must lie still during this time. Your doctor may choose to permanently
and safely mark the biopsy site with a very small clip. You will not
feel it once it is placed in your breast.
After the Biopsy
- Pressure is applied over the biopsy site for a few minutes to stop any bleeding.
- When the test is done, steri-strips (paper-like tape) will be applied on the skin incision.
- Bruising may occur at the biopsy site, but should subside within five to seven days.
- You will have an ice compress that fits inside your bra.
home, apply an ice pack to your breast to relieve swelling and reduce
bruising. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, with a 30 minute break
between applications. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- You may take Tylenol for discomfort. Do not take aspirin or aspirin-like drugs.
strenuous activity and lifting (nothing over five pounds) for 24 hours
after the biopsy. Otherwise, you may resume normal activities as long
as you are feeling well.
Call Your Doctor if You Have:
- Bleeding or drainage from the biopsy site.
- Excess swelling, redness or warmth at biopsy site.
- Pain not relieved by medication.
- Your doctor/nurse practitioner will have the biopsy results within 3 to 4 working days. Call your doctor if you have not received the results.