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Stereotactic Biopsy and Fine-Needle
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What is a Stereotactic Biopsy?

A simple procedure that allows a doctor to remove a tiny section of breast tissue that requires follow up after appearing as an irregularity in a mammogram. This modern procedure provides the same reliability as a more complicated surgical biopsy. A stereotactic biopsy is performed quickly, with local anesthesia. It involves no hospitalization, no disfiguring scarring, and no recovery time. Perhaps most important, the results are available quickly. In the majority of cases, biopsies performed will turn out to be benign.

What is a Fine-Needle Aspiration?

Fine-Needle Aspiration is similar procedure to the stereotactic biopsy, but is performed when cystic material in the body has been diagnosed. A fine-needle aspiration is a simple procedure to drain fluid from cysts or lesions in the body. Like the stereotactic biopsy, a fin-needle aspiration is performed quickly, with local anesthesia. It involves no hospitalization, no disfiguring scarring, and no recovery time. Perhaps most important, the results are available quickly. In the majority of cases, biopsies performed will turn out to be benign.

How do I Prepare for the Exam

No special preparation is required for a stereotactic biopsy or the fine-needle aspiration. Remember to wear loose fitting clothing and leave jewelry at home. Tell you doctor about all medications you are taking prior to the procedure.

What Will the Procedure Be Like?

Both procedures are outpatient exam and may be performed with the use of an x-ray or an ultrasound. A doctor with special training in these procedures will perform the exam.

You will be asked to undress from the waist up and the technologist will position you as comfortably as possible on an exam or x-ray table in a special chair. An x-ray picture or ultrasound image will be taken to verify the area to be sampled. Using the x-ray picture or ultrasound image your doctor will locate the exact portion of your tissue to be sampled.

Next, your doctor will clean and then numb the area to be tested. You may feel a tiny pinch similar to a pinprick. A small incision, no more than ¼ of an inch, will be made to insert the needle. You may feel some pressure, but it is important to relax, this procedure is rarely painful.

After the tissue sample has been taken for the biopsy or the fluid has been drained for the aspiration, sterile gauze will be applied to the incision for a few minutes to prevent bleeding. Finally, a bandage will be placed over the incision and the doctor will provide instructions for the care concerning the area. Your breast will heal quickly, leaving almost no sign of the procedure.

What Happens After the Exam?

After the procedure you will be free to return to your normal activities, unless told otherwise by your doctor. You may feel some soreness and should avoid strenuous activity for the remainder of the day.

How Will I Learn the Results?

A pathologist (a doctor who studies cells under a microscope) will study your tissue sample. The pathologist will prepare a report for your doctor, who will review the findings with you. Typically, the results will be ready in 24-48 hours, but you may want to ask your doctor when you will receive your test results.

Please call the Women’s Diagnostic Center at (718) 780-5029 or (718) 780-5030 to schedule an appointment.

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