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Diagnostic Breast Services

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy 

Stereotactic breast biopsy is a diagnostic procedure that is used to evaluate an area of concern detected on a mammogram. The patient lies face down on a procedure table which has an opening through which the breast is placed. The breast is squeezed between two plates, similar to a mammogram. X-rays are taken to indicate from which area the tissue is to be taken. Tiny samples of breast tissue are removed using a thin, hollow needle. Samples are sent to the pathology lab for microscopic evaluation. This procedure takes approximately 1 hour.

How to Prepare for this Procedure

  • You may eat a light breakfast or lunch
  • Wear a comfortable bra and top that can be easily removed for the procedure
  • Bring a list of all your medications, including frequency and dosage
  • Bring a list of all your allergies
  • Take your usual medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician
  • If you are taking products that can increase your risk of bleeding, medications like Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavis, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, vitamin E, ginko biloba, garlic, glucosamine chondroitin, flaxseed, fish oil, feverfew, ginger, licorice, St. Johns Wart, Zinc, please notify the nurses in the Breast Health Center by calling 978.304.8112 at least 3 days ahead of time.

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ACR AwardLahey Outpatient Center, Danvers was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.