A breast biopsy is a minor surgical procedure to collect a small sample of breast tissue for direct examination.
A stereotactic biopsy is done to evaluate a lump that cannot be felt during a breast examination, but is detected on a mammogram or ultrasound image. It uses a special type of X-ray equipment to precisely locate the lump. Then a tiny incision is made in the skin of the breast, and a needle is guided to the site to collect a tissue sample.
An ultrasound biopsy uses reflected sound waves rather than radiation to help locate the area of the lump for the biopsy.
Lima Memorial Women’s Health Center also is working with a new technology, the Mammotome Breast Biopsy System, which can collect up to 15 tissue samples at once with a single needle to reduce discomfort.
To contact Lima Memorial Women's Health Center, call 419-998-4497.