Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic breast biopsy uses a hollow needle to take tiny samples of breast tissue from a suspicious area to be studied under a microscope and determine a diagnosis. During this procedure, an x-ray helps find the tissue to be removed. Stereotactic biopsy may prevent the need for an open (surgical) biopsy. Open biopsy is done by taking samples of tissue through an incision (cut) made in the skin.

Things to Know

Stereotactic biopsy involves compression of the breast. In this way it is like a mammogram. This can be uncomfortable.

A stereotactic biopsy removes tiny samples of the suspect tissue. A larger area of tissue may need to be removed at a later time. Stereotactic biopsy is a common, safe procedure. It does have some risks, through they are rare. These include bleeding, infection and failure to remove the right tissue.