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How does the procedure work?
Mammography is a low-dose X-ray system designed to examine breasts. The special mammography unit used to perform a stereotactic breast biopsy is a digital mammography machine. In digital mammography, as in digital photography, film is replaced by electronic detectors. These convert X-rays into electrical signals, which are used to produce images of the breast that can be immediately seen on a computer screen. Stereotactic mammography pinpoints the exact location of a breast mass by using a computer and X-rays taken from two different angles. Using these computer coordinates, the radiologist inserts the needle through the skin, advances it into the lesion and removes tissue samples.
How do I prepare for my Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy Appointment?
For optimal reporting, prior mammography films are needed for comparison. Please either have them sent to our department at 1008 Minnequa Avenue, Pueblo, CO or bring them with you on the day of your appointment.
How do I prepare for a Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy?
Paperwork is required, so we can make sure the medications we are going to give you will not interact with your current medications or cause a complication related to your past medical history.
Exam time for Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy: approximately 2 hours.
Diagnostic imaging procedures and studies require a doctor’s order. To schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations, please call (719) 557-4444.
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