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Stereotactic Guided Core Biopsy

This is a minimally invasive procedure that provides accurate results for lesions that are best seen on mammogram images. During this procedure, the patient may be sitting or lying down. The breast is placed in compression (like a mammogram). Digital images are taken and stereotactic coordinates are used to localize the lesion within the breast. The breast radiologist will give local anesthesia and make a small skin nick. A needle is then placed in the breast and multiple specimens are obtained. These specimens are sent to a pathology lab to determine if the lesion is benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). At the completion of the procedure, a permanent biopsy marker is then inserted into the biopsy cavity for future reference.

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