Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
We are proud to announce the recent addition of a stereotactic biopsy unit to North Ottawa Community Hospital as of January 2013. Now more than ever, we are providing the most
comprehensive early detection service to fight breast cancer on the lakeshore. NOCHS’ new Hologic MultiCare® Platinum Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Guidance System is designed to provide industry-leading technology and maximum patient comfort. This system delivers exceptional image quality and pinpoint accuracy thanks to leading-edge target and guidance technology.
What is a stereotactic biopsy?
The stereotactic biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure using a computer to locate and sample a specific area of concern in the breast. The patient lies face-down on a specially designed table, which has an opening where the breast is positioned. Unlike a routine mammogram, this technology produces a stereo image -- images of the same area from different angles — to determine the exact location for the biopsy. Once a local anesthetic is administered to numb the breast, a specially trained Radiologist guides a biopsy needle into the breast. One or multiple samples of breast tissue (each about the thickness of a grain of rice) are removed with the needle. The entire process takes about an hour. Most women feel well enough to resume their usual activities shortly after the procedure.
Do I need a physician referral?
Yes. Once we have a referral from your physician, our Breast Evaluation Center staff will coordinate everything for you -- from scheduling the biopsy, to follow up ... even coordinating surgery, if needed.
At NOCHS’ Breast Evaluation Center, we pride ourselves on providing the women of our community with the very best care, and a very personal experience. For more information about the full range of breast care service available at NOCHS, contact the Breast Evaluation Center at (616) 847-5430.