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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

NorthCrest provides the Latest in Minimally-Invasive Stereotactic Breast Biopsies

NorthCrest expanded its health and wellness services available to women with the addition of Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsies.  Stereotactic breast biopsies represent an accurate and precise sampling of tissue without surgery from a suspected abnormality found on a mammogram. Since most women with an abnormal mammogram do not have breast cancer, but rather one of several benign breast conditions, stereotactic breast biopsy spares most women the discomfort and scarring associated with a surgical breast biopsy and allows them to immediately resume normal activities.

Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

A stereotactic breast biopsy is an image-guided biopsy that uses a special computer to guide a needle to an abnormality seen on a digital x-ray. Stereotactic vacuum-assisted biopsy is a simple procedure that is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring, collects multiple tissue samples during one needle insertion and is quickly performed. By stereo imaging, two-dimensional digital images of your breast are taken from two different angles. The computer uses the data from each image and calculates the three-dimensional location coordinates of your breast abnormality. This precise information allows your doctor or radiologist to accurately sample tissue for diagnosis.  A large percentage of these abnormalities are benign and present no health risks.

Patient benefits include:

  • Simple and safe
  • Minimal discomfort; little or no pain
  • No stitches are needed (incision is so small only a bandage is used)
  • Little or no scarring of the breast
  • Quick recovery
  • Appointment is usually completed within an hour in a comfortable outpatient setting
  • Results are accurate

Early breast cancer detection is critical for the best prognosis

Microcalcified sites can be an important early warning sign of malignancy in the mammary glands.  Some 80% of these calcium accumulations are benign, or non-cancerous.  This center uses the most advanced technology available to aid in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.  Siemen’s MammoTest digital prone table and Suros’ Eviva breast biopsy system from Hologic are used for this procedure and have been designed to make this procedure as comfortable as possible while producing superior clinical results.


A Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is the most accurate, efficient and minimally-invasive biopsy technique today.  This out-patient procedure allows patients to immediately resume normal activities and requires only a small incision while minimizing discomfort.