Our faculty are experts in stereotactic biopsies. Dr. Blickenstaff was the first radiologist in San Diego to perform this procedure. All of our radiologists are specialty trained in breast imaging, to provide you excellent care with the least amount of discomfort. We work closely with our pathologists and clinicians. This means that we obtain excellent biopsy specimens which are read by breast pathologists to allow for accurate diagnoses. The large majority of biopsies are benign.
Stereotactic-guided biopsy is used to target calcifications or masses seen only on mammogram. You will lie face down on a special table with an area for your breast. The breast is then compressed like a mammogram, and a sequence of images are obtained to localize the finding. Local anesthetic is given into your skin and breast, and additional images are obtained to guide the biopsy. The procedure usually takes 45 minutes.
We ask patients to not take aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen, or blood thinner medications during the week before their biopsy.
You will be given a small ice pack and a small bandage to wear over the area of the biopsy after the procedure is completed. We recommend you wear clothing that is loose and comfortable with sufficient coverage of your upper chest.