Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

What is a stereotactic breast biopsy?

A breast biopsy is the removal of a sample of breast tissue to test for cancer. When a mammogram detects an abnormality that cannot be felt during a breast exam, a physician may want to perform a stereotactic breast biopsy, also known as an X-ray guided biopsy. The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging provides biopsy results within 24 hours of the procedure.

There are a variety of methods used to sample breast tissue. Stereotactic biopsy uses X-Ray technology to provide a minimally invasive option. During a stereotactic biopsy, the physician uses X-ray images to precisely locate a lesion, and then inserts a hollow needle into the abnormal area to remove cells for analysis.

Patient Experiences

Every day, DRI Greensboro strives to ensure patients have the best possible experience before, during and after their exams and procedures. It shows in patient feedback.

They performed a biopsy. I always requested the same physician at the center; you just have a sort of loyalty and affiliation to one person. She made me feel like I was her only patient.
—Ilene Kondrad

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Patient Education

The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging is committed to providing you with quality care, which includes providing accurate information and educational materials to help you understand and make informed decisions about your health.

During a stereotactic biopsy procedure, the patient remains seated in a chair facing the machine. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the needle will make a small knick in the skin. No stitches are needed for this procedure, which typically takes about an hour. Most patients report little to no pain during the procedure.

To prepare for a stereotactic biopsy, the physician may ask patients taking aspirin or another form of blood thinner to stop taking it three days in advance of the biopsy. Though it is not necessary, a patient may want to bring a friend or family member to lend support and provide a ride home following the procedure.

Resources & Forms

Below are some medical forms and educational materials relating to your imaging procedure. Before your appointment at DRI Greensboro, you may wish to download, print and complete medical forms and review educational materials. Completing medical forms in the privacy of your home can save you time and effort when you arrive. 

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